Last October, I bought 2 coat patterns from Dear My Kids – The Pea Coat & The Double Breasted Coat. Hmmm… coat patterns – in October – in the southern hemisphere. The thought of making a coat during the heat of summer just does not make sense. But as the cooler months start to approach, it was time to get into my first foray of coat-making.
Miss S chose the Double Breasted Coat, so I based this coat on that pattern. Thankfully, Christine at fromanigloo had a sew-along (Day 1, 2, 3 & 4) for the coat, so I had a quick read before starting. She mentioned that they were a little on the small side, so I cut out the size 5 pieces and added seam allowances.
As you can see, what I made is very different from the coat in the pattern. I taped the front and back yokes to the front and back pieces to make whole front and back pieces. It’s not double-breasted as I used large buttons. Hence the row of buttons. As a point of difference, I added some simple pockets – what kid doesn’t like pockets?
The fabric was this weird shade of brown denim that I just had to get as it was only about $4. The lining was a $3 length of quilting cotton. Add some buttons and sewing thread, this coat cost less than $10 in materials to make. This is so very cool.
Miss S loves her new coat – even though there’s not a shade of pink in sight. Having said that, she did choose the lining fabric. It fits her perfectly – the sleeves are a little long, but it is a size 5 on a 3-year-old. And there’s room to add layers underneath as the weather gets colder.
I think I’d like to make another one with my good felted merino. Or perhaps, I’ll use that for a coat for me.