I just made Pipi a new Winter coat, and I’m just so happy with how it turned out!
It wasn’t completely smooth
sailing sewing, but we got there in the end, and I’m really happy with the finish of it and how it looks on little Pipi. The pattern is the 'stylish kid's coat' by Dear my kids and I sewed a size 3 for my 2 year old in the hope that it will last for next Winter as well.
I realised Pipi needed a new coat when I looked at a photo of her wearing her current one* (a cute little French coat that had belonged to Isabelle) … and realised that the sleeves were NOT meant to be 3/4 sleeves and that it was in fact 6-12 month size! From there I started searching for coat inspiration. I was inspired by these two images on Pinterest and knew I wanted something vintage looking, preferably double breasted with a peter pan collar … and that’s how I stumbled upon this pattern.
(And while it doesn’t have a hood, I have enough fabric left to make a matching Big Little Pixie hat if I feel so inspired.)
Speaking of fabric, the outer fabric is a wool poly blend in a beautiful dusky pink that I got at a half price sale at Spotlight. It’s hard to see from the photos but it has a silver sparkle/ glint running through it. (This is probably most evident in the close up of the colour below). When I was cutting the pattern out Isabelle noticed the sparkle and said that “Pipi would be just like Michael Jackson, because he wore sparkly coats … although perhaps a bit more girly!” (Hilarious!)
For the lining I used a vintage sheet that a lady from church had given me and the buttons were some that I happened to have in my stash – so all up it cost me $11.50 in materials, plus the cost of the pattern of course but it’s size range is 12m- 6 years and one that I’m sure I will sew again.
Yes, I think I will sew again despite a couple of hiccups along the way. There weren’t any major issues I just found the yoke details and easing in the sleeves a little tricky – something I haven’t done in a while having done so much knit sewing where setting in sleeves is so much easier (in my opinion!)
Another issue I had was that when I attached the the edge of the outer sleeves with the lining I managed to completely twist the lining of one of the sleeves making it really tricky (although not impossible) to get an arm in… I knew this would annoy me to know end so I decided to fix it. I had decided to topstitch around the whole coat (not something that was called for in the pattern, but I just liked the finish), so instead of unpicking my turning hole, turning the coat inside out and then re-sewing the sleeve edge, I just unpicked the sleeve edge, untwisted it and sewed it back down with topstitch to match what I’d done with the rest of the coat anyway. I’m so glad I did it because it not only fixed my mistake but gave it an even more professional finish. Sewing high five for me!
And in case you’re wondering if Pipi likes it? She does, she ran round saying ‘pweetty Pipi’ while I took these photos… But yesterday was a completely different story (see below).
Note to self, do not force a coat on your child right after they’ve awoken from their nap… lesson learned.
There is still a couple of Winter items I’d like to get made, maybe a merino singlet or two … but for now I’m going to bask in this sewing success (and a little bit of beautiful Hawkes Bay Winter sunshine!)
What have sewn lately?
*P.S. Here’s a side-by-side of her old and new coats for comparison!