They are so darn cute!
The coats and the children.
I recently made some, using the Peek-A-Boo Shop's Pea Coat pattern for the Very Go To Christmas Pattern series that Andrea from The Train to Crazy is running. The series is full of great pattern reviews from a star studded line up of bloggers all using patterns from the Go To Pattern directory. Go To Patterns is an excellent resource (at least in my opinion) for tried and true patterns that sewing bloggers use and love.
So, I made the Olivia & Oliver Pea Coat...
It was really quick to cut out and assemble. I think it would make a great first coat, if you've never made one before. It's very basic with no pockets, no hood and all the raw seams are all enclosed.
It's also a fairly quick, satisfying sew and straightforward enough that you could easily customize it with pockets if you wanted.
I personalized each jacket with a handmade tag made from white canvas and a fabric sharpie. (I really need to order some pro ones I won from Prap).
And I have to say, the colors in Owen's jacket are my favorite. I chose bright colors for the boys' linings that verge close to neon but not quite. The color pops stand out when they move around. So fun...
Five things I love about the pattern:
* The size range is large: 3 months to 8 years. That covers all of my kids right now and they are spaced relatively far apart in age. I love it when a pattern has a large age range like that, so I know I'll get great use out of it.
* It fits really well. My children are slender, even as babies. These jackets fit great on them and don't make them look even more petite because they are drowning in them. I found this to be true for the Peek-a-boo Shop's skinny jeans pattern too. Love this pattern maker. :)
That is...with the exception of Owen. I went up a size for his jacket so he could wear it longer. The result is that it fits so so. I know it will look better maybe in the Spring.
* The construction is simple and there are not too many pattern pieces. Like I said...great first coat if you've never made one.
*The paper pattern was easy to cut out and assemble as well. Very straightforward and doesn't use too much ink.
*You can make the coat almost blazer like if you use a thinner lining and maybe choose a slimmer size.. I chose to use fleece and make them straight coats this time, but I might whip another knit one up for Natalie come Spring? It's such a versatile piece and a great pattern to have on file.
Three things to keep in mind, and that I wish I knew before I started:
* The fabric recommendations for each coat are pretty exact. There is not much wiggle room and not much fabric goes to waste when cutting the outer fabric (but you'll have lots of lining leftover). This is especially true if you are using something directional, like corduroy.
* The jacket won't look quite right until you install the buttons. Even after I top stitched all the way around twice, I was starting to worry that I wouldn't like the fit of this coat. When I was completely done though, I was super happy with it. I gasped with delight as each of my kids' tried on their coats.
*Setting in the sleeves will take longer than you might expect. I am guessing sewing the sleeves in took about 40% of the total sewing time (which was really only a couple hours...maybe... for each coat).
(You can see that I started to trace it the wrong direction. Oops. I also had to space it just right to get it to all fit.)
I was super thrilled to be able to make some cute little coats for my littles. Now, they can look quite dapper as they go to church or for just around the town adventures.
(Gotta love Reid's expressions. He uses his whole body and pulls the best ones)
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Hope you're having a lovely holiday season!