We are fans of See Kate Sew patterns (and blog) around here, so I was excited to get the chance to test in her new Fall line. The line, which has just been released, includes this coat along with some great tops and a dress perfect for the girly girl in your life. You may remember the coat from the All-Star season of Project Run and Play.
I have a small fear of sewing outerwear. It can be bulky, may require some extra sewing techniques, and the material cost is usually a bit more. This all means my anxiety about creating a piece that won’t fit, won’t look good, or just plain won’t get worn goes through the roof.
I knew I wanted a wool for the outer layer. So I packed up the kids and we ventured out to the warehouse to do some remnant shopping. I picked up the wool (which I still have a big chunk left over of), my designer cotton lining, and notions for around 20 bucks. Inside the acceptable risk zone.
She’s dancing. Because she loves her coat! We had a couple Fall days to test it out. It was probably overkill, but I wanted pictures. It was near 80 plus degrees the week I sewed this up. She was not that happy to try it on. We reached a tentative agreement that blue would be ok since there were flowers in the lining pattern- she calls this her flower coat and happily wears it even though it is not pink. That is a big win for mama these days.
Where I cheated
Ok so I cheated just a little bit. I knew my not quite 3 yr. old wasn’t going to care about the exterior pocket, and I couldn’t get as clean of a rounded edge as I wanted- so I left it off. Instead I sewed the top flap on just as you would and placed the button to give the look of the pocket. Still looks cute with much less worry about a fraying pocket or less than perfect distraction happening.
I also skipped the buttonholes. Honestly I’m not sure my poor machine could have handled the lining and wool combo. But more importantly it is 1000 times easier to dress my kid in her jacket when I have snaps.
I put in snaps and overlaid them with buttons. I used the small snaps I had in my stash, I may replace them with a more heavy duty snap.
You can find all the patterns in See Kate Sews new pattern release HERE.
Do you sew outerwear? What’s your favorite outerwear pattern?