Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Seasonal Sewing - A Toasty Tiny Trench Coat!

Do you ever have something that's been on your "to-sew" list for so long it seems like you'll never get to it? That was me with this coat.  I'd fallen in love with this fabric last fall, but just couldn't get the time to make it into anything.  This year I was determined to carve out some time so my little lady could get some wear out of it and it wouldn't have to wait another year on the shelf!

I thought it would be ideal as a coat so it would be worn more than just a handful of times.  I used a pattern from the 1/2010 issue of Ottobre Design.  It's called Variksenmarja (try to remember how to spell that one!).  I just loved the tailored look and inverted pleats:

I have to admit I have a love/hate feeling about using Ottobre Design patterns.  On the one hand the European designs are really lovely and give more stylish, well-fitting options than most other pattern makers. And it's great to get so many patterns in a range of sizes in just one issue, some of which I have used many, many times over.  

Yet, not having any visual directions makes it pretty hard to decipher things since they are translated into English from Finnish.  In paragraph form.  If you get confused, or don't understand a technique they are using, you're out of luck.  And just having one finished item photo, from one angle, doesn't help much either.  I'm definitely not a sewing novice, but the instructions for this coat seemed so convoluted to me that I literally just cut the pieces and then put the coat together the way it seemed logical to me, side-stepping their directions all together.  

But as a result of doing it my own way, I was able to swap in roll up cuffs instead of the non-functional cuff straps in the original design.  Now this little coat can be worn a bit longer and show off the cuddly, fleecy lining fabric.  I got this fab knit in a fabric store in Canada this summer and wish I knew exactly what it's called!  I love how it's plush fleece on the one side and sweater knit on the reverse.  I used the fuzzy side for the coat's inside and sweater side out for the underside of the collar:

I also love how it's practically an outfit on its own and how the plush interior keeps her toasty warm.   That it makes Miss Fancy Pants come running to put it on (because she enjoys wearing it too) makes it well worth the wait:)

Sharing this with my FAVE LINK PARTIES too so click HERE to check them out!


  1. That is so stinkin' cute! You did a great job on it.

  2. Oh my gosh...this is adorable, I love the fabric that you chose and the lining looks so comfy. This will be one to set back in her keepsake box for sure, you did a fantastic job!

  3. I love it! so adorable! thanks for sharing!!

  4. Thanks for featuring my Pop Up Snowman! Your little girl is a cutie.. I can see she's fun to sew for!


  5. Beautiful fabric! and such a gorgeous coat!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  6. What a sweet coat! I love the fabric, both color and print. And the little model... do they come any cuter?!

  7. This is absolutely beautiful! What a great job! Wishing I had little girls to make some for!!!

    Thanks for sharing at Calling All Crafters!

  8. What a beautiful coat! I think the trees make the fabric look a little Christmasy too, so perfect timing on the sewing front.

  9. This coat is adorable! I would love love for you to link up at Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-stalking-thursday-17.html

  10. Wow, that is just gorgeous! And she looks adorable! I can understand why she comes running, I want a coat like that, too!

  11. It's adorable! Funny thing...today my youngest daughter is wearing the Karpalo lined pants from the 06/09 issue of Ottobre Design in that exact same fabric.:)

  12. So cute! I just love that print. I've had that same coat on my to-sew list for much too long.

  13. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Cherly!

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! With all the parties out there to choose from, it means a lot that you take the time be a part of mine! Warmest wishes, Jenn

  14. I love to sew and I LOVE to sew for my little girl! You have just inspired me to get out my sewing machine one more time this year (it's only been put away for a few weeks).Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-2.html

  15. GORGEOUS!! I featured you tonight!


  16. What a fantastic job! Looks so warm and comfy. Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursdays. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've been up to this past week.

    --Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  17. Oh my goodness this is so beautiful :)


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