Thie year, for the first time, I let my kids pick out their own fabric for their coats. I took them to Mood in NYC. First I showed them the wools, which must be an acquired taste because they were unimpressed. Then I brought them back to the furs, which were a huge hit. I was surprised they did not pick more colorful furs. My younger daughter picked a long haired fur that could double as an ewok costume. My older daughter picked a white fur with metallic gold stripes.
The pattern came from the Japanese pattern book Basic Style. It’s a great book, with loads of different styles of childrens’ coats. However, I bought it at least a year ago, maybe two, and this is the first thing I’ve made from it. So maybe it’s not that useful to me. I used the duffel coat pattern, but simplified it a bit because all the duffel coat doodads would just be lost in the fur.
My older daughter is now 129 cm tall. I always sew one size up for my kids so things last a while, which would be 140 in this book. And that is the largest size in the book! I’m at a bit of a loss as to what I will do next year for her coat. She’s certainly getting taller, but her frame is still so slight that even the smallest adult sizes would swamp her.
This will almost certainly be the last time that I work with fur in August. It was not so bad in the beginning, when it was mostly flat seams. But toward the end of this project, when the jackets were almost completed, I felt like I was wrestling an uncooperative medium-sized animal under the sewing machine. And I swear, these coats gave off heat of their own. I had to sew on the buttons a couple at a time because I just could not keep these coats in my lap. If I do make fur jackets again, I’m waiting until September at least.
Here are some detail photos:
Below you will find my Gallery of Coats Past, showing my previous childrens coats. The photos link to the posts that I did about each coat.