|I had the idea for an embroidered coat like this in my mind for a long, long time. So, the Sewing for Children 2013 Contest was the perfect oppurtunity for my to start this project and actually, finish it. And i have to admit, that (with the ups and downs during its construction) it was the contest which pushed me to finish it. So, thank you PatternReview for making me a Finisher |
After i've settled on a pattern, I've began with an extensive search for the right floral embroidery design and chosen this embroidery design from golden needle designs.
The pattern is Burda 09-2012-149. It is described on burdastyle.com as follows: "This little girl’s coat looks great made in a bright color! It is double-breasted with a rounded collar and has cute patch pockets with flaps. Just add colored tights and hair band with pom poms for a outfit that is perky and cute."
I've chosen this pattern because it has simple design lines. It has side seams only. So, that would work well with the embroidery. I also like the loose fit, such that my daughter has enough free moving space to run, jump and play (whatever kids do at this age And the peter pan collar adds just the right amount of cute-ness.
The pattern comes in kids sizes 98-122.
To find the right size was quite a journey. Especially, because i'm new to kids sewing and fitting is difficult with a 2-year-old-moving-girl.
First, i've started with the wrong size. My little girl wears 86 at the moment (August). I wanted to sew size 92 such that she can wear it during the whole winter. That's why i've bought the pattern as a download and resized it while printing. I've chosen to downscale the pattern to 90% of the original size. My calculation was 0,9 * size 98 = size 88,2 (and Burda runs big). But it was too big and she was drowning in this coat. For pictures, please visit my blog here.
So, i've started all over again. This time, i've downsized the pattern to 75% of the original size.
This time, i've used the control square just to recognize that it is actually downsized to 85% of the original size (not 75%). So, this explains a lot (why it fits now and was too big in the first try).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except my changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It is typically Burda. Usually i don't use the instructions at all. Because to me they are more confusing than helpful. I'm using the German instruction, but i think there are no differences between the German and English instructions. For example it says "Seam Allowances: Seams 1.5 cm, Hems 4 cm". I think Burda should be so generous and donate us a verb. This way it is not clear if the seam allowances are included or need to be added.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was in the search for simple design lines that work with the embroidery. I also like the peter pan collar and the relaxed fit.
When i've started, i've used some wonderful soft and luscious Cashmere fabric from one of my UFOs/wadders. It was intended as a coat for myself which i've blogged about here
When I've started again i couldn't find the exact same fabric and bought some Cashmere/Wool blend. It consists of 70% Wool, 10% Cashmere and
20% Polyamid. It isn't as soft and luscious as the previous fabric but still nice and beautiful.
I wasn't sure if it would be warm enough for our cold winters, so i've lined it with quilted lining (sorry, don't know if this is the right word).
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I've omitted the sleeve bands, pockets, the tab in the back and made it single breasted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to sew it in a bright color like for example red and with the design features from the original design. I would recommend it to others.
I love it. And even my daughter seems to love it. Usually, she refused to dress on. But when i've showed her the coat and asked her to try it on, she came dutifully and didn't cry or run away.
All pictures are here.
See my blog posts here.