"This classic unlined trench coat pattern for boys and girls includes double-breasted button front, raglan sleeves, shoulder flap, button tabs at sleeves, and tie belt at waist. The unisex version (View A) has pockets, while the ultra-feminine alternate version (View B) features a dropped-waist skirt." (from the Oliver & S website)
6 months-size 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Extremely easy to follow, clear, concise, logical--wonderful!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the way this pattern makes a seemingly complicated project so easy. I like the way the pattern shows how to bind the inside seams--especially great for an unlined jacket.
Stretch corduroy underlined with stretch cotton sateen
Merimekko Green Honeycomb Circles Stretch Corduroy (from the online store, Fabric Fairy)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My primary design change is that the whole coat is underlined. I just cut the coat out again in the cotton sateen, basted those pieces to the corduroy, then proceeded with the construction, treating the underlined pieces as normal.
I also added a detachable, lined hood by using the hood pattern piece from Simplicity 1566. Then I sewed buttonholes on the hood and buttons under the coat collar. I love the result!
I added a loop at the inside center back to hang the coat on a coat rack. I don't know why patterns don't include this very easy and necessary feature.
Knowing how impatient a toddler can be while buttoning just 3 buttons, I thought that 6 would be asking too much. So only 3 of the buttons at center front are functional. The other three are just sewn on top of the uncut buttonholes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, for sure! This is the smallest size for this pattern, so we've got years of trenches ahead of us in different colors, fabrics, and sizes.
This is an awesome pattern and company. It was hard, at first, for me to spend more than 99 cents on a pattern; I've been spoiled by Joann Fabrics sales. However, I am so glad I did. It was worth every penny. The best part is that my baby is ready for autumn weather!!
More info and photos on my blog: Style Me Mary