Before I tell you about this coat, a little back story. Two years ago, while doing what I do best (a.k.a scouring Flickr for sewing inspiration), I fell in love with the Uptown Girl jacket, a Make it Perfect pattern. I obsessed over it for awhile, then ordered the pattern, having no idea if I had the skills to make the jacket. I was totally thrilled when it all came together – it was a huge undertaking at the time, and one of first real garments I ever sewed for Lila. The pattern gave me a serious sewing confidence boost.
And look at mini Lila in her jacket! It’s a size 1.
I had every intention of making this coat during fall KCWC, but the pattern wasn’t for sale in the US at the time. I was finally able to buy it from Pink Chalk Fabrics in December. I do wish she could’ve gotten some wear out of it this fall, because the size 4 ended up fitting a bit more snugly than I’d anticipated. The pattern calls for quilting cotton and I used velveteen, so I wonder if the thicker fabric had something to with that. The sleeves were looking pretty narrow when I made the exterior, so I went back and let out the seams out by 1/4 inch. But it still won’t be fitting in the next cold season like I’d hoped.
But back to the Innocent Crush velveteen…it’s pretty irresistible. So soft, and such a nice sheen. That Anna Maria Horner really knows her stuff. I dislike most everything purple, but I really do love this fabric.
I picked a raspberry shot cotton for the lining.
It’s a warm and cozy coat – double-breasted, cotton batting sandwiched between the layers, and side seam pockets to keep fingers warm. And don’t let the sun fool you, it’s been cold around here.
Now you’d think a gal might like a cozy coat like this, right? Much like most of what I make for her to wear, she’s not too jazzed about it. She had a whole list of complaints – not comfy, the pockets are in the wrong place (?), blah blah blah.
Nevermind, she’s sold!
But yeah, seriously, she’s not a fan. Oh well. I’m sure Oscar will look mighty fine in purple velveteen when he’s four.