It's the last week of Project Run & Play already! I have been sewing along and you can see what I made for week 1 (the remix challenge) and week 2 (candy inspired). The third week was 'mad for plaid' and I had this coat in mind for that...but didn't get to finish it in time. But the fourth and final week is supposed to be all about your signature style and I think this plaid coat fits in perfectly for that theme too.
When I saw the coat pictured below I just HAD to make it! It's from Anthropologie and was worn by Zooey Deschanel in New Girl. I seriously want one of these for myself and plan to make one as soon as I come across the right plaid. I already had the perfect plaid for a little girls' version of this coat and so that's what I made.
1. I'm cheap. I love the look of Anthropologie, but wouldn't buy something like this at full price. The beauty of sewing is that if you want the look of something but it's too expensive, or it's unavailable in children's sizes...you can make it!
2. I am still pretty new to sewing and 'knock-offs' are a good way for me to test out some new pattern making skills. If I have something I'm closely replicating, it helps me stay focused and figure out how to sew something new. I do a lot of knock-offs for this reason. But someday I hope to be able to think up these things entirely on my own. I'm getting there.
3. Details - there are lots of little details in this coat. I like to add details to my projects because...if I'm going to go through the trouble and time it takes to sew something...why not make it great? The details are what makes it special. And those special touches are what make my kids LOVE to wear what I make for them. The highest compliment I can have about my sewing is that my kids ask to wear pieces I've made every day. They are sad when their favorite things are in the wash and they have to wear something from a 'store.'
So let's look at some of the details of this coat.
I also added a navy anti-static lining for a pop of shine inside the hood and against the zipper so the fleece doesn't get caught in the zip. To top off the inside of the jacket, I added a fun pocket for the hidden 'treasures' my girl loves to collect.
The hood is a bit oversized and to be honest, Isabella doesn't love hoods. So most of the time I think it'll just hang to the back. I think it still looks cute, though. The navy fabric on the outside of the hood and in the front contrast pieces is denim.
Belle dress to pick up the big kids from school. Ha, ha, ha!
I'm definitely adding a bigger version of this coat to my to-sew list for myself. If you know of a good plaid fabric please share!