Emmie’s New Coat

So I wish I was kidding, but I literally started this project January of 2014. (as my instagram account can attest) Thankfully I made it too big for Emmie, because it still fits her well, especially considering how much she has grown this year. I got it 80% done, but then ran out of steam on the 3rd feather embroidery and the buckles down the front, since those needed to be hand sewn on. Emmie’s decapitated in all of these pictures because I promised her I wouldn’t put her head in them, in true *me* fashion I took these at night in our apartment building hallway, because I didn’t trust myself to actually take pictures of the coat later after she had worn it, and she wasn’t “ready” to be photographed tonight.

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This coat was actually inspired in part by this pin on pinterest…..

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I loved the pleated skirt, and the trench overcoat styling, but I wanted to give my version a more English tweedish/equestrian flair. I began by looking through my stash for a wool fabric I could use, and hit upon this lovely hounds-tooth plaid. You can see I copied some of the back seaming details from the inspiration jacket. I intentionally rotated the plaid on the side panels rather than matching them up, so that the detail was more visible.

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I had about 3 yards of the fabric, which was perfect for a skirted coat for Emmie.

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I think the only things I bought for this project were the buckles and the wool floss I used for the embroidery, the rest of it was all stash.

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The skirt is made out of 2 widths of the fabric, and I used the natural pattern to gauge the pleats.

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The center pleat is a box pleat, with the sides being knife pleats facing out.

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The shoulders have a strap detail, and so do the cuffs, alluding to the trench details I liked. The sleeve’s puffed a little, in no small part because Emmie is in an Anne of Green Gables phase, so puffed sleeves are a must. (Well, that and I figured it would accommodate bulky sweater sleeves better with a little fullness.)

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I love the buttons I used, they were from my stash, and are a sort of an antiqued brass color. The front is  hand embroidered with 3 wool feathers, I found wool embroidery floss in the 5 colors that make up the fabric, and used them to subtly decorate down the front.

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The front of the coat closes with a separating zip, and then the buckles close the placket that hides the zip, they were ready made at Dongdaemun, I liked their sort of equestrian look.

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Here’s a detail of the sleeve cuff, with the extra trench-ish strap buttoned onto the sleeve.

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The front pockets are welted, and give an additional tailored detail.

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I was really happy with how the collar turned out, and the shoulder tabs!

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The zipper needed to be done in such a way that it wasn’t sandwiched in a seam (because of how I did the folded in facing as part of the coat front) so I decided to decorate the exposed zip tape by embroidering over it too.

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The feather embroidery was inspired by the fabric I used for the lining, it’s a quilter’s cotton fabric that is a vibrant orange, (which has nothing to do with the outer fabric colors,) but Emmie picked it out, and I thought it was fun! The skirt of the lining is gathered in to the waist rather than pleated, and the hem is tacked in place with a fold, so that the skirt isn’t pulled on by the lining or visa versa.

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I sort of built this pattern on the go, so it’s unfortunately unrepeatable, but I am completely in love with it (and wish it was in my size.) I finally got around to finishing it because Emmie ripped the sleeve on her 2 year old coat, and I didn’t want to buy her a new one this Spring, when it’s hopefully going to start warming up in the next couple of months 🙂 Emmie says that it makes her think of a coat Anthropologie would sell, which is high praise indeed! I have high hopes that it will still fit her this Fall, because it’s going to be cold…….speaking of which,

I have exciting news!!! We have our orders for our next duty station! Paul was selected for a special leadership program, and we will be going to Dayton Ohio for the next 2 years, starting this July!!!! I am so excited to be back in the US again, and only a 2 hour flight from my nephew Charley (almost nephews since my Sweet Sister Sarah, is due with another little boy in a couple of months!) and my other extended family members. We are looking forward to getting settled in before both kids are in HIGH SCHOOL this fall. If you live in the Dayton Ohio area (within driving distance of Wright Patterson AFB) we are open to advice and suggestions for places to live!

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