Long coat for a cutie

My 14-year-old daughter asked for a long, tan coat. She had a vision of how she wanted it to look when she walked. I had trouble finding exactly what I wanted ready-made, so I decided to make it myself. I wanted it to be a Christmas gift, so naturally I waited until a few days before Christmas to start it.

While one of my goals is to work on drafting my own patterns, I didn’t have time to do it for this project. So it was Simplicity 8797 to the rescue:

The outer fabric came from Hobby Lobby (the only “fabric store” in town), while the lining came from my hoard, I mean stash. I was a bit nervous (about finishing in time and whether she would be disappointed that it was mom-made), but she declared it true love at first sight. It seems she and her friends especially love the lining (a pinkish-red brocade with a bamboo shoot pattern) deeming it “swanky.”

I did adapt some elements, rather than following all the directions. But like to think of most pattern directions as being like the pirate code - more like guidelines.

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Oh wow! This is lovely. And the lining IS swanky!

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The coat you made is beautiful! And I had to snicker a bit at the part where you mention you waited until a few days before Christmas to make it…because that is so me.

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It turned out fab! The lining adds a nice unexpected pop of color. Your dd looks great in it :slight_smile:

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Agreed, that looks very warm and fashionable. It’s clear your daughter loves it!

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so cute and she looks super cute in it. i love a girl who knows exactly what she wants and a maker mom who can provide!

her shirt kinds says it all.

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It is very cool. She is stylin’ in her OOAK mom-made coat! Nice!

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uh oh, mom…now all of her friends know you sew…guess which house is going to be the most popular one?! :slight_smile:

Your DD has good taste…plus, even if she tires of it as younger people tend to do, keep it for her…it is a classic style that will around even as she goes out into the world later (much later, right?)…

She is so cool…and so is mom.

snicker pirate code…yep… ha

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That is one amazing last minute gift, mom! Yay, you! And yes, swanky is an excellent descriptor.

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Awesome job mom! And yeah, that is some super swanky lining. Well done.

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Whoa! You made a coat! That is incredible!

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Stunning! and I laughed at the “I waited til 2 days before to start it” as well!

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I am impressed by the updated look from what [appears to be] a dated pattern I grew up with!

Really posh, and the color is great!

\m/

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:rofl: Some of us never learn. My husband adamantly told me, “No projects!” this Christmas because last year got a little tense. haha

Anyways, the coat turned out great! I like that choice of lining. A little secret something fun.

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Wow, fantastic job. Sewing coats is a real challenge and you did a fantastic job

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Wow that is beautiful!! Great job!

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So good that she loved it, I will be so sad if my son suddenly hates mom made stuff, but I’m certain that will pass once the kids grow up.
The lining is amazing, none of her friends will ever have anything as special as that, so glad that she loves the coat.

Good luck making your own patterns!

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