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.