As you can see, the shell now has a lot more body (look at those sleeves sticking out - looks RTW already). I interfaced and under-lined each piece. The under-lining is a Christmas flannel that a very good friend sent to me when she was clearing out some of her fabric stash. This may not have been what she intended for it's use, but I really believe in using what I have on hand.
My next obstacle came in the form of my toggles. These are some fabulous vintage toggles that I bought from AddVintage's shop on Etsy. May I just tell y'all how much I love Etsy? I lurves it!! As you can see the holes are tiny. Standard buttonhole size - big enough for a needle with thread but not big enough for the leather cording I bought to use as closures. I went outside to the shed, pulled down the drill and a drill bit and went to town. Going at a slow pace, I drilled a bigger hole in each toggle.
|This one ended up chipping just a bit - I did a better job with the other two.|
The rest of the construction was done as the pattern instructs.
|A really busy print,|
|a really loud lining,|
Finished with insulated vest buttoned in:
|and bold insulated vest,|
Debra in her new coat:
|make for one happy little girl.|
|Ready for winter - boots and all!|
BTW, if you're wondering what that pink thing is and why Debra looks like she's been scalped? Rachael played hair-dresser this morning, she pulled all of Debra's hair back and then stuck a pink feather in her hair. I'm going to have to scan some photos of my brother Matt and I at this age - Debra's smile looks just like ours.
Wow! I glad this project is finally done. I absolutely love it and Debra loves the pockets.
If I were to make this again, I would probably add a third velcro patch at the top somewhere and maybe a drawstring to the hood. Maybe.
School Days Jacket & Coat Pattern by Oliver & S - size 2T
1 3/4 yards of brown with flowers corduroy by Patty Young
1 3/4 yards on interfacing
1 3/4 yards of flannel (under-lining)
1 1/2 yards of pink quilting cotton for the lining
1 1/2 yards of loud green batik quilting fabric for insulated vest (without sleeves) and bias binding
3 toggle buttons
30" brown leather lacing (for toggles)
2 velcro patches
7 - 1/4" white/clear buttons (for buttoning in insulated vest)