School Days Coat

January 4th, 2012

School Days Coat

School Days Coat

School Days Coat

I have a few things to say about this Oliver + S coat. Ulysses has managed to wear his current coat through two winters now and it’s finally getting a bit snug, so I got it in my head to make him a coat. I’m not one for patterns, as I generally find that they tend not to cut corners and I’m not very good at following directions or reading thoroughly or these sorts of things. But alas, I decided a coat may not be the best thing to try to wing and it would be nice for it to appear slightly homemade, not horribly homemade, so I did some searching and it seemed all the clever crafty bloggers out there go for this pattern. It’s a great pattern. Although it’s a freaking TON of work, it’s really well written and easy enough to follow. This was one of those projects that I got a little obsessed over and really wanted. it. done. now sort of thing. So I kind of used up a few of our vacation days in a frenzied crafting haze with fabric on the table, little piles around the house and clippings and threads and scraps everywhere!

It comes out really polished looking and professional BUT a few things: the pattern called for FAR more fabric than I actually needed–almost twice as much!–and I splurged and bought nice fabric and not only could the project have cost almost half of what it did but now I have all this extra wool that is not enough to make another coat out of. I decided to insulate this one, which complicated things further and I wish I would have put some interfacing in the front panels. My other comment is that the shoulders are really too wide. I kept thinking that once I had the lining and hood installed they would be normal, but nope. I think it’s fine and he looks totally cute in it. Success!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chara Michele  |  January 4th, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Oh that is always frustrating when a pattern calls for way too much fabric! Especially when using nice fabrics!

    It looks so darling though!

  • 2. Aja  |  January 5th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    So cute! So amazing! As a non-sewer, this looks like an epic feat!

  • 3. savvy stitch  |  January 13th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    you made an amazing coat! i get very frustrated when i put a lot of time and money into a project and the directions aren’t correct. i discovered that discussion forums are great places to get feedback from people that are making the same garment. http://www.flickr.com/groups/oliverands/discuss/ and https://oliverands.com/forums/forum.php?id=21

  • 4. zoe krylova  |  January 17th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    wow, it’s stunning! i love the fabric choices and am a big fan of that pea coat style. not that you would want to do all that work again, but is their a baby you could make a smaller version for and then possibly use up the fabric? can you make hats from the fabric or perhaps some wool soft toys? maybe some trousers? anyway, congratulations, it’s really lovely.

  • 5. Her Craftiness  |  January 20th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    That’s a great idea, Em. Thanks!

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