I remember when I first started reading sewing blogs and I saw photos of people who had made kids' coats and I thought "How did they do that?". So I am a little astonished that I made something that actually turned out to be an actual coat. Really, it wasn't much different than any other sewing project - except that the fabric was thicker. Although I will admit that when I was sewing the lining on and it was all inside out, I had to hold my breath when I was turning it back frontwards, certain that it would look crazy. But it is an actual coat!!
I hadn't planned on making any winter wear, but I found this gorgeous red wool at the sewing store - only two metres remaining. This is the kind of thing they never have - it's usually all polyester blends. And it was on sale for half price!
First I tried making a hat. I started with this little gnome-like hat:
I used the Pixie Hooded Vest pattern (without the vest) by BigLittle that I found on Etsy. I lined it with a blue winter-themed cotton with little red birds on it.
Then my son wanted one too. So, trying to make it more masculine, I used a grey wool blend and lined it with a foresty-deer print (leftover from this dress I made).
So these hats were very cute, but I figured they won't cut the wind. I had been considering buying the Winter Wonderland pattern collection by Pattern Anthology (which was sold in a bundle of 8 patterns for a couple of weeks, but now are available separately), and after starting to get all winter-sewey I decided I couldn't resist. The collection included a pattern for the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew. Here's the one I made my son:
I used blue wool and bought some fake fur, which was soft but surprisingly on the expensive side. So for the non-visible insides I used some fleece. Very proud of my frugal-ness because I found fleece blankets at a discount store for $10 and now I have way more than I need. And even though the fake fur was a bit pricey, the pattern barely uses any and I have tons left.
For my daughter's coat, I used this pattern I already had bought as part of a package deal: the Bubblegum Coat by SeeKate Sew. I lined it with a silky white lining from the fabric store - it has some slight fuziness to the non-visible inside to give it a bit of warmth - the fabric store salesperson told me it was called 'Kasha' I think? Kesha? (Not the singer.)
The pattern was easy to sew, and the thick material wasn't that bad to work with either - except for a few broken needles.
My daughter has worn this coat and hat out a few times and we have received so many compliments, which was very nice!
Getting into the winter spirit I also made a scarf out of the white fake fur by cutting two long rectangles, sewing them right sides together, leaving an opening of a few inches, then turning it right side out and stitching up the opening. Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture of it, but you can kind of see it around her neck in this photo where the kids are pretending to pet the deer on our new front hall wallpaper. (Which I luurve! My husband, not so much. Post about the wallpaper to come later once I eventually manage to paint the un-papered walls and hang pictures again.)