I was on a mission. A mission to find the perfect coat to make for Maya. I wanted something a little dressy, single breasted, longer than her hips. Not a trench coat, not a duffle coat, not a blazer (already made one of those).
I knew in my head what I wanted, but I couldn’t find the right pattern. The idea to make a spring coat came after I remembered this coat Gail had made over at probablyactually. It was the perfect coat! But the pattern she used was a paper pattern and she said she had a bit of trouble making it. If she had trouble, I knew I would have even more trouble since I am used to the tutorials that come with PDF patterns.
When I was searching online for the “perfect” pattern, I happened upon “Sew Straight and Gather” patterns. Terri was having an upcoming release of her new Cousu pattern collection which included the Cousu coat. This was exactly what I was looking for! I had to wait a few weeks for the release, but I’m glad I did. I LOVE this coat! I love the whole collection, but today I am focusing on the coat.
I purchased this fabric from Ikea a few months ago. I didn’t really have an idea of what I was going to make when I bought it. I tend to do that. But I really liked it. As you may or may not know, Ikea carries a TON of fabric. But it’s all home decor weight fabric. But I saw a coat. So that’s what I made.
This pattern came together flawlessly. It’s definitely not a pure beginner pattern. There are darts and facings and linings involved. But it wasn’t super difficult either. I made a size 5 even though Maya measures a 4. I want this to be something she can wear for at least 2 seasons.
Like usual, the button holes intimidated me, and like usual they came out just fine. Thank goodness.
I love the finishes on the inside. It was a pretty clever way of finishing the lining if you ask me (though I’m definitely not a jacket-making pro). I didn’t do any of the topstitching that was in the tutorial, I didn’t want it to deter from the pattern of the fabric and I think it looks great without it. This coat looks just as amazing on the inside as it does on the outside.
I really like the darts on the front and back of this coat. It gives it a bit of shape and makes the bottom flare a bit. It looks like a coat I would wear. I just love making clothes for Maya that look like a miniature version of something I have or would wear.
Maya was so excited when she tried it on. She didn’t want to take it off. That’s a good sign to me. Hopefully when the weather starts to warm up she feels the same. I think they’re calling for snow again tomorrow…it’s the end of April!