An Ikea Cousu Coat

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A stick!

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.

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Like usual, the button holes intimidated me, and like usual they came out just fine.  Thank goodness.

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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.

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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!

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(Another) Mulberry Tunic

Here it is!!  A shirt for Jacob!

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You might remember this Mulberry tunic I made for Jacob for our trip to Disney World last year.  It’s one of my favourite shirts that Jacob has.  I just love the loose style on my little man.

When I saw this post by Rae over at Made by Rae I knew I had to get some of that fabric (snail trail in multi, part of Rae’s own Lotus pond fabric line from Cloud 9).  At first I was going to make Jacob the Sketchbook shirt by Oliver and S, but I figured that would pretty much be copying exactly what Rae had done, and I didn’t necessarily want to do that, even though I LOVE what she did.

When I showed Jacob his new shirt, he was so quick to try to take the shirt he was wearing off so he could put the new one on.  I know there will come a day when my kids don’t want to wear what I make for them anymore.  So I’m enjoying the excitement they show now.

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I don’t have much to add about the construction of this shirt seeing as I’ve made it before.  This one is also a 2T.  The original one I made back in November is still a bit big on Mr. Jacob, so I decided to make the same size.  I’m glad I did.   Not only did it save me time because I already had the paper pattern pieces cut, but also because had I made a 3T, he would be swimming in it.

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I still find that “boy” patterned shirts tend to look like jammies but he is 2.  I think he can pull off that look.  And I think this will look adorable in the summer with his blue and green shorts.  It’s finally starting to warm up here.  We may get summer after all…eventually.

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Jacob is such an easy going, happy little guy.  I just love him to bits.

You can find the pattern for the Mulberry tunic here.

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MCM Studio Designs Blog Tour and a Giveaway

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When I saw the call put out by Linda of MCM Studio Designs looking for bloggers to sew one of her patterns and then write about it, I jumped at the chance.  This is the first time I’ve sewn one of her patterns and I am happy that I did.  It’s also my first blog tour, so please bear with me.

I chose to make the Gingersnap dress and tunic.  I live in Canada and winter seems to be never ending this year so it was the 3/4 length sleeves that called to me.  There are so many woven dress patterns out there that are either sleeveless or have short sleeves, so when I find one that has longer sleeves, I get excited.

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This pattern is labelled as a “beginner” pattern.  It was a one evening sew.  Since I work full time, the only chance I get to sew is after my kiddos are asleep for the night.  Anything I can get finished in an evening or two gets two thumbs up in my books.  Not only did I get this finished in a few hours (from printing, taping, tracing, cutting and sewing), but I really like the way it is finished on the inside.  It isn’t lined, but it does have a really neat facing along the upper bodice.

Another thing I really liked about the pattern was the way the sleeves and bodice are in one pattern piece.  No easing sleeves into an armscye!  I really don’t mind adding sleeves, but it was really nice to not have to this time.  That’s just one more thing that makes this dress unique in my books.  I really like the “kimono”-like look that this creates.  The closure at the back is a simple button and loop.

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As much as my daughter loves twirling and ruffles, I prefer a simpler look sometimes (well, most times) and I really like the simple a-line style of this dress.  It allows the fabric selection to be front and centre.  I’ve had this fabric from Joann’s for over a year and this was the perfect dress to use it.

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The front skirt features a single pleat that is very subtle but adds a bit of depth to the dress and it draws your attention down from the curved bodice. I just love a curved bodice.  Yes, it’s a bit trickier to sew to the skirt since you are sewing opposite curves together, but the finished look is beautiful.

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Onto the giveaway.  Linda, of MCM Studio Designs, will be giving away a total of 5 patterns at the end of the blog tour, which runs from April 13-17.  All you have to do to enter, is to comment on this post on my blog, as well as on the MCM blog.  Easy peasy.  And while you’re at it, take a peek at what everyone else has made.

Happy Sewing!

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