I do not make coats often so I thought that this would be a good challenge for me. I was right. The instructions given were precise and clean. I loved the fact that there were basic and advanced options. I learned many true tailoring techniques that made this coat absolutely wonderful!
I did want to make the coat look a little less sweet and a bit more grown-up for my overly fashion conscientious pre-teen (I have created a monster!). To do this I made the following changes;
(1) I omitted the Skirt Hem Ruffle
(2) I chose not to make the Belt Loops or Belt and added one of my favorite belts from the closet
(3) I used pearlized snaps rather than buttons
That is what is so awesome about patterns! You can make them your own and fit them to your mold. Because the pattern was so well developed I was able to make these changes without compromising the overall design and outcome of the coat! My daughter is thrilled with it! Actually both daughters are thrilled with it. That is the other thing I loved about the coat; it is versatile! While I was capturing pictures of the dress only on my oldest, my assistant stole the coat and put it on. I was so in love with how it looked with a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt! This is a must have pattern! I know I say that a lot, but apparently I have a pattern addiction (you can see some of my issues here).
I almost forgot one of my favorite parts of the coat…the POCKETS! At first I was thinking that they were placed to far back, being high and on the side seam, but once my little lady put her hands in the pocket it gave the front skirt of the coat such awesome volume! I adore how it gives the coat some poof and piazza! I really need to size this up and make one for me.
Under the coat is a sleeveless jersey dress that was such a fast simple project. I chose not to add the optional neck ruffle and used double-sided elastic to encase the raw edges. I added some really fun trim around the gathered waist and kept the colors simple but bold. I got this awesome triangle jersey knit from Girl Charlee. It is so soft and yummy! The gathered skirt hits right above the knee and so it is approved by me, my little lady, and dad. I like that the dress is simple enough to be worn to school but also can be worn to Church and other more dressy events, like a recital or play.
So now it is your turn to stitch up the Penny Vintage Coat and Dress. This is what is great about Pattern Revolution and the bundles that they create and make available for sale! You can purchase only a few patterns or all the patterns and the best part is that the more patterns you choose to purchase the less you pay per pattern. I purchased the entire set (yes I know we already discussed my issues) – but there are 2 great coats included in the set, multiple dresses, shirts, wide-leg pants, a cardigan. Basically it is your little lady’s entire spring wardrobe wrapped into one sweet little Bundle!
So head over to Pattern Revolution and create a bundle that is perfect for YOU! I have more outfits to show you from this bundle so you must keep checking back AND Pattern Revolution is hosting a GIVEAWAY that you want want to miss! Thanks for stopping by today, don’t forget to check out all the stops on this blog tour – you are not going to want to miss any of them!