patchwork spring coat

4.22.2011


The snow has already melted (again) here and I was able to put together a patchwork spring coat for Natalie.  I admit that I'm so in love with this coat. 


Especially because I added a lot of my favorite scraps of fabric to the patchwork strips. 


I used Make it Perfect's Uptown Girl pattern in a size 5 (here's a bunch of links to where you can buy Toni's patterns).  I think it fits really great and I'm so happy with the length.  I just can't stand it when coats are too short.  Plus the sleeves are perfect because you can cuff them over if you need to. 


The other thing I'm really proud I remembered to add was a little coat hangy tag (yes, that's a technical term).  I love it when coats have them!  This coat would completely reversible, but since I figured we wouldn't be reversing it to the aqua blue side ever, it was worth adding the hanging tag (just a simple piece of ribbon sewn into the neck seam.


Oh, and I almost forgot, it was my first time making side seam pockets.  I knew Natalie would appreciate a couple pockets, so I forged ahead and added pockets to the side seams even though the pattern doesn't call for it.  Man it was fun, and I think I'll add them to just about everything else I'll ever make - well, almost everything. 

Hope you all have a very happy Easter. 

71 comments :

  1. Love the Spring Coat!! The little model is adorable too.

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

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  2. That coat is fantastic! Love it.

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  3. The coat is just darling. When my granddaughters get a little older, I plan on making this coat! (Two of them are still pre-walkers!) Thanks for the link to the pattern. Great job-it's so Springy and sweet.

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  4. so so so so so cute!!! I love it!!! The fabrics you chose make it so wonderful! You are going to get TONS of use out of that cute coat! And your daughter looks like she loves it too, which is even more important :)

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  5. This is such a gorgeous style. Love the Model, CuTe!!

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  6. super cute Anna!!! Love the fabrics you chose! :)

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  7. Wow Anna - great coat! You have such great taste. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter.
    nannergirl

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  8. what a perfect lil coat!! and i love that smile in the last photo! thanks for sharing!
    ~ruthie

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  9. oh my goodness! this is so cute Anna!! does it come in my size? :)

    have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  10. That coat is so cute ... love the pattern and I love your fabric choices.

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  11. Very cute! I would have loved a jacket like this when I was young. In fact, I think I could enjoy wearing one now -- even though I'm not young! :)

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  12. Love it! I want this jacket for myself! Lucky little girl.
    Vanessa

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  13. Seriously Beautiful! I have seen so many variations of this pattern! I really should get it!

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  14. the coat is wonderful. I am so glad to see your snow is gone too! She is a darling girl- so easy to take pictures of! Hope she loves her coat.

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  15. Oh, Anna, the coat is fabulous. I love the color, the fun personalized details and especially the hang tag!

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  16. Super cute! I love it - and it looks like she loves it, too!

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  17. SO adorable! She is so lucky! Love the fabric you chose!

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  18. Oh this is cute!! I think my favourite part is the button. Natalie is adorable - a great model.

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  19. Very sweet jacket. I love it.

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  20. I love it!! Fabulous fabric choices. I've got to try making a jacket sometime soon.

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  21. That's a great coat. Good job! I would actually really like to make a coat like this for myself ...

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  22. Gorgeous coat and pictures! I love the fabrics you picked and the little coat hanger. The side pockets are awesome! I wish everything had pockets! (well, almost everything). Happy Easter!

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  23. Super cute coat (and the model is pretty sweet too). I think I see one of these projects in my future!

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  24. Great job, Anna!!- love the coat!!! Also love that last pic of Natalie- she's just too precious!:)
    Happy Easter to you and your family!!

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  25. very nice, she looks pretty happy too!

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  26. Anna, I love it!!! You are so talented, not just with the sewing, but with the camera too. :)

    I am going to suggest your blog -- I have some friends online who sew, so I know they would love all these creations! :)

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  27. Two things...you're little girl is so sweet! What great pictures :) And that coat is so adorable! What little girl wouldn't love it?! great job!

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  28. Oh my gosh that is the CUTEST coat I think I have ever seen!!!!! I wish I could do that for my ittle girl! Unfortunately... My skills are a tad bit lacking. You did an amazing job! And your little girl is adorbale!!

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  29. Great jacket! Love all of the details. She is so beautiful.

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  30. This turned out so cute, I love the red dot print

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  31. Absolutely the most beautiful coat (pretty amazingly beautiful child too)
    Janelle

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  32. That coat is adorable! I love the fabrics you chose. I also love the little poses your daughter does for you. It gives me hope that maybe someday my girls will come around to cooperating with the camera. Well, a little hope.

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  33. Love it! Do you mind me asking how you liked the pattern and if it seems warm to you? I bought it a while back ago but it's been sitting in California. Hoping my husband doesn't destroy it when he brings it to me here in Massachusetts.

    I also wanted to thank you for the boy's wallet pattern. I just finished making my 3rd one. Every kid that sees one wants one!

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  34. What a cute coat! Now I have to go get the pattern and make one for each of my grand daughters! You continue to inspire me! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  35. This spring jacket is SO cute!!!

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  36. Damn, that's cute.

    {can I say "damn"...??}

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  37. That jacket is totally adorable and perfect for a child. She is as cute as the jacket :)

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  38. That is such a cool coat! The little fabric choice for the top button is a great touch. You are a power house!

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  39. Beautiful spring coat, the fabrics look great together and the button is a brilliant touch.
    And Natalie is a lovely model.

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  40. That is absolutely adorable! This jacket makes me wish I had a girl to sew for:) I understand why you are so in love with it. The pattern and the fabric choices are perfect! Great job.

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  41. Wow, that is unbelievable - I am always impressed with people how can make jackets! And your model is adorable.

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  42. what an adorable jacket and great pics too!

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  43. ah, yes, coats must have the hangy thingy! What a great spring coat! The button is my favorite part ;)

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  44. I love this pattern! I think I need to make another, last year's seems a bit short. :)
    Love the patchwork details!

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  45. I loved this so much that I couldn't wait to check out the pattern. Then I was even more impressed with your fabric choices and patchwork additions. Lovely work.

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  46. Your touch of patchwork on the bottom is so clever!!! I never would have thought of that and it is such a cute addition.

    Give Natalie a cookie. She did a great job showing off her new coat. ; )

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  47. That last photo of Natalie is so stinking cute! The coat is perfect. I have fabric and pattern for a coat to make for Audrey - just have to get moving on it. Happy Easter to you Anna and your sweet family.

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  48. This looks so cute-well done! :-)

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  49. I don't know what is more adorable - the coat or the girl!

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  50. Anna - i LOVE it!!! Especially your unique touches...the coat hangy thing is AWESOME and the patchwork detail just gorgeous.
    Thanks for the great review - hope you get lots of use out of your pattern :)
    xxx

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  51. So adorable! I love Toni's patterns!!!! Great fabric choices too hun!

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  52. Anna, that is so stinking cute. I want one for me. Love it.

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  53. super cute! love the hood and the hook detail!

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  54. this is SO cute and i am in love with the photo of your daughter facing the sky with her hands in the pockets. really great shot!

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  55. hey, that technical term you are looking for is -locker loop!

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  56. It's really a great coat ! All her friends will want the same !!!
    I'm not form the US, and my english is... what it is ! would you mind telling me the name of fabric that have to be used for this kind of garment ? something water-resistant I guess. Thanks for your help.

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  57. gorgeous pattern and model!! did you add the patchwork onto the original length or shorten the main fabric pieces first? too cute!! I have this pattern cut and am ready to sew it up this week :)

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  58. Absolutely adorable. You are so lucky to have little ones to sew for! My little ones are 4-legged and I just made them new coats, too.
    http://jayayceeblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/old-robe-with-new-purpose.html

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  59. I have had this pattern traced for about 4 months now. I sure hope I can get around to making one soon. Yours is adorable!

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  60. LOVE this coat, so fun to see it in person and that last picture of Natalie is absolutely adorable. She is so photogenic!

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  61. This coat is so adorable. I love the colors. Great thinking on the hang tag. Hope you had a nice Easter, Anna.

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  62. Oh this is so cute! I love it!

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  63. I'm absolutely in love with this jacket. Looks fabulous!

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  64. I have made this jacket too and I LOVE it! Did you use the lining it suggests? I doesn't look quite as thick as mine but it is absolutely gorgeous :)

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  65. thanks sherry, I used a full lining, but no interfacing, they've definitely gotten a lot of use! :)

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