Anyway, as soon as I saw the Oliver + S School Days Jacket and Coat I wanted to make one every year for the kids. The pattern is apparently out of print (not sure why they seem to take popular patterns out of circulation so quickly...) but is now back as a digital pattern. Happily for me, I have the non-digital version (most digital patterns are bloody awful) and decided to make one for Issy for this winter.
|Yes, on a tennis court...|
I used a wool suiting in a lovely soft orangey red colour from Spotlight. It was on special (or maybe I had a voucher) and ended up being around $10 - 11 dollars a metre. I lined it with silk polyester lining (also Spotlight) which was in a kind of beigey gold colour.
I cut a size 7 (except where I mucked up and accidentally cut two pieces in a size 8 and had to adjust and trim in a few places...) and it just fits well enough to wear now without swamping her. She wears a 7 or more usually from shops, so I was loath to cut less than the seven and she seems comfortable in it. So comfortable, she wore it for most of her tennis lesson, hood and all:
|Little tennis jedi...|
|A rather terrible button close up - they have awesome birds on...|
|She likes the buttons :)|
I should really make more notes about the pattern as I sew them, as I don't have much to report on this one either. I found it mostly easy to follow, though I recall the pocket construction descriptions were ridiculously more complicated than they had to be, for what was a simple and quite nice method. Some of these more boutique kids patterns tend to assume no need for nicer finishing and more complicated techniques, but I thought this one rose above that to a new level (perhaps the higher "scissors" rating of difficulty indicated that?). The handling of the lining in particular, to make sure it wasn't constrictive inside the coat was good and something I have never sewn before.
I didn't make the inside jacket (a kind of fleecy vesty lining option which you can make with or without sleeves for extra warmth) as this coat is well warm enough. I think next year I might make one for both of the kids out of raincoat fabric with a fleecy liner - Hobart is warm enough that big coats aren't needed all that much but wet enough that this would be a good option to cover Autumn through to Spring I think. That was my plan this year but of course the dearth of good dress fabric shops down here meant there was no raincoat stuff around when I wanted to buy it (Spotlight later got some in, though it was all a bit icky design-wise anyway). Then I found this wool and it was such a good colour for madam that all was well.
And most importantly, she loves it :)