I bought some white faux fur last year for the Tinkerbelle costume I made for Little Miss for Disneyland, and although I used some up making her a fur vest, I had plenty left over. I was thinking about what to do with it when I realised that for our trip to Japan, I had bought her a faux fur jacket from Old Navy, which I loved, but which she obviously wouldn’t be squeezing into next winter. It was a real lightbulb moment. So I was envisioning a super simple coat that fastened with just a couple of buttons. I don’t know the name of the silhouette, and frankly, Google wasn’t much help on this one, but I think I was looking for a swing coat without yokes (A-line, perhaps?) The design I was envisioning was so simple that I knew I could draft it myself from some existing patterns… but I thought I would just check out The Internet before I started to see if someone had already done the work.
And they had! And it was free! A chance to make a gorgeous coat for my girl without having to spend a single cent? It was a good day in my house (even if it did mean I had to deal with fluff everywhere, including in my mouth, again). So, Stef over at girl.inspired. made this gorgeous free coat with pattern for sized 2,4,6 and 8. Little Miss will be 3 next winter so I decided to make her a size 4 so she can get a decent wear out of it. (Spoiler, it currently fits Master 6 so I suspect I will be making it again in size 2 so she is covered for many years to come). As always, Stef’s instructions are excellent.
I quickly discovered that I didn’t quite have enough faux fur to line the jacket front and back in fur, to give it that truly luxe feel, but I had enough for the exterior and I had some pretty…I don’t know what, but silky feeling stuff, to line the whole jacket. Fabrics here are rather inadequately labelled in terms of content or fabric type, so a lot of the time you just have to go ahead and guess. So, I went ahead and cut out all of my pieces. Stef uses her overlocker to sew her whole garment, but my fur was, after all, on the cheap side, and it curled up at the edges, so I found it easier to machine sew. However, it was also very thin, and as I wanted this to serve as a winter jacket for little miss, I first used my overlocker to back each piece of fur with a medium weigh batting for warmth. Then, I constructed as per her instructions, except that I split the front lining into two so there was a fur facing at the front of each side. My favourite part was sewing the sleeve to the sleeve lining! I always find this step rather challenging to wrap my mind around, but Stef’s instructions made me see it in a whole new way, and I got it right first time!
I finished the jacket off with 2 gold buttons. I bought some 4-hole ones back from my last trip to Australia, but once they were on they got lost in the fur, so I went and bought some el cheapo shank ones from my local haby store. And she’s done! Little Miss loves the jacket and will wear it for hours in Malaysian heat.
Oh- a small disaster struck when, after the first wash, a small tear appeared in the collar seam, but fortunately I was able to hand stitch it back. I think for future uses, I will simply hand wash it to avoid rips. The fabric for this was so cheap, and the jacket is so comically large, that I’m thinking of buying a little more fabric (maybe black this time? Can’t decide) to make her a size 2 so she can actually wear it next year. All in all, this took me maybe 2.5 hours to whip up, and only cost me AU20c for buttons, so really, a win. Plus, 2 more fabrics gone from my stash!