At the beginning of fall I made a list of the things I wanted to make for my family, but I didn't want to post it because I was afraid I wouldn't get any of it done, then I would feel guilty and get crabby and nothing would get done. But shockingly, I am slowly crossing things off. The purple pants and skirt, a little red riding hood cape (for her birthday), and now this coat. I was very nervous when I wrote "a coat for each" on my list, but this came together relatively simply. I bought the pattern ages ago at a thrift store for ten cents and it was super easy. Raglan sleeves, baby. They make everything easier. The only thing that tripped me up was the collar, which I had to rip out three times before I got it right and I'm glad I did. Normally I would just say screw it and push on, but I was feeling extra patient for some reason. Plus it has to stand up to be handed down now that he has a little brother.
The very best part of the coat, though, is the lining. It's made from a felted cashmere sweater and holy crap does it feel nice. I was lucky enough to find an XL cashmere sweater (for 5 bucks!) right when I was looking for a lining and it was just, just enough. Lining a coat is super simple: right sides facing, sew all around, turn inside out and sew up the opening. The sleeves are a little different, but that shouldn't deter you. You too can make a coat for your kid! I feel like clothes are getting more and more expensive as they get more and more cheaply made.
Okay one more thing about the coat and then I'll be done. The buttons. They are beautiful. I was going to use up whatever matched from my button jar, but a friend told me to go to Gayfeather, which if you are local know is a beautiful fabric store, but I bet you never noticed their button cabinet. It's awesome. I love the burnished look of them and that everyone is different.
After all the swearing and unpicking of seams, it's just feels ridiculously good to see him always choose this coat to wear. Now I have to figure out how to make the one his sister has been asking for.