It’s 60 degrees here in sunny Cleveland. The ice rink in the back yard is melting. (We had a great, three-month run!) and I’m writing about
Sewing a Wool Coat for my Boy!
I told you, I’m not trendy…Actually, I was hoping my project would be selected for “Celebrate the Boy” month. If it had been, I would have had to take careful photos of the process. So I was waiting to hear and pushed the project into a pile on my (not so clean) counter. It’s probably a good thing because my pictures aren’t that great.
The idea started with big brother. We bought him a coat last year so he could look a little dressier for attending concerts, jobs, church, etc.
I enjoy making wool coats. I made several for my daughters when they were younger and even pea coats for my son. My little guy would dress up for church and then thrown on a zip-up hoody, or his “puffy” winter coat or a baseball jacket. I realized my son needed something dressy.
Dressy, but not too formal. I started with Kwik Sew’s Sewing for Children.
This is a great book. I have used this book over and over again. You can mix and match various details and it is all explained in a straightforward manner. (I also own Sewing for Toddlers.) I started with a basic jacket design. Rather than have a knit collar, I made a stand up collar.
I added welt pockets – really not that hard! Sewing is nothing more than following directions. I think my second one looks better than the first, however.
I lined the coat with polar fleece that I had stashed. My boys seem to wear short-sleeve shirts all winter long. I figured the fleece lining would be much warmer than standard lining.
He’s pleased with the result! It’s cozy, sporty, but a tad dressier than a North Face jacket (which he does not own.)
By the way, my son wore his vest to one of his last performances at school and said he got a ton of compliments on it!
Let’s hear it for the boys!