Over the next few months I hope to try out a vast selection of girls winter wear. Finding trendy winter clothing for girls is a challenge! Kicking off this winter peregrinate, is this gorgeous "Secret Garden Coat" - pattern by Foo Foo Threads.
Before I delve into this pattern, I want to share my new toy - I mean - TOOL, with you! It's a custom made seam ripper! Made right here in Australia, completely handcrafted. I love love LOVE it! The weight and quality is just superb! If your interested in having your very own seam ripper made, please visit Alan's Pen Making You won't be disappointed! (Even the best seamstresses need a good seam ripper!!)
The Secret Garden Coat is a PDF pattern by Foo Foo Threads and comes with sizes 6 months to girls size 8 included.
This pattern is suitable for intermediate sewers, there is no one particularly difficult step, it's just a very involved sew. The coat is fully lined & has optional ruffles which I chose to have on my version. Above is to show you my very "interesting" pattern match! Franken-cat is alive & well!
Approximately half a million pieces are required to be cut out..... no not really, but there are a lot of pieces! I kept different fabric pieces in separate piles, as I had three different types of fabric. I chose this groovy cat drill for the main, a simple quilting cotton for the ruffles & lower skirt layer, then finally pale green minky dot for the lining. Minky makes a wonderfully soft lining.
My button hungry inner sewing beast couldn't help but choose some bling, antique-look buttons to finish this coat off! You have two choices for button closure, tabs - as I've chosen to do, or button holes.
You may also chose to leave the shoulder or hood feature ruffles off. The sash tie is also optional, but I really enjoy the finished look it gives the coat. It can be neatly tied at the front or back.
The hood can be replaced by a ruffled collar, which also looks very sweet, but my 2yr old fashion diva must have a hood!
The skirt has two layers which creates a beautiful gathered skirt, a real feminine touch.
The pattern instructions themselves are detailed for the most part, although could come across as overwhelming for some. I found some of the write up could have been simplified and some of the illustrations presented in a more finished manner. None the less, anyone with prior sewing experience could complete a beautiful garment.
The fit itself is fairly generous, I chose a 2T length with a 18 month width and there is still plenty of room to grow with the coat.
My coat came together very well and I was pleased with the result - as was Miss Two!
A side note on the backdrop! We visited a beautiful apple orchard and were able to go in & pick our own delicious apples! The kids had such a fun time & the autumn colours really shone.
I would recommend this pattern to anyone who is ready for a great sew! Not a quick sew. Take your time & you'll be rewarded with a delightful little coat.
To find out more about the Secret Garden Coat and Foo Foo Threads, please click HERE