I turned to google in search of an image of what I remember his jacket looking like and found this one. Now, it has been many years since I have seen his jacket, but this is what I remember it looking like (or fairly close...you get the idea).
So, now that I had my inspiration, it was time to get to work! I was pretty impressed with the way that it turned out, I must say. It really was almost right on with the inspiration. I was so obsessed with getting the lining just right, that I forgot pockets...ooops!
Ok, so let's talk about the pattern and what is included. First of all, there are quite a few different options in this pattern!!!!
- Non-pieced Coat
- Pieced Coat
- Mandarin Collar
- Button Closure
- Zippered Closure
The FIA comes in a wide range of sizes, including 12 months all the way to 14 years! Your kiddos will be sure to grow with this pattern and have many years of fun and pay with it.
The construction of it was really very easy for the non-pieced version that I sewed up, but depending on the options, can take it to the intermediate skill level. What a great way to test yourself and work your way up to where you feel comfortable. I am really excited to use this to make my boys some "play" outfits...that would make a great Christmas present!!!! It is such a great base for a blank canvas for dreaming up just about anything you want.
The pattern comes with 4 full coloring pages of the pattern for you to sketch out your ideas. Wouldn't it be fun to let your child have creative range on it?!? Oh the possibilities! Amy also gives a tutorial for color blocking so that you can execute this idea flawlessly.
I have just fallen in LOVE with what Katy from Wild and Wanderful put together for her son's Halloween costume, so make sure you head over there to check it out.
I do want to note that I lined our jacket, however the pattern does not include instructions to do so. I took some pictures along the way in hopes of doing a tutorial, but it is going to take me a bit of time. Especially considering I kind of just guessed along the way and used a bit of knowledge I had from other patterns that I have made. That is the beauty of sewing though...you can use so many techniques and mash up patterns to create virtually anything that you want!
I really enjoyed this pattern and I can see it getting so much use over the next few years and my boys grow. You can find it on sale now through Oct. 28th for 20% off (no coupon needed). Leave me a comment below letting me know what YOU would make with this pattern! Have you started making your kids Halloween costumes yet?!?