Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Penny Coat

 Clearly having a December baby comes with certain needs. A jacket for one. So back when I was on a jacket making roll (like the Michelle and the Desmond) I went ahead and made a quick and simple jacket for Penny, and then I just hoped it would fit :)
And lucky for me this sweet little jacket fit this sweet little baby pretty well. With a little growing room, so hopefully it will last her through the rest of the cold weather. The jacket is really simple and basic even if it is fully lined and has a collar. So I will walk you through the process on how to make one, and you can make one in any size. (and we can all laugh at how the newborn leggings are not even close to fitting that little girl) 
To start you will use a basic bodice and sleeve. To draft this I used a newborn top as my guide and created the pattern. (if you need help with that check out this post) You will also need a collar but I explain how to cut that out later. The only changes you will make to your bodice is that when you are cutting out the front you will cut 2 pieces (4 total 2 for outer 2 for lining) But you want to extend the front out about 2 inches so it will overlap in the front when buttoned. Ok with all your pieces cut out we are ready to sew. 

Start with your bodice pieces (shown is the lining) Sew them together at the shoulders. You will do all of these steps for the lining and outer pieces.
Measure the neckline and subtract 1.5 inches then cut a rectangle strip that length round the top edge. of both sides. You will cut two collars one for the outside and one for the lining, however I cut both of mine from the outer fabric.
Pin the collar to the neckline right sides together. The collar should be just short of the neckline on both sides. Sew in place. Again you will do this for the lining and outer jacket.
Then sew the sleeves into the arm curve. (for both lining and outer.
Then with right sides together sew from sleeve edge to armpit and then down the side.
Next with the lining and outer pieces which at this point should all be sewn up the same way, you are going to sew them together. To do this match right sides together and sew all along the outside edge leaving an opening so you can turn it right side out.
Then turn it right side out and top stitch along the same edge closing the opening in the process. You will notice the front overlaps nicely.
Lastly add buttons. I used fabric covered buttons to match the lining. The left ones are just sewn on and the right ones are functional so they also got button holes. Lastly turn the sleeves in to hem and you are done with a simple and cute little jacket. 

 Jacket done and ready to go.
 To keep a little baby warm and cozy on these cold winter days. Or any other child, or you could make one for yourself. Simple and cute.
The lining may just be my favorite part, besides the babe inside of course :)

38 comments:

  1. This is quite possibly the most adorable thing I've ever seen.

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  2. I have to agree-- both baby and jacket are super, super cute!

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  3. When I saw this I literally squealed like a little girl, it's so incredibly cute!! You're baby girl is beautiful!

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  4. Simply adorable! Really too cute for words. She looks lovely in her new outfit. (I know it's all new to her at the moment.) You make the jacket look so doable as well. Hmm. Need to make it bigger. Now I know what those over sized buttons are for. Beautiful!

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  5. Absolutely adorable; baby and jacket:):):) thanks for the tutorial!!

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  6. I want another baby!!!! LOL! The buttons make it look so cute - just like a little dolly!

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  7. I cannot believe how cute this is....I absolutely love it and thank you so much for sharing..:)

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  8. AWWWWW - I love it so much, such a cute coat to fit such a cute baby. I am still amazed at how fast these little ones get big on us!

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  9. Congratulations on the new little one. She is so precious! Love the jacket too. <3

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  10. Oh my goodness I LOVE this and her. Penny is so adorable. Really such a great jacket and not too frilly for a newborn (like many store bought ones can be).

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  11. oh my goodness!! so so cute ^^

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  12. Oh my goodness Shauna - that has got to be the sweetest thing I have ever seen!!! She is just beautiful!!!

    The coat is ok too :)

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  13. This jacket is so cute!!! All the details, including the buttons. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  14. Adorable, Shauna!! She is the sweetest little peanut and that lining fabric is gorgeous! So cheery for the cold winter!

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  15. You are so awesome. You make beautiful babies and clothes! Sweetest little jacket and baby.
    Love.

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  16. I love it! You make it look so easy I might make one....well if I had a girl and wasn't afraid of sewing for me ;0)

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  17. Dear Shauna, you are incredible. I adore your work and creativity! And your little little cuty ;-)

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  18. Oh my gosh, that is precious!

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  19. Shauna! Wow so gorgeous! The jacket's cute too. ;) I want one in my size. :D

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  20. Babies and cute little things always make my heart just melt. Double whammy with this!

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  21. so lovely. I love your lining fabric and the big fabric covered buttons!

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  22. OH MY GOSH! OH my gosh! I'm aweing in adorable-ness right now!!!! LOVE her and this sweet jacket!

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  23. cuteness. I loooove that floral fabric. She is just precious.

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  24. So so cute ! She looks like a little doll, and the jacket is awesome, I want to make size 2 T

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  25. So impossibly tiny. I love it! And the model I pretty cute too :)

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  26. Too cute! Makes me wish I had a baby to make one for ;-)

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  27. I love the buttons. They were just the added touch of color. Has given me all kinds of ideas to try out. Thanks!

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  28. This could not be ANY cuter!!! And neither could your little Penny! :)

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  29. Gah! That is sooo cute! I thought it was doll sized looking at the first picture...not too far off! Love the lining too

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  30. I DIE. SO TINY. I just love it! And the too-small-for-pants thing gets me every time.

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  31. Can you say what fabric you used? I am dying over the color combo! Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is adorable!

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  32. Can you say what fabric you used? I am dying over the color combo! Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is adorable!

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  33. I featured this jacket on my Favorite Things thursday post today! http://missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-favorite-things-thursday.html Come check it out if you like!

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  34. This tutorial is wonderful! I used it to make my big girl (she's 3) a winter coat. I couldn't believe it was so easy! Thanks for all the great pics and descriptions that helped guide me through. :) If you want to take a look, I blogged about my daughter's coat here:
    http://allthisforthem.blogspot.com/2013/01/little-girls-fur-coat.html

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  35. Hy Shauna! My name is Cristina and I love to sew ,just like you. Today I started my first link party wich is about sewing tips and projects and about home living and crafty world. I hope my party will become a place where we can gather and share our passions so I would be very glad if you would like to join my party. You can find my party at http://shabbycriss.blogspot.ro/2013/11/sewing-tips-home-living-friday-party-01.html .Hugs, Cristina

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