More Spring Coats

Since becoming a parent, I appear to have developed an obsession with dressing my dd’s in matching coats.  They make the best photos!

Allow me to join the chorus of sewing bloggers raving about FabricMart.  They listed this fabric as “silk twill”, which is a great lining fabric.  It was also listed as 80″ wide, which I was certain was a mistake.  When the fabric arrived, it was, indeed, 80″ wide.  And it is a necktie silk!  It’s far too thick to use as a lining, but it’s just a gorgeous fabric.  Both of my dd’s jumped on it and demanded that I make something for them with it.  The lining is a silk from FabricMart, as well.  I washed them in the machine together, and the blue bled onto the yellow, toning down the color a bit.

The pattern I used is from a recent Burdastyle.  The pattern includes a regular belt, like in an adult trench coat, but with my kids, that would be just asking for trouble.  I put elastic in the back of the coat, and attached the belt at the sides.  I slashed-and-spread the back pattern piece from hem to top in several places so the skirt would be a bit fuller.

Larger coat, front
Smaller coat, front.  They each picked their own buttons.
Larger coat, back
Smaller coat, back
Larger coat inside.  I underlined the blue silk with the yellow silk, and used french seams.  I’m on a french seam kick lately.
Smaller coat inside.

The following is a gallery of my greatest matching jacket hits through the years:



  1. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wonderful coats. You make the most interesting childrens clothing.

  2. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So chic! I hope your daughters have lots of opportunities to wear these!

  3. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow. Silk coats for kids. Phenomenal!Do you ever get bogged down by making two identical items? Or confused?Obviously there must be something about it that you really enjoy, otherwise you wouldn't keep making them…They are fabulous.

  4. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, Claudine, how adorable! I hope you realize what wonderful memories you are making for your girls. I always felt so special when my grandmother sewed for me. And, way to go, getting them used to fine fabrics early on!

  5. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    SO cute!! I can't wait til my little one is big enough for this pattern. It is so sweet.

  6. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I just found your blog – LOVE IT!!!! Keep the amazing sewing coming.

  7. Posted April 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Um, I want this in an adult size! They are absolutely fabulous!!

  8. Posted April 7, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Best dressed girls in the park, I bet. The girls look adorable in their coats. I had that blue twill on my Fabricmart wishlist. But haven't been back to the site in a while.

  9. Posted April 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Those are beautiful!

  10. Posted April 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous. Your girls must feel so special in their beautiful coats.

  11. Posted April 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Super cute duo! I've been loving your matching outfits for a long time, lovely to see a new set. That's a fabulous interpretation on that wide silk.

  12. Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Their little trenches are fabulous. They coats are all great but I like the trenches the best. The girls sure seem to like them too!

  13. Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:16 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love the trenchcoats, love FabricMart and love those pictures of happy girls!

  14. Posted April 8, 2010 at 1:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing coats.

  15. Posted April 8, 2010 at 2:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    Those are beautiful coats – I want one!

  16. Posted April 8, 2010 at 3:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the coats! They are awesome as usual!! And don't you just love the surprises you get from Fabric Mart?!

  17. Posted April 8, 2010 at 3:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Just so beautiful! Now that I have tried sewing coats last year and loved them, I don't think I will ever be able to go back.

  18. Posted April 8, 2010 at 3:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    What a beautiful picture of your girls. And great coats. They always seem so pleased with their new outfits.

  19. Posted April 8, 2010 at 11:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the bright lining- what a cute pop of color!! 🙂

  20. Posted April 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Too cute–coats AND kids!

  21. Posted April 8, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh how sweet. The girls look like fashion plates.I love the gathers in the back because it's such a sensible choice and because it gives the hem a nice flare which always looks great on little ones.Great job, Claudine!

  22. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Such adorable coats! I love the photos of them over time.

  23. Posted April 8, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Just the cutest, most stylish coats. Your photo of the girls in capes reminds me of the year my grandmother sewed Tyrolean-style wool capes for my two younger sisters and me. She was inspired by The Sound of Music, as I recall. Loved those capes and getting unsolicited compliments from strangers when we wore them.

  24. Posted April 9, 2010 at 7:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    They look adorable in their matching coats, Claudine, so sweet! And the coats are beautiful. I love the fabric.

  25. Posted April 10, 2010 at 8:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    I just found your blog through Neighbourhood gal. What amazing clothes you sew! I also have two young daughters. I never sew them anything so chic. The trenches are gorgeous.

  26. Posted April 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The Coat Sisters. They are darling. One of a kind. Lovely post.

  27. Posted April 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely adorable and the coats too 🙂

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