Fall Coats for my Girls


My daighters have been wearing these coats for a month or so now, but I can’t seem to photograph them together when they are both wearing them. I was waiting for that great photo before doing a blog post about the coats, but I have come to accept that it just is not going to happen. The above photo of their backs taken with my phone is the best I can do.

I bought the pink and black boiled wool fabric from Elliott Berman on the New York Shopping Day. I thought I had an appropriate fabric for the facings, but then when I got home I realized that the fabric I was thinking of is way too cool in tone, and looked terrible with the hot tones of the pink. Then I remembered a long silk skirt that I had in the pile of clothes to go to the thrift shop that was about the right shade of pink. It had a matching lining in a knit, so I used the whole thing. It worked well. I lined the collar, lapels, and sleeves. I had just enough pink fabric.

The pattern came from Winter 6/2009 Ottobre. I made it for my kids once before, and they are still wearing those coats, so I figured it’s an OK pattern.

The last time I made this pattern, I did not put a loop in. My daughter came home from school with the coat and told me that loopless coats are unacceptable.


Coat 1


Coat 2


detail of the needle felted fabric




  1. Posted November 7, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    They’re beautiful coats, Claudine. I just finished making up DD3’s winter dress coat out of TNT Vogue for Kids pattern that’s OOP now. I love the felted wool – the hot pink really pops!

  2. Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    They look amazing! Love them.

  3. Posted November 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What cute coats! I’m sure they love wearing them!

  4. Crystal
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful coats – I love the wool you chose. I was just thinking the other day, how I love to see the yearly coats you make for your girls. I have two little girls (and a boy) and would love to do that sometime, except it is beyond my skill level at this point. Maybe in another year or two.

  5. Shams
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous coats! It was serendipitous that the skirt had enough fabric for facings. They must love wearing them.

  6. Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:18 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful coats – almost a shame that they have to keep growing. I’d want them to wear them forever. Don’t your girls object to wear identical outfits? I hated it when my mother made matching things for myself and my little sister.

    • Posted November 8, 2011 at 8:37 am | Permalink | Reply

      They still like dressing alike! I’m wondering how long that will last.

  7. Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    The coats are beautiful and look really cute. Love the hot pink with the black!

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