Children’s Clothing Series: Corduroy Coat

  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate
Kid's Coat

In order to build on the sewing skills I acquired last year, I’m determined to sew one item of children’s clothing every month during 2013. This month, I’m making a coat for my six year old daughter, using the School Days Coat pattern by Oliver + S.

This pattern is currently only available as a digital download, which means you have to print out the pattern at home, and piece together the pages using a paper trimmer and tape. I’ve used my fair share of print at home patterns, and they are often my preferred method for obtaining patterns. With children’s clothing, the patterns are even easier to put together because the pieces are usually quite small!

I used navy corduroy for the outer fabric. It’s a great fabric to sew and because it is hard-wearing yet soft, it’s an ideal fabric for children’s clothing. If you are sewing with corduroy, be sure to check that you have all your pattern pieces running in the same direction as each other. The coarse lines of the fabric (the wales) need to be in line, and also the nap needs to run in the same direction, otherwise the corduroy will appear to be different colors.

 

Cutout sleeve

 

Corduroy also unravels or frays easily, so I recommend using it mainly for patterns that require a lining, or plan on finishing the seams either with a serger or with bias tape for a Hong Kong finish. This coat is lined, so I used my pinking shears to trim the seam allowance and to reduce the bulk at the seams.

 

Pinking shears

 

As with many of the clothes I make, I like to use a solid fabric for the outside and a fun patterned print for the lining. My daughter loves little owls at the moment and she adores this owl print hidden on the inside.

 

Hood

 

I used tailor’s tacks to make my pattern markings, which is a useful alternative to tailor’s chalk and especially helpful when marking darker fabrics on the right side. Follow the pattern markings and use colorful thread to mark pattern placements - such as pocket placements or snaps/buttons, like in my coat. The tailor’s tacks are easily removed and leave no damage to the fabric.

 

Tailoring

 

This particular pattern is beautifully written and comes together very easily. For the experienced beginner seamstress ready to make the jump to a more difficult pattern, you will learn about sewing beautiful facings and pick up several tips on how to expertly finish your work.

 

inset sleeve

 

Finishing the coat require a little hand stitching at the sleeve hem and hem, which I think is always a nice way to wind down a project.

 

 

hem

 

You are given a choice of closures for this coat and I chose to finish it with bright yellow snaps. I think the color works particularly well against the navy corduroy and they are quick to do up! Be sure to check the pattern directions for the different closure options. The sewing up is different, depending on which method you choose.

 

snaps

 

I used my Scissors and Seam ripper in One to remove the basting stitches which releases the back pleat and completes the coat!

 

Back pleat

 

Finished Coat

 

Supply List

Oliver + S School Days Coat pattern
Fabric outer and lining (according to pattern requirements)
Pins
Sewing machine
Thread
Snaps or buttons (according to pattern requirements)