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patchwork spring coat

The snow has already melted (again) here and I was able to put together a patchwork spring coat for Natalie.  I admit that I’m so in love with this coat. 
Especially because I added a lot of my favorite scraps of fabric to the patchwork strips. 

I used Make it Perfect’s Uptown Girl pattern in a size 5 (here’s a bunch of links to where you can buy Toni’s patterns).  I think it fits really great and I’m so happy with the length.  I just can’t stand it when coats are too short.  Plus the sleeves are perfect because you can cuff them over if you need to. 
The other thing I’m really proud I remembered to add was a little coat hangy tag (yes, that’s a technical term).  I love it when coats have them!  This coat would completely reversible, but since I figured we wouldn’t be reversing it to the aqua blue side ever, it was worth adding the hanging tag (just a simple piece of ribbon sewn into the neck seam.
Oh, and I almost forgot, it was my first time making side seam pockets.  I knew Natalie would appreciate a couple pockets, so I forged ahead and added pockets to the side seams even though the pattern doesn’t call for it.  Man it was fun, and I think I’ll add them to just about everything else I’ll ever make – well, almost everything. 
Hope you all have a very happy Easter. 

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71 Responses to patchwork spring coat

  1. grammy and papi 04.22.2011 at 7:08 am #

    Love the Spring Coat!! The little model is adorable too.

    Have a God Filled Day

  2. Em 04.22.2011 at 7:15 am #

    That coat is fantastic! Love it.

  3. Pamela Nees 04.22.2011 at 7:19 am #

    The coat is just darling. When my granddaughters get a little older, I plan on making this coat! (Two of them are still pre-walkers!) Thanks for the link to the pattern. Great job-it’s so Springy and sweet.

  4. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 04.22.2011 at 7:20 am #

    so so so so so cute!!! I love it!!! The fabrics you chose make it so wonderful! You are going to get TONS of use out of that cute coat! And your daughter looks like she loves it too, which is even more important :)

  5. Clare /aka/ Mummushka 04.22.2011 at 7:36 am #

    This is such a gorgeous style. Love the Model, CuTe!!

  6. SK 04.22.2011 at 7:41 am #

    That is lovely!

  7. amy 04.22.2011 at 7:43 am #

    super cute Anna!!! Love the fabrics you chose! :)

  8. Anonymous 04.22.2011 at 7:55 am #

    Wow Anna – great coat! You have such great taste. Thanks for sharing and Happy Easter.

  9. Tammy 04.22.2011 at 7:57 am #

    That is so cute! I love it!

  10. Ruthie 04.22.2011 at 8:10 am #

    what a perfect lil coat!! and i love that smile in the last photo! thanks for sharing!

  11. Jeni 04.22.2011 at 8:14 am #

    oh my goodness! this is so cute Anna!! does it come in my size? :)

    have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  12. Randi~Dukes and Duchesses 04.22.2011 at 8:16 am #

    That coat is so cute … love the pattern and I love your fabric choices.

  13. Cary 04.22.2011 at 8:16 am #

    Very cute! I would have loved a jacket like this when I was young. In fact, I think I could enjoy wearing one now — even though I’m not young! :)

  14. Rescued Goods 04.22.2011 at 8:25 am #

    Love it! I want this jacket for myself! Lucky little girl.

  15. joliesjunebugboutique 04.22.2011 at 8:32 am #

    Seriously Beautiful! I have seen so many variations of this pattern! I really should get it!

  16. Gingercake 04.22.2011 at 8:50 am #

    the coat is wonderful. I am so glad to see your snow is gone too! She is a darling girl- so easy to take pictures of! Hope she loves her coat.

  17. Chris 04.22.2011 at 8:50 am #

    Oh, Anna, the coat is fabulous. I love the color, the fun personalized details and especially the hang tag!

  18. Anna 04.22.2011 at 9:26 am #

    Super cute! I love it – and it looks like she loves it, too!

  19. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 04.22.2011 at 9:31 am #

    SO adorable! She is so lucky! Love the fabric you chose!

  20. Rachel 04.22.2011 at 9:50 am #

    Oh this is cute!! I think my favourite part is the button. Natalie is adorable – a great model.

  21. Kelly O. 04.22.2011 at 10:23 am #


  22. Katie 04.22.2011 at 10:32 am #

    Very sweet jacket. I love it.

  23. Lynne 04.22.2011 at 10:57 am #

    I love it!! Fabulous fabric choices. I’ve got to try making a jacket sometime soon.

  24. *kate 04.22.2011 at 11:03 am #

    That’s a great coat. Good job! I would actually really like to make a coat like this for myself …

  25. Emily 04.22.2011 at 11:05 am #

    Gorgeous coat and pictures! I love the fabrics you picked and the little coat hanger. The side pockets are awesome! I wish everything had pockets! (well, almost everything). Happy Easter!

  26. Megs 04.22.2011 at 11:06 am #

    Super cute coat (and the model is pretty sweet too). I think I see one of these projects in my future!

  27. Cindy 04.22.2011 at 11:17 am #

    Great job, Anna!!- love the coat!!! Also love that last pic of Natalie- she’s just too precious!:)
    Happy Easter to you and your family!!

  28. Clodagh a.k.a. Isra 04.22.2011 at 11:28 am #

    very nice, she looks pretty happy too!

  29. Sarah R 04.22.2011 at 11:57 am #

    Anna, I love it!!! You are so talented, not just with the sewing, but with the camera too. :)

    I am going to suggest your blog — I have some friends online who sew, so I know they would love all these creations! :)

  30. Katie 04.22.2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Two things…you’re little girl is so sweet! What great pictures :) And that coat is so adorable! What little girl wouldn’t love it?! great job!

  31. Evan Jamie and Maddy 04.22.2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Oh my gosh that is the CUTEST coat I think I have ever seen!!!!! I wish I could do that for my ittle girl! Unfortunately… My skills are a tad bit lacking. You did an amazing job! And your little girl is adorbale!!

  32. Kourtney 04.22.2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Great jacket! Love all of the details. She is so beautiful.

  33. Jessica 04.22.2011 at 1:13 pm #

    This turned out so cute, I love the red dot print

  34. teacherspet04 04.22.2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Absolutely the most beautiful coat (pretty amazingly beautiful child too)

  35. Jocelyn 04.22.2011 at 1:32 pm #

    That coat is adorable! I love the fabrics you chose. I also love the little poses your daughter does for you. It gives me hope that maybe someday my girls will come around to cooperating with the camera. Well, a little hope.

  36. Regina 04.22.2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Love it! Do you mind me asking how you liked the pattern and if it seems warm to you? I bought it a while back ago but it’s been sitting in California. Hoping my husband doesn’t destroy it when he brings it to me here in Massachusetts.

    I also wanted to thank you for the boy’s wallet pattern. I just finished making my 3rd one. Every kid that sees one wants one!

  37. Mary Ann 04.22.2011 at 2:26 pm #

    What a cute coat! Now I have to go get the pattern and make one for each of my grand daughters! You continue to inspire me! Have a wonderful Easter!

  38. Susanne 04.22.2011 at 2:35 pm #

    This spring jacket is SO cute!!!

  39. Kristie 04.22.2011 at 3:38 pm #

    Damn, that’s cute.

    {can I say “damn”…??}

  40. Jeannie 04.22.2011 at 3:54 pm #

    That jacket is totally adorable and perfect for a child. She is as cute as the jacket :)

  41. de Oontand 04.22.2011 at 4:00 pm #

    wow, that’s cute. love it!

  42. Kerry 04.22.2011 at 4:05 pm #

    That is such a cool coat! The little fabric choice for the top button is a great touch. You are a power house!

  43. tusen 04.22.2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Beautiful spring coat, the fabrics look great together and the button is a brilliant touch.
    And Natalie is a lovely model.

  44. Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis 04.22.2011 at 5:28 pm #

    That is absolutely adorable! This jacket makes me wish I had a girl to sew for:) I understand why you are so in love with it. The pattern and the fabric choices are perfect! Great job.

  45. Faith 04.22.2011 at 5:57 pm #

    Wow, that is unbelievable – I am always impressed with people how can make jackets! And your model is adorable.

  46. Ruth 04.22.2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Beautiful coat!

  47. Jess 04.22.2011 at 6:34 pm #

    what an adorable jacket and great pics too!

  48. Rachel Hauser 04.22.2011 at 8:13 pm #

    ah, yes, coats must have the hangy thingy! What a great spring coat! The button is my favorite part 😉

  49. QuiltyGirl 04.23.2011 at 3:08 am #

    I love this pattern! I think I need to make another, last year’s seems a bit short. :)
    Love the patchwork details!

  50. Angie 04.23.2011 at 11:35 am #

    I loved this so much that I couldn’t wait to check out the pattern. Then I was even more impressed with your fabric choices and patchwork additions. Lovely work.

  51. Little Bluebell (Adrianne) 04.23.2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Your touch of patchwork on the bottom is so clever!!! I never would have thought of that and it is such a cute addition.

    Give Natalie a cookie. She did a great job showing off her new coat. ; )

  52. Mary on Lake Pulaski 04.23.2011 at 4:46 pm #

    That last photo of Natalie is so stinking cute! The coat is perfect. I have fabric and pattern for a coat to make for Audrey – just have to get moving on it. Happy Easter to you Anna and your sweet family.

  53. lulu 04.23.2011 at 7:37 pm #

    This looks so cute-well done! :-)

  54. Emily Elizabeth 04.23.2011 at 10:28 pm #

    I don’t know what is more adorable – the coat or the girl!

  55. make it perfect 04.23.2011 at 11:13 pm #

    Anna – i LOVE it!!! Especially your unique touches…the coat hangy thing is AWESOME and the patchwork detail just gorgeous.
    Thanks for the great review – hope you get lots of use out of your pattern :)

  56. luvinthemommyhood 04.24.2011 at 8:10 pm #

    So adorable! I love Toni’s patterns!!!! Great fabric choices too hun!

  57. patternpatti 04.24.2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Anna, that is so stinking cute. I want one for me. Love it.

  58. Heather 04.25.2011 at 12:52 am #

    super cute! love the hood and the hook detail!

  59. skirtastop 04.25.2011 at 1:57 am #

    this is SO cute and i am in love with the photo of your daughter facing the sky with her hands in the pockets. really great shot!

  60. DKB 04.25.2011 at 7:54 am #

    hey, that technical term you are looking for is -locker loop!

  61. Gawell 04.25.2011 at 12:16 pm #

    It’s really a great coat ! All her friends will want the same !!!
    I’m not form the US, and my english is… what it is ! would you mind telling me the name of fabric that have to be used for this kind of garment ? something water-resistant I guess. Thanks for your help.

  62. Anonymous 04.25.2011 at 8:11 pm #

    gorgeous pattern and model!! did you add the patchwork onto the original length or shorten the main fabric pieces first? too cute!! I have this pattern cut and am ready to sew it up this week :)

  63. jayayceeblog 04.26.2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Absolutely adorable. You are so lucky to have little ones to sew for! My little ones are 4-legged and I just made them new coats, too.

  64. Sascha 04.26.2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I have had this pattern traced for about 4 months now. I sure hope I can get around to making one soon. Yours is adorable!

  65. Lydia 04.27.2011 at 5:54 pm #

    LOVE this coat, so fun to see it in person and that last picture of Natalie is absolutely adorable. She is so photogenic!

  66. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 04.28.2011 at 11:01 pm #

    This coat is so adorable. I love the colors. Great thinking on the hang tag. Hope you had a nice Easter, Anna.

  67. dana 05.03.2011 at 1:03 am #

    Oh this is so cute! I love it!

  68. sew katie did 05.03.2011 at 10:32 pm #

    L-o-v-e it!

  69. Erin 05.08.2011 at 9:16 pm #

    I’m absolutely in love with this jacket. Looks fabulous!

  70. Sherry 08.18.2011 at 9:13 am #

    I have made this jacket too and I LOVE it! Did you use the lining it suggests? I doesn’t look quite as thick as mine but it is absolutely gorgeous :)

  71. Anna 08.18.2011 at 11:48 am #

    thanks sherry, I used a full lining, but no interfacing, they’ve definitely gotten a lot of use! :)

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