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lizzy house spring coat

You probably saw this one coming.  I’m sure you understand if you’ve got two kids of the same gender to sew for, once one sees something you’ve made, the other one without a doubt – wants one too. 
And even though it’s twice the work, it makes me happy to know that they have just as much fun with it as I do.

So after Natalie’s spring coat, I made Emily one! 

I cut into this super cute print from Lizzy House (part of her Red Letter Day collection), it’s too cute not to use for a little coat. 
The lining is Pure Elements by Patricia Bravo, just like Natalie’s was, but in this springy green color (Light Citron). 
I added the contrasting strips at the bottom and around the hood, similar to the patchwork strips on Natalie’s.  I had a few questions on the first coat so I’ll answer them here:  I used regular quilting weight cotton for the coat, no interfacing (as the pattern calls for).  The only reason I didn’t use it was because I didn’t have enough on hand and I think the coats turned out fine without it.  And I think it’s the perfect weight for a spring coat. As for the contrasting strips, I just folded up the bottom of the pattern to make the cuts of the main fabric and then cut strips for the contrasting bands.  Once I was done sewing them together I opened up the pattern piece and trimmed it all down to fit the pattern piece.  And yes, this would be an awesome pattern to use some laminated cotton with, it would make such a cute raincoat. 
And I just wanted to stop and say thank you to my friends and readers, I appreciate you all so much. I’ve been spending some time simplifying things for blogging and around my house and I feel really good about the changes – still room for improvement though!  Here’s to spring!

Now go swing and have a wonderful weekend!

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36 Responses to lizzy house spring coat

  1. Jacqui 05.06.2011 at 6:39 am #

    If I had a coat that cute I’d be wearing every chance I got and definitely swinging. Perhaps in yellow gumboots too. I don’t think I’d look undignified would I?

  2. Cindy 05.06.2011 at 6:49 am #

    Absolutely adorable Anna!! It looks like the perfect weight and she loves it so much!! Love the colors!! Have a great weekend! :)

  3. Ruth 05.06.2011 at 7:40 am #

    Love the colours and prints you’ve chosen!

  4. Jessica at Me Sew Crazy 05.06.2011 at 7:46 am #

    she is such a cutie!!! she looks like you in these pictures :). you have such great taste in fabrics, i always love your combinations!

  5. Cindy 05.06.2011 at 8:11 am #

    I love the coats and simplier is almost always beter. I love your blog too. Thanks

  6. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 05.06.2011 at 8:34 am #

    I was wondering when the second coat would come along. The fabrics are adorable. I have some of the contrast fabric… I immediately loved it when I saw it at the store a while back, but I haven’t used it yet.

  7. erica 05.06.2011 at 8:42 am #

    Too cute! love the colors you chose!

  8. Suzanne 05.06.2011 at 8:47 am #

    That coat is just too cute and your little girl is adorable! The fabric selections are perfect!
    Just wanted to let you know that I just finished a marathon sewing spree thanks to your 241 pattern. I made 7 totes for mother’s day — one for each (5) of my girls — one for my sister — and one for my mother! My pattern is getting worn out, but I absolutely adore that pattern! Thanks for sharing it and so many other fabulous projects with the rest of us. – Suzanne

  9. Gingercake 05.06.2011 at 8:54 am #

    love that fabric. beautiful spring coat & great pictures!

  10. I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar 05.06.2011 at 9:22 am #

    Those coats are absolutely adorable. If I were you I’d be hoping for spring weather all year just so they could wear them all the time. Fantastic work Anna!


  11. Jeannie 05.06.2011 at 9:23 am #

    That is just the best Spring jacket! Love the fabric choice and trim work. It’s always fun sewing for little girls :)

  12. Rachel 05.06.2011 at 9:33 am #

    Beautiful, Anna! I bet Emily just loves it. Your girls are SO cute.

  13. Jewel 05.06.2011 at 9:33 am #

    Totally adorable!

  14. Melissa S. 05.06.2011 at 9:53 am #

    Yup. That’s what happens around here. Two girls = two coats, dresses, skirts, etc.

  15. Mandi 05.06.2011 at 10:11 am #

    ah! so cute! i love it!

  16. seaschell 05.06.2011 at 10:19 am #

    The coat is great! I love how all the different prints come together in it.

  17. Chris 05.06.2011 at 11:02 am #

    I love it! You have such a great eye for color and fabric combinations. Enjoy your weekend, too!

  18. Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home 05.06.2011 at 11:06 am #

    Oh, I LOVE that last picture, Anna! Such a great jacket!

  19. Krista 05.06.2011 at 11:08 am #

    Totally adorable!

    I’ve always had to do the same thing with two daughters 19 months apart! Two of everything, similar but different enough to tell them apart! It’s only now that they’re older that they are happy to get different things.

  20. Grandma G 05.06.2011 at 11:31 am #

    That first photo is too adorable for words! :)

  21. Angela {fussycut} 05.06.2011 at 12:14 pm #

    this is gorgeous, i love your fabric choices. she is too cute with all of her posing. :)

  22. Vicky 05.06.2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I just love those cute little ducks.. or are they geese?
    I can sympathise with having to sew more than one of everything.

  23. Kourtney 05.06.2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Such a cute coat for such a cute little girl!

  24. dana 05.06.2011 at 1:39 pm #

    cute!!! I love her whole outfit!…and especially love that photo on the swing. Great depth of field.

  25. holly p 05.06.2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Love, love, LOVE it!! She is so cute! And now I want to have a child just so I can make her a spring coat! How irrational is that?

  26. tusen 05.06.2011 at 3:23 pm #

    It’s beautiful in this version, too. And so again we discover that both your girls are sweet models :)

  27. Jacey 05.06.2011 at 3:55 pm #

    She is so cute, and so is her new coat! I hope you have a wonderful mother’s day with your girlies.

  28. ayumills 05.06.2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Awww her smile is just making me smile! She is too cute in the coat! Every time I see your girls looking really happy in your handmade clothing for them, I feel like I want girls.

  29. amy smart 05.06.2011 at 6:06 pm #

    These are beautiful Anna! What a great use of that fabric. Wow. I wish I had one for myself. :)

  30. Lydia 05.06.2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Wow. Emily, what a sweetheart…such cute photos of her! And the coat is amazing, of course!
    Can’t wait to see you all soon!

  31. Poppyprint 05.06.2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Another adorable coat! It just goes perfectly with her stripey leggings (love the shot of her stickin’ her tongue out – cheeky!).

  32. Emily Elizabeth 05.06.2011 at 9:18 pm #

    Can you make me one next!?

  33. make it perfect 05.07.2011 at 4:56 am #

    beautiful beautiful beautiful anna! LOVE that fabric, lil has a pair of PJs in it that are sadly getting a bit small.

  34. jayayceeblog 05.08.2011 at 2:32 pm #

    That coat is adorable – love the fabric choices – and so is the little sweetie pie swinging in her coat. My daughters are 2 years, 4 months apart and I used to sew them matching dresses when they were little. You can never make something for one that the other doesn’t want!

  35. the.mrs 05.09.2011 at 10:34 pm #

    Cuuuute! Love the leggings too! Homemade?

  36. Sara from Sara vs. Sarah 05.11.2011 at 8:28 pm #

    wow! you’ve been busy :) The coat is precious and looks SO WELL MADE! I also have two girs, so I hear you on the requests for everything the same! You just cannot make only one … Sara

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