First, I got it finished and it looks beautiful, inside and out. Second, it fits. A little too well perhaps, for there is very little room for Daughter to grow. On the other hand, that means I get to make another one next year. Third, I finished it in time to enter it into the Pattern Review Sewing for Children contest. After missing the deadline for the LBD contest, this is a big deal to me. And fourth and most important, Daughter loves it. I say again. I am pleased.
The instructions, like all Burda instructions, were vaguely incomprehensible. After reading through them once, I decided logic would have to serve me well on this project. Having never made a coat quite like this before, it's a good thing I learned logic while learning how to write in Java and C++. Because I had to logic my way through the Whole. Darn. Thing.
Getting the piping (it's not actually real piping because it has no cord but I'm gong to call it piping anyway) to curve around the edges of the pocket flaps was a real challenge, but add some steam and heat to wool fabric and it's putty in your hands, so to speak.
Binding the waist seam did give me a bit of trouble with all that bulk when I tried to put the bottom buttonhole in. I ended up having to scrunch it out of the way while still keeping the facing in place to sew the buttonhole. That was tense, but I got it in the end.
I also bound the facing edges. I always like to see bound facings whenever it's practical.
And the back has this nice pleat which increases the bottom width for active girls who like to run around on the playground.
So I used this pattern to create a hood in the plaid fabric that sits under the collar.
The hood buttons on and off. The only problem is the buttons catch on her braid. I'm thinking I can make another hood in the gray fabric I used for the piping. Maybe I could make a placket that covers the buttons. And then Daughter could change her hood to suit her mood. I wonder if she'd like that idea?
So there it is. This is a great pattern. Everything goes together beautifully and even the sleeve cap wasn't hard to ease into the armscye. It was alot of work. And worth every minute. I look forward to doing it again next year.