Actually, it’s Froo’s birthday week. But over at Project Run & Play, there is a sewing challenge to create a look based on a fashion icon. My fashion icon: Kate Middleton. Who didn’t sigh at the sight of her in her wedding gown? The hubs and I stayed up past 1-something in the morning to watch the ceremony live and I just couldn’t stop talking about her dress. Ah-mazing.
So the cogs in my mind started turning and I really wanted to participate in this one. I googled Kate Middleton and the first thing that struck me was the McQueen military coat she wore last year. It’s fitted, yet modest, modern, yet traditional.
I wanted to create a very similar silhouette, so I decided on using a stretch French Terry for this coat. I bought a remnant at Fabricana because I knew I could make something for either Froo or Boo. The exterior is smooth and soft with a generous amount of stretch. After learning to use a double-needle for sewing knits from this tutorial, I have come to love sewing with knits. Navy blue is one of my favourite colours to wear; it’s also one of my favourite colours to dress both Froo & Boo in.
Yesterday, I started off by tracing Froo’s knit blazer, but ran out of tracing paper, so I improvised a bit. This is the first thing I’ve ever drafted myself, so I was a little nervous. After cutting out my paper pieces, I put them together to see if they would fit, then made some modifications. I used the Lily Bird Studio Mona Coat as a reference for construction and the Wiksten Tova as a reference for putting in a stand-up collar.
I may have said that this was the cutest coat ever, but this one could take its place. I tried to take pictures of Froo inside, but her eyes kept getting drawn to the tv, so I ended up taking pictures of her outside.
This was Froo’s first pose. The sleeves are a little long–I drafted my pattern based on a GapKids size small (6-7). Froo said her hands were cold.
After scrunching up her sleeves, she insisted that she was still cold. I was contemplating making the coat in a 3/4 length sleeve, as in Kate Middleton’s, but Froo needs the extra 1/4 for warmth.
I cut a clover out of heavy cardstock paper, painted it with gold metallic paint and stuck it on a bar pin to make a brooch. It is very flimsy–I don’t think it will last the elements. I will have to rethink this one.
A full-length photo of Froo in the coat. You can see the placket showing through. It is the same fabric that I used to line her Burberry-Inspired School Coat. I made the placket too narrow, so it didn’t end up reinforcing the backs of the buttons. It does give the coat stability and structure.
Some additional photos sans Froo:
A detailed look.
If playing princess dress-up meant wearing clothes like this, I would play with Froo all the time.