An's clothes are the kinds of clothes that I would want to wear if I were a little girl. Oh, who am I kidding? I would wear them now if she were ever to make adult patterns. But for now I am more than happy sewing for my girls.
This Moiano Coat is another beautiful pattern of hers. I was thrilled that An released a coat pattern, as making more jackets/coats was one of my resolutions for this year. There is something so satisfying about making a coat, and I need all the practice I can get! I was in love with this one as soon as I saw it (sorry, but I will be using the L word a lot in this post). Here is the view I made (image taken from her site):
I decided to make the hooded version because I thought it would work well in a casual fabric, like this cotton dobby butterfly print I found in Miss Matatabi's shop. My girls are all about bugs and butterflies at the moment, so I knew this fabric would not fail to delight. Unfortunately, the beautiful details of this coat have gotten lost in the butterfly fabric. I am also kicking myself for not using any piping. Lesson learned.
She loves it for the hood and the feminine gathered sleeves -- and the lack of pockets and piping didn't seem to bother her (but gosh those buttons are bothering me; gotta fix that). By the way, if you want regular sleeves for the coat, An has an add-on pattern that you can download here.
I really love the back as well. I think the collared version will look sweet in a tweed for the autumn before it gets too cold, but then again, it never gets that cold in Tokyo. Must try that next.
For the lining I chose a mustardy linen (though I realize it looks quite bright in these photos), as a nod to An's exquisite taste. The recommendation is to use a silky smooth fabric to make it easier for your child to get the coat on and off, but I knew she wouldn't be wearing it much with long-sleeved tops/dresses, plus the linen I chose was quite soft (surprisingly, for linen!) so I thought it would be okay. And I think it was, because I got no complaints from my normally sensitive-skinned child.
Don't mind her grumpy face. Here is what she really wanted to do:
She was very proud of the fact that she'd chosen a red bauble thing for the end of the drawstrings.
And with the leftover fabric, I made a simple gathered skirt using An's tutorial here (except I didn't line mine). Too bad linen wrinkles so much, doh!
Here she is trying to arrange some of the books on the shelf at our local used bookstore. She loves reading and organizing, so I once told her that she should work in a library or a bookshop. For some reason she rejected that idea in favor of becoming a pastry chef. Lol.