Fidget's Wanderings Coat (which is not like anything in the mini boden catalog, but I am still counting for the challenge) is complete!
After rediscovering this sweet pattern in my studio, I decided to go in the Princess Coat direction. I also knew, immediately, that I wanted it in peacock blue wool. And orchid pink inside...
perfect for princessing about the grounds.
I found some yummy faux fur online, hand sewed it into a loop and attached it by hand to the hood so I can machine wash the rest of it when needed. The pattern showed fur at the cuffs as well, but I thought it was too much for this version. I like the pink peeking out of the sleeves, anyway.
As for buttons... There were so many options! Toggle or regular? Colored, wooden or metal? I felt like there were a hundred tiny decisions to make and, really, any of them would have looked fine. In the end, I went with an antiqued pewter. (I did start to fear it was looking a little civil-war-esque, and maybe it does, but whatever!)
The buckle is vintage and shipped from England. So very appropriate for this coat, don't you think? It showed up black and antique gold, but I added some craft paint so it would match the buttons. I had no idea how difficult it was to find belt buckles. Joann's did not carry them and so many of my online sources carried boring stock! Thank goodness for etsy.
I love how the back of this coat is gathered. It is even pretty from behind.
Once I was mentally prepared to tackle buttonholes, I discovered that my machine did not, in fact, want to make them either. Too many layers or something... So I hand finished each buttonhole with a super tight blanket stitch around and around and around. I had basted the layers together at first and then liked the look so much that I went ahead and made them permanent.
This ended up being a nice little exercise, really. Much less stressful than setting the machine loose on my precious garment and watching in terror, as it happened, through parted fingers. (Although it did add about 4 hours on the project. Ahem.)
The inside was delicious fun. The pattern calls for secret pockets and embellishments, so I gave her plenty. This little circle will get her name embroidered this week:
There are two little pockets -- one with a button, and one open -- on her left panel. The pockets are lined too.
The right side has a zippered pocket for extra safe keeping. She has her Found Jewels in there already.
By golly, she likes it! She really really likes it!
As any princess should.