(warning: very picture heavy post ahead!)
While the testing for the Louisa coat was happening, there was a great idea being thrown around to make a more masculine version of the coat for boys. With that little seed, and what I’m sure was a ton of work from Marte, the Lewis Coat was born! Perfect, since Quinn’s winter coat is actually a girl coat and has bows on the pockets, lol! I figured he would probably notice them this year so it was time to replace it! Also, perfect timing since Millie somehow managed to actually puke on that other coat while I was making this one…
Anywho, there wasn’t much time to test this (about a week) and my sister and niece were going to be in town for Halloween, but I figured I’d try to get it done anyway. I was kind of afraid I wouldn’t actually ever make it if I didn’t have the time limit kick in the pants ;) Sewing this didn’t even start until Monday, and wouldn’t you know it, I finished it Thursday morning! I obsessively pumped through it and I freakin’ LOVE the results!!
When I made Millie’s Louisa, as much as she and I love the finished product, the fabrics were ALL WRONG and slippy and ridiculous and frankly, kind of difficult to sew. This time, I actually chose the proper type of fabric, lol! SUCH a huge improvement in the joys of sewing! There is also that thing about how patterns just go together better the second time you sew them..
It took a bit of time at the fabric shop to decide what on earth to use, but I decided on a simple blue twill (that was Quinn’s only request: blue) with orange pops for the lines.
I was trying to get him to wear a more neutral shirt for this little photo shoot, but spiderman was the only thing he was willing to wear. So that is what we did! It was spidey or naked lol, sometimes you just have to go with a 3-year old’s whims.
I was going back and forth between the Avengers fabric and robots.. I went with the Avengers, and it was CLEARLY the right choice!! Quinn has been pretty hard into superheroes lately (he has been wearing Superman and Batman costumes for a month now plus has Iron man hands and a Captain America shield that he uses all the time. Let’s not even talk about the damage he does with his Hulk smash) He didn’t see it until the coat was almost finished, he was SO EXCITED he danced around and KISSED the coat! He wanted to wear it that night but I had to let him down gently because it wasn’t done yet, I still had to sew the hood on!
I went for the zipper and hood options this time, where I used buttons and the collar on Millie’s Louisa. Quinny isn’t quite there with buttons yet, and he is pretty excited to be able to easily zip this thing up and down on his own. It would have been nice to have found an orange zipper, but white and black were the only options I had.. Actually, I like how it kind of goes with the comic book theme :)
Instead of traditional piping, I used the orange fabric to make flat piping. I thought it would look more manly ;) I really love how it turned out! And it was crazy easy to make and sew! I honestly wasn’t sure if you’re supposed to interface the flap piping or not.. I did just so it wouldn’t get weird and floppy with wear..
There is fleece inside of it to keep him nice and warm in the winter. Having to sew basically another coat was a bit more work, but it was worth it :) I was laughing to myself as I was easing in 6 sleeves with just one project. lol! I might just be an expert now!
Also I just need to mention the size of this kid.. He’s only 3 and I had to sew a size 5 with his measurements!!! I know I need him to wear 5 for pants because he is so tall, but the fact that his chest measurement put him there too shocked me! Jake and I make monster sized children!
If you’re interested,there is a discount code for the Lewis Coat that is good all the way until December 4th! It is LEWISCOAT10. It is a PDF and is only 7 Euros without the discount :) There will also be a fun contest (details here) for anyone who sews this or the Louisa Coat by December :D
Honestly, I never thought I would ever sew a coat. They just seemed way too intimidating.. And now I’ve sewn two in such a short amount of time!! I’m even contemplating making a coat for myself!! I’m super proud of this one, I’m pretty sure it is my favorite thing I’ve ever sewn. I am positive it is Quinn’s favorite thing I’ve sewn!
Now we just have to wait for the weather to cooperate so he can wear it!!