Well my blogcation was a little longer than I thought, but at any rate, I’m back – this time to tell you about my daughter’s maternity coat. She lives in Minnesota and with a winter pregnancy, she needed a coat to cover our future granddaughter.
When I shopped for the fabric for this coat, Megan said she thought grey would be a good color. While at SR Harris in Minneapolish, I texted photos of the various fabrics to Megan. When I found hot pink the decision-making was all over.
Initially I thought I’d modify a regular coat pattern but on a whim, I did an Indy pattern search for maternity coats. This coat on Deuxieme Arrondissement (“Second District” is the English translation) was the perfect match for the pink wool. So I sent to France for the pattern. Actually twice, as I mistakenly ordered a dress pattern the first time. (It was as cute as the coat pattern, but that’s another story).
Did I tell you that the directions are in French? On first blush it was a daunting thought, but not knowing how to speak or read French was less of a deterrent than I thought. I used Google Translator, typing the text from the directions until I was pretty sure I got a general idea on how to proceed with the coat construction. It worked amazingly well.
A rhinestone zipper seemed like exactly the right embellishment for this coat. With black piping and a black/pin tweed under collar and under cuffs, a black zipper with rhinestone teeth was not only practical but also adorable. Megan was thrilled when she saw it.
What About the Pattern?
As I mentioned, the pattern instructions are written in French. Overall the construction methods are fairly simple. There are also fairly simple sketches of the pattern pieces and construction methods. While not as clear as photos or computer generated graphics used by some pattern-makers, the sketches are sufficient. One of the great things about the pattern was the marking of the cuff pieces. The pieces are fairly small and it would be easy to place one incorrectly. to prevent this, the sides of the pattern pieces and the corresponding sleeve pieces are marked with “a”, “b”, “c”, etc. I’ve not seen this method used previously but it’s definitely a winner. Last of all, the faced slit pockets show the contrasting black/pink tweed fabric – a lovely design feature.
If you’re searching for stylish maternity patterns, give Deuxieme Arrondissement a try. She has some very stylish patterns.
To round out this post, here are a few more photos of this unlikely maternity coat. Best of all, she plans to wear the coat when she’s no longer pregnant.
Now we can’t wait to see what’s under this coat. Maybe before Christmas?