Thursday, September 30, 2010

Ottobre Coat for Lil Hoot

I finally finished Lil Hoot's Ottobre coat on Sunday (the last day of KCWC). Well, mostly finished anyway - I didn't have enough buttons but I'll pick those up soon. It is a printed corduroy with a cotton/poly blend for the lining. The bottom skirt is pleated both front and back. There are flap details on the sleeves and a four button closure on the front. I chose to use fabric covered buttons.

Lil Hoot Ottobre Coat Front
Lil Hoot chose this fabric herself - pointing to it clearly of the three choices I gave her.
She also chose the bright green lining.

Lil Hoot Ottobre Coat Back

This was the most challenging project I have taken on to date. With at least 20 pattern pieces and tons of markings on each, it took a long time just to prep the material. I was careful and deliberate and determined not to use my seam ripper. I almost made it - I only had to rip back once and it was a silly, silly mistake. I learned a lot about garment construction and I can't wait to tackle more challenges! Thanks for the inspiration Elsie Marley!


  1. This is adorable!!! You did a great job! And that fabric pattern is perfect for your little girl. So pretty!

  2. Oh my gosh, Charity! That is sooo adorable! :)

  3. You have a beautiful model- can't wait to see your next creation...

  4. this is great! i have a copy of Ottobre magazine that I have yet to sew from. I think I'm intimidated by the overlapping patterns included - I'm inspired though! Thanks for sharing - do you have any tips for sewing from Ottobre? Did you find the directions easy to follow for an experienced sewist?

  5. Thanks all - it was fun.

    @April - I sent you a message on Etsy. And I noticed your blog was lonely so I became a follower. ;-)