Children, Patterns

Emma’s baby coat free pattern

Phew! It took me a while to make it but don’t worry, it’s not difficult to make, just time-consuming 🙂 I made it from wool blend but to be honest, I regret not making it from something softer like boucle, I just couldn’t resist seeing Emma wearing a coat in this amazing shade of yellow. Front and hood are cut as one piece. I wanted it to look neat both when it’s open and closed and avoid sewing through 8 layers of fabric.

This pattern is for children from 6 months to 2 years. If your child is older, don’t worry, I’ll tell you a secret…. There s a bigger coat coming, probably in January! 🙂

Scroll to the bottom of the page and download the pattern.

Print on A4 paper. Start with first page and make sure the test box is 5 x 5 cm.
You can try printing on different paper format but always select printing to 100%. Let me know if you have any issues of you want to print on a different size of paper, I’ll see what I can do 😉

How to join your pattern pages together:

If you’re not sure which size to choose, check the measurements chart https://midnightsewer.com/measurements-charts/

Recommended fabric: wool, boucle or similar, interfacing

NO SEAM ALLOWANCES ADDED

Cutting:
Front x2 + Front facing x2 + Front lining x2
Back x 2 (or you can cut it as 1 piece) + Back facing x1 cut on fold + Back lining x1 cut on fold
Sleeve x2 + Sleeve lining x2

Fabric requirements:
Fabric width 140cm
size 74 1.3m of main fabric, 0.4m of lining
size 80 1.33m of main fabric, 0.43m of lining
size 86 1.36m of main fabric, 0.46m of lining
size 92 1.4m of main fabric, 0.5m of lining

What is very important here is interfacing. I used Vilene G770, which is one of my favourite interfacing and it’s suitable for both woven and knit fabrics. Always try to choose interfacing that is woven, especially if you want to iron it on to the larger areas. It will hold better, won’t be too stiff and won’t just fall apart.

Where to apply interfacing:
Entire front without the hood (this is optional but I do recommend it), all facings without the hood, Coat and sleeves hemming allowances+1cm

See what I cut from each type of fabric:

Main pieces in red, lining in blue. Cut lining shorter, I’ve cut mine 4 cm shorter
Interfacing in red, facing in green. Back facings are cut on fold. It is a good practice to also add interfacing to the entire front (without hood) and hemming allowances

Instructions (of course this is my preferred method, you can do it differently:

1. Add seam allowances and cut the pattern, cut your fabric and interfacings and iron them on. Cut lining a bit shorter than main fabric. and don’t forget to square seam allowances.

2. Stitch back pieces together, press all the seams as you go, I won’t be mentioning this step here again 🙂

3. Stitch front to sleeve and sleeve to back. Remember not to stitch all the way to the end of the sleeve, there is also your seam allowance for joining with the hood! See the picture below. Stitch your hood together and clip the seam.

4. Time for an awkward bit, Stitch hood to the back and sleeves. Yes, the corner is a bit tricky, If you struggle to go all the way with your sewing machine just hand stitch that corner, nobody will know, I promise! Trim excess of the fabric.



5. Stitch sides and sleeves together with a single seam

6. Now your outer shell is complete. Repeat the same steps for the lining, Remember that the part of the front and top of your back will be replaced by facings cut from the main fabric.

7. To join your layers together place them on top of each other with right sides facing together. Remember that your lining layer is shorter. Stitch it all the way around fronts and hood but without stitching your lining seam allowances. See the picture below.

8. Pin bottom edges to the lining seam allowances and stitch it together horizontally leaving 20cm in the middle for turning your coat inside out.

9. Finish your seam at the front, repeat for the other side and trim seam allowances close to the seam.

10. Turn your coat inside out, hand stitch bottom of the lining and sleeves. Seriously, don’t be scared of hand stitching. It’s a legit method. A bit time consuming but most beautiful and expensive garments are all stitched by hand! Topstitch front of the coat.

11. The last step is stitching neck seams together. You can do it with the machine (do it from the outside so it looks neat with the hood on) or hand stitch in the ditch (this is what I’ve done) which will be pretty much invisible.

12. Well done you! Go and pour yourself a glass of wine, you deserve a bit of rest 🙂

13. No no no no, almost forgot! Go back and add some sew in fasteners (only if you didn’t have more than a single glass otherwise leave this step till tomorrow ;)) I also added buttons to the front only as a decoration, my MIL showed me this cool trick 😉

14. Enjoy your new coat 🙂

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