Every little girl needs to have a special coat in her wardrobe, and this design from Connie Palmer is nothing short of perfection! Inspired by little red coats worn by her own daughter and granddaughter, Connie designed this delightful A-line coat complete with all the extra details that make her patterns so unique. Join Connie’s new on-demand online course to enjoy step-by-step video instruction, the girls’ coat pattern in sizes 3-6 and a bonus pattern so you can create a matching coat for an 18-inch doll. Let’s take a closer look:
This adorable Little Red Coat features a scalloped bodice overlay; a delicately piped, rounded collar; set-in sleeves with lower sleeve bands; and a full lining. Connie shows us two versions — one is in red corduroy for winter holidays. The other is in a mid-weight white pique, trimmed in pink — perfect for the cooler weather of spring and Easter. Suitable fabrics for the coat include wool, corduroy, velveteen, pique and other moderate weight woven fabrics. The lining can be solid or mini-check to coordinate with the piping and buttons.
The matching doll coat is made similar to the child’s version, but omits the overlay and the cuffs and uses snaps instead of buttons. Just picture your little girl and her doll, all dressed up in these matching coats!
If you’ve ever taken a class with Connie before, you know what a treat is is — and this online workshop is no exception. Even via video, Connie has a special knack for showing you exactly how to construct this design all while making you feel like she’s a dear friend sitting right beside you in your sewing room.
She begins the video instruction with an overview of the Little Red Coat design and shares some of her favorite notions she recommends using— she is known as the “notions queen” after all! And of course, throughout the step-by-step video she shares many expert construction tips, tricks and techniques that you’ll want to use again and again and again in your sewing. Some of the things you’ll learn are:
- Tips for accurate and easy cutting
- Great stay stitching and under stitching techniques
- How to apply piping, including trimming and clipping for smooth, bulk-free results
- All about making and inserting linings
- Top tips about interfacings: how, where, why
- Application of facings for a flawless finish
- How to achieve a smooth hem when the hemline is curved
- How to add buttonholes, even on thick layers
- …and many hints and Connie’s best tricks for trouble-free sewing