Last week I finished my Simplicity 1775 cape. All the while I was working on it, my three year old son kept touching and smelling the wool coating telling me how he loved it. When I was done with my cape I looked at the odd shaped bits I had leftover, about a 1/2 yard and some smaller scraps... I could manage to make him a really simple autumn coat. Totally unplanned awesomeness!!! I used the 2-in-1 Jacket pattern from the book Sewing For Boys, one of the few pattern resources for making boys clothes.
This jacket is meant to be reversible but I'd think that the wool would be itchy against the skin, so I made it with that in mind. I used the leftover bits of my black Polartec fleece I used for my McCall's 7026 muslin jacket,
This pattern is sooo easy to sew up. The inside is just a duplicate of the outside, then they are sewn together with the right sides facing, flipped out and topstitched on the edges. I opted to make some super easy patch pockets in the name of speed rather then making welt pockets... he needed a medium-weight coat the next morning for school and I didn't want to stay up any later then I needed. It took all of three hours to sew.
I wanted this to be an easy to wear garment... it's for a three year old to run and jump and play in after all. The only interfacing I used was on the collar. I'm not concerned with drape and all that for this coat, the fleece gives the wool coating a nice full body and weight. I didn't have 5 buttons that matched but I had a pile of buttons to cover! Adorable!! I just did machine worked butting holes, another time saver and they still look great. The one complaint I have about the pattern's directions-- it tells you to put the buttons on the WRONG side of the coat! Ugh!! I had already started sewing the button holes before I caught that. The book specifically says to sew them this way.. traditionally boys buttons are on the reverse side. Oh, well, not a deal breaker once it's all said and done now. Hurray for making tiny things from that odd amount of otherwise useless material!!!