Poor Granota always seems to get the short end of the stick; Rana always seems to get the new things first. I finally finished her coat this afternoon after it has been laying around in various stages of completion for the past week or so. The buttonholes gave me trouble. The buttonhole foot on my machine was giving me fits, so I ended up having to do them with just the zigzag stitch and pins to measure. Not the end of the world, but a little bit of a hassle.
Of course, she looks adorable in it.
And of course, we had to get some good twirling action with a coat this full.
This coat has flared front, side front, back, and side back pieces, which would already give it some incredible fullness. But it also has four godets (triangle-shaped pieces), making it a complete circle around the bottom.
As with Rana’s coat, it’s a double layer of fleece all around. I also added pockets and a loop on the inside for easy hanging. Rana has already received several compliments on her coat from teachers and office ladies at school, as well as strangers in the grocery store. Mr. Gren has been telling me for years that I ought to make and sell these kind of coats and I’ve been waving him off. But I think he may be on to something. I’ve got lots of fleece and I’m kind of on a roll, so I think I’ll be putting a few coats in my etsy store. (And lest anyone else is worried about copyright infringement, I will make my own pattern). I’m kind of excited about it.
I am also going to make the girls “fancy” winter hats. And to be fair, this time I’ve started with Granota’s.