Tuesday, November 6, 2012

McKenzie Giraffe Coat

Late this summer we happened upon an amazingly soft giraffe print faux fur at our local Hancock Fabrics. My older daughter had a giraffe obsession for months already at that point, so a giraffe costume seemed like a safe costume. I really didn't want to do the typical jumpsuit-and-hood-type costume that would only be worn once or twice, so I decided a dressy coat would be perfect for Halloween and beyond. But then came the problem of finding a suitable coat pattern! I considered several different patterns, and even made a muslin of one when I came across BariJ's new McKenzie Coat! I knew instantly it was perfect!

It wasn't set to release until October 29, but sweet Bari sent me an advanced copy!

I made the long sleeved version so it is really wearable throughout the winter. It is fully lined in the same chocolate satin I used for the sleeve ruffles. Rather than using a contrasting fabric for the pockets, I used the same fur. I added in satin piping to the tops of the pockets to give them a little more definition, since they blend right in. 

Another minor deviation from the pattern instructions is the large pair of hooks and eyes I used instead of buttons and buttonholes. 

Faux fur and satin aren't my favorite to sew with, but I think the coat turned out really well! It is extra snuggly and cozy too! 

And best of all, she loves it!

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