Up Up and Away

I can’t believe it’s been this long. Turns out a three month stint in a country town, three job changes and a broken camera has left YOU all post-less! Anyway, I’m back with my regular, semi-regular up-dates…and today I have a gentlemanly Pea Coat for you. (Or ‘Pee’ coat if your little someone is being a little turd during the night)
Pattern: Unisex Pea Coat by Dear My Kids (etsy)

Outer: Japanese Cotton / Linen blend (etsy)
Lining: Austen Powers baby-poo velour.

The velour was the one piece out of a great lot of thrifted fabrics that I brought home and thought, ‘it’s hideous…what was I thinking?!’ And then I remembered this beautiful version of the Pea Coat. I used some dark denim from the same thrifty pillage for a contrast under the collar, sleeve tabs and the self cover buttons. I was planning to take some width out of the coat so it’s a tad more up and down for a boy and forgot…does it look like a dress?

 Anyway, I’m quite taken, as many of us are, with the idea of vintage, yesteryear, old-world, tailored little kiddie clothes. I especially liked the idea of a gentlemanly pea coat despite it being totally impractical in our sub-tropical climate. Oh well, I’m pretty sure practicality went out the window when it seemed like a dandy idea to make clothes for a whole year. Along the way I’m discovering that sewing is definitely not quicker and, once you develop a taste for designer fabrics, not cheaper. Who’s complaining?

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  • Carolynwrote:

    Oh, everything about this coat is adorable…from the pattern, to the fabric choices, to the buttons. Love it!

  • Michelle @ rockMYrollwrote:

    Welcome back to blog land hee hee. I adore this coat..its so cute.

  • dudeskeeroowrote:

    Love, love, love this outfit. He looks like an old-time aviator.

  • Christinawrote:

    It looks fantastic! You have such great taste in patterns and fabric! Feeling very inspired. 🙂

  • cateohwrote:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I love this coat, and your fabric choices! I must get some of that hot air balloon fabric!

  • Jessicawrote:

    The velour totally makes it. It’s so so good. And you are very right. Sewing is not cheaper or quicker, but it’s about the process. And about your kid’s clothes kicking everyone else’s kids’ clothes in the ass.

  • J-hanwrote:

    I second Jessica’s comment! Not quicker, not necessarily cheaper, but way awesomer! So cute, and don’t you get a few “chilly” evenings in the winter down there? True, winter is a while away for you, but still, who cares, its cute!

  • megannielsenwrote:

    Oh my goodness Sophie! I am so in love with everything you make for your little boys! This coat is just gorgeous. I honestly think you’re onto something with making such beautifully crafted vintage inspired clothing. I know it’s probably hideously hot in QLD right now, but once it’s colder you’ll be so glad you made this gorgeous coat!
    I’m in awe my dear! XOXO

  • happyfindwrote:

    What a stunning coat! I am in LOVE with the fabric.

  • small + friendlywrote:

    Welcome back to the internet, you were missed! I love a young man in a peacoat, especially with balloons! The clothes you make are so great because you do take your time and use designer fabric, unlike me 🙂

  • rachaelwrote:

    i’m with venus… stunning coat! love 🙂

  • skirtastopwrote:

    Welcome back Sophie – I missed you! This coat is SO cute – the fabric choices are fantastic and I love the pattern. Oh yeah, and your little guy’s eyes are amazing…what a cutie!

  • ::little projects in style::wrote:

    oh how cute! i would wear it too! if only they had such cute patterns in adult sizes! 🙂


  • la inglesitawrote:

    It´s beyond cute! you´re right about the lining, it´s such an unexpected fabric for a boy´s coat. I would never have thought about buying it just for this project, and that´s why I NEED to have the biggest stash that my sewing corner can accommodate.
    I LOVE IT.

  • Diwrote:

    Very cute coat!

  • Mrs Biddlewrote:

    Oh Sophie this is just gorgeous. Wow. You have such a lovely ability at choosing and matching fabrics. Where on earth is that hot air balloon fabric from? I need some NOW. Lovely. Mrs B xx

  • probablyactuallywrote:

    you’re killing me with that velour…and those eyelashes!! all around beautiful 🙂

  • Medr1ewrote:

    The coat is lovely, the baby even more so.

  • Hollywrote:

    Fabulous Jacket! Love the fabric! I must get on to etsy and get some prints! Because of coarse I NEED some more fabric 😉 x

  • Vanessa@DesignsBySessa.comwrote:

    Yay! You’re back! Worth waiting for in my opinion! I seriously love seeing the things you find and put together! Great work!

  • Inder-ificwrote:

    Oooh. Super unique and cool! I’m with you. If I can imagine it in an illustration in Winnie the Pooh, I will probably love it. Turn of the century British boys were the best. This is the hipster version (velour!) of that.

  • Mamashawrote:

    It looks great! Thanks for mentioning my blog.
    And no it doesn’t look like a dress. On those little ones, it just looks very cute.

  • Kimberlywrote:

    It’s so cute and I love the color combo. That print is fab. I am also a huge fan of that mustardy/pea green color myself. Though I buy it up and then it sits.

  • iriswrote:

    This is sooo cute. The contrasting velour is perfect!

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