That song entered my head a few times whilst making this coat. It is the Oliver and S Secret Agent Trench Coat.
I have owned the pattern for awhile, I don't know why I didn't make it earlier - actually I know why I didn't make it sooner - it was the tracing of the pattern that put me off. I don't know I go through moods where tracing the pattern seems a lot of effort, and this pattern has quite a few pieces. Actually I think tracing and cutting take nearly as long as the sewing part.
I was a little bit worried when I was making the coat that it would swamp Ella. It is a size 3T, but during its construction it was looking very boxy and I was set on it sitting in the wardrobe until she filled out a little bit.
I am pleased to say that it doesn't look boxy now that it is finished. Ella loves it. She has been wearing it all day and wants to wear it when she goes to gymnastics (she doesn't do gymnastics, but I am sure she pictures those that do gymnastics would wear a coat like this) I love the trench with the skinny jeans and ballet flats - will be lovely for spring.
One thing I did was sew the belt to the back of the coat along the back centre seam. I am sure if I didn't the belt would be lost in no time.
One of the things I love about Oliver and S patterns is their finishing. This coat is no different. As the coat is not lined, the pattern suggests using bias binding to finish off the seams. I wasn't going to bother, and was going to buy red thread for my overlocker, but I am glad I went to the extra effort with the bias binding. I love the red polka dots.
The fabric - well it is my $3/m denim that I used for Ella's Figgys skirt. This coat does use a bit of fabric. I think I used about 2 metres, which is quite a lot for a small coat.
Luckily I bought another 3 metres, as I am loving the coat so much that I bought the pattern in the larger size and I am going to make one for myself.
If you haven't made this coat already, you need to. I think the most tedious part is the cutting out, sewing it is really simple and it comes together quicker than you think it will.