Big Little Wild Things Unicorn Coat6:52 pm
Every once in a while comes a pattern that's so crazy unique and different that it blows people's minds. ladies & gentlemen, I'd like to introduce to you the first such pattern to blow my (and your) mind this year!
The Wild Things Coat is the newest pattern by Big Little, a new-to-me pattern company that I've fallen head over heels with. It's not just the patterns, it's the woman behind the patterns who I admire and respect and who is totally talented. I signed up for testing TWO coats, this one and one for Vincent, and while sewing with blankets and stitching up thick winter coats for my babes in the middle of this hot hot Australian summer made me feel like a crazy person it was still A LOT of fun.
The pattern gives you so many options for so many different animals. I asked the kids what animal they wanted and Eddie chose a unicorn: which was kind of exciting because while I have a hard time doing all that princess stuff I'm getting better and I'd been dying to do something with a unicorn horn for Eddie for a while. The steps for the unicorn come with the pattern, as well as a lot of others: lion, giraffe, dog, bear, dinosaur, zebra, pony, cat, mouse, ladybug, fox and then there's inspiration for like... every animal ever (Vinnie wanted a kangaroo!)
Eddie's unicorn coat was made from a pink wool blanket and lined with a bed sheet. Both bedding items I bought from the op shop a while ago (I was searching for a long time for a brown or orange blanket for Vincent and of course it wasn't until AFTER I made the kangaroo coat for him that I found like twenty of them). I piped the majority of the seams with my favourite colour, turquoise piping i made myself.
I had a lot of fun matching up the plaids, it's my sick little pleasure. I sewed up the size three for my shorty, the pattern is designed to be worn with the cuffs rolled up with the idea of room to grow in mind! Don't you love that? I've got the next two winter's coats sorted now!
The coat is fully lined, so even if you are upcycling a wool blanket (highly recomended) it's not going to itch your little one at all.
The hood is my FAVOURITE part. Okay all of it is my favourite part, but the hood was the most fun I've had. The sweet little horn is made from white fleece and with the diagonal stripes I alternated pink and turquoise stitching. The pattern gives you instructions on how to do the main, and I used rainbow wool I've had in my stash for a really long time. I really wanted to brush it out and get this effect, but I might do that later (i need to get a cat brush!). The little ears kill me, aren't they cute! But that horn. I'm in love with it. I was so intimidated by it but it's like the simplest thing ever so?? I get sewing hang ups on the stupidest things ahah.
The buttons are also from my stash, something I've been hoarding but I'm glad I used them! Crystal-cut plastic buttons in the shape of hearts. So magical and so Eddie and she LOVES.
I have no idea what it is with toddlers and their inability to be affected by the weather. It was really hot that day and I was snapping pics so fast, it was like a five minute shoot and then she got rewarded with a big glass of water and a big bowl of ice cream with pop rocks. Eddie wasn't bothered by the heat, but Vinnie was.
The hood is a small size, but you can use a larger sized hood if you prefer. If I made this again I probably would do that but I do like the way it sits snug around her adorable little cheeks.
There is a blog tour for this coat if you want to check out all the variations! There's so many talented seamstresses out there who've stitched up some incredible little animals for their babes! My favourite is this dinosaur for an older boy (you know how I get heart eyes over boy things!). Vinnie's kangaroo coat will be up later this week for you!