My Falafel needed a winter coat and I needed to sew one for her because she wanted it to look like a squirrel (like the fox coat she had 2 years ago that she finally grew out of). Instead of using the same pattern out of fleece, again, I wanted it to be warmer and have a little more structure. So I pulled up all of the Peek-a-Boo pattern coats (there are quite a few) and she picked this one out:
The Alpine Wonderland Puffy Coat
I made a few changes. Firstly, I added fur to the sleeves. The pattern actually calls for the fur around the hood (which is so cool), but I added the ears. The other thing I did was add two panels in the front to extend it. She was on the border of size 7 and 8, and I chose a 7, but it was too fitted to wear heavy sweatshirts under (which she wears regularly this time of year), so I decided to just insert two panels to make more room. If I were to sew it up again, I would just go with the larger size.
I also gave her a tail. She originally wanted a squirrel, but my husband and I think it looks like a wolf or a coyote. It makes her happy, so that is really all that matters, I suppose.
I decided to quilt a zigzag pattern to mimic fur without having to make it furry!
The outer fabric is a gray bottom weight and it is lined with dark gray fleece. My girl picked those buttons out of my stash. At first I wasn’t sure they would go, but I really love them.
As you can see, she agrees.
I like that this coat is an animal without being too “little girl” for my almost 10 year old.
As with all Peek-a-Boo patterns, this one is easy to follow with clear illustrations.
And it was easily customized! The ears inserted right into the panels that were already part of the pattern.
The thickness of the fur combined with the outer fabric and the fleece lining was a little tough to sew through, but I did it slowly and carefully.
The weather has turned here, and all I can think about sewing is fleece and flannel and fur. Which is a good thing, really, because that is all that my girl wants to wear.
Now I have one happy, warm, and very cute little wolf squirrel.
::I did receive this pattern for free, but as always, my opinions are MINE MINE MINE::
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