The Puffy-Coat-To-Be


Good morning! As Christmas approaches, our weeks feel stuffed to the gills and as much as I’m enjoying the socializing, I keep punting sewing out of the to-do queue.

We’re diving headlong into winter, and alas, K somehow lost the Alpine coat I made her which would have lasted another season. I loved that coat, so it’s a bummer. Which means, I’m now trying to find my sew-jo for stitching another one up.

All this to say, this is a cheater of a post since I don’t have much to show you other than the fabrics I’d like to make the puffy coat out of (the black is water resistant and the aqua is a velour/minky type of soft loveliness for the lining), and I’d really like to add a zipper this time, but I need some hand-holding in the form of detailed illustrated instructions.

I’ve been doing a little research online and there seems to be a lack of kids’ hooded puffy coat patterns that are fully lined with a zip closure. I might Frankenstein the Alpine with Heidi’s Spring Showers Jacket, but wanted to see if anyone out there has other suggestions?


On an unrelated note, we got our Christmas tree this past weekend and we started trimming it last night. That little painting is by my mom, and I’ve carted it around with me for so many decades now…I don’t even know when she made it. We just got sad news that for the first time in 8 years, my mom won’t be coming to visit for Christmas due to some health issues. K is especially distraught by this news. There’s a chance she might be able to come up a little after New Year’s so we’re keeping our fingers crossed. Christmas without Ba-chan is hard to imagine.

Okay, back to looking for a puffy jacket pattern….

16 thoughts on “The Puffy-Coat-To-Be

  1. Aw no. I am sorry to hear that your mom is not well. I hope she is going to have a nice holiday anyways and taking care of herself. I love that painting too. I was thinking of doing one like it. I know! What a jerky thing to say! I just feel inspired to try my hand at a small canvas with mixed media on primed burlap too. that is what I mean.

    1. Not a jerky thing to say at all! My mom will be thrilled that she inspired you to make your own version :-). Thank you for the kind words, Max. I guess I should have been clearer – my mom is okay, but there are other family members that she takes care of that aren’t doing so great. It’s complicated.

    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth! What snazzy looking coats! It does seem a bit more involved for a puffy coat, but I might give it a try for spring as well! 🙂 At the very least the instructions may help me wrap my head around the zipper situation.

  2. Wishing your mum a quick recovery. I can highly recommend the Spring Showers Coat. I’ve made two and will probably make it again. It shouldn’t be too difficult to make it puffy! And the zip instructions are fabulous.

    1. Thank you so much, Evie! I’ve made the Spring Showers coat before and remember that the instructions were stellar – still thinking, thinking :-).

  3. I like Burda 9484 view B. I think the zipper directions might be good, haven’t tried it though! it seems to me you could just quilt it and add a hood. I am so sorry she lost her other coat, I loved that coat. I think it was a lot of work. Also, sorry about your plans with your Mom.

    1. Oh, I’ve never seen that one – another great suggestion! I haven’t fully given up on the coat yet though we can’t figure out at all where she could have left it! Thanks, Greta!

  4. I’m sorry, Sanae – I know how much time with your mom means to both you and K. Hoping that her health issues resolve well and that you are blessed with some bonus time together.

    1. We are very sad that we won’t have our usual holidays, but it’s for the best, so we’ll make do! We’re trying to see if we can fit in a Los Angeles trip early in the year too. Thank you, Lucinda!

  5. Hi! Bummer about your mom not being able to be with you. I know you will find some creative things to do to celebrate anyway. Good luck with the coat. I need to start finishing things and you give me a lot of inspiration with all the things you have accomplished in the last couple of years. Thanks for keeping it real in an encouraging way. Merry Christmas!

  6. It’s hard to live up to Ba-chan’s sublime cooking and entertainment powers, but I’ll try my best :-). Wishing you a wonderful and productive holiday season, Beccy!!

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