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Added Nov 16, 2010

by kristensaurus

., Delaware, Uni...






Olive turned two a couple of weeks ago, and we had absolutely no money, so I made her a couple of gifts, instead.
This coat was made using an old suit from the thrift store that I bought for a Halloween costume years ago, and is lined with fleece from a oversized vest that was never worn.
I made the pattern on the fly (which took forever to figure out), but it was inspired by many different toddler jackets I’ve seen that I’ve wanted to get her. I just could never bring myself to shell out so much money for something she’ll grow out of in 4 months! I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I just wish I made it a little bigger, and a little longer.

I wanted to get some cute birthday balloon pictures, but toddlers are so uncooperative! She was super cranky before her party, and the only way I could get her to stay still was with crackers haha

Material Notes

wool/polyester suiting
2 black buttons




Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Other, Suiting

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    Jul 1, 2011, 01.37 PMby Jodi Wade

    So cute!

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    Dec 15, 2010, 10.15 PMby onlyoneme

    What a fantastic jacket! Congratulations on being thrifty too, you would never know by looking at her outfit!

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    Dec 6, 2010, 10.55 AMby meyakao

    Love love love this little coat…

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    Nov 18, 2010, 06.38 PMby shedoz213

    Adorable jacket and little girl! I love re-fashioning things- Great job~

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    Nov 17, 2010, 05.56 AMby Dita Wistarini

    smart idea. She is so adorable :)

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    Nov 16, 2010, 11.30 PMby ellohdesign

    great idea! looks so cute on her.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 09.23 PMby runningwithscissors1

    Very cute! What a lucky little girl to have such a creative mommy. At least you have made it once, so you can recreate it in a larger size later on.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 08.51 PMby nookie

    gorgeous – having no money makes one quite resourceful and creative. i’m sure you’ve alrready had people admire your coat, wondering where you bought it!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 08.33 PMby daleruthmoe

    What a resourceful and adorable jacket. Didn’t someone say. Out of necessity comes inspiration?

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    Nov 16, 2010, 08.32 PMby mmarierimes

    Beautiful design and beautiful job. What a wonderful gift!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 05.05 PMby tradsahm

    It’s so sweet! Much better than anything a store could offer! :)

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    Nov 16, 2010, 04.53 PMby cantare

    This is one of the cutest two-yr-old jackets I have ever seen. Really. What a talented and thoughtful mama you are! She looks like a Burberry baby but the tag is priceless!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 04.19 PMby say99

    love it!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 03.14 PMby pickles1

    It’s awesome!!!! that’s exactly what I would have done!! there’s no since in buying stuff that you can just create out of other things and plus you will never find such a custom look!!! Great Job!

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    Nov 16, 2010, 02.07 PMby kelepso

    It’s adorable and I’m quite sure it looks better than any expensive coat you could have brought her. Even better, it’s more special because you made it for her. Great job! It’s adorable. I love that it’s taliored but casual and girly at the same time.

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    Nov 16, 2010, 01.58 PMby rustyrose

    This is very very cute! I want to make something like that for my nieces! Very wonderfully done.

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