We have just received all our new patterns! I’m slowly adding them to the site, but I just had to feature this one, because it is just so darn cute! It’s the Secret Agent Trench Coat Pattern, by Oliver + S. For boys and girls, this pattern features double breasted buttons, raglan sleeves, shoulder flap, bias-bound seams, buttoned sleeve tabs, and there is a girly version with a gathered drop-waisted skirt.
Although the details like the shoulder flap and the buttoned sleeve are pretty cool, what I love most about this pattern is actually the way it looks when you open it up. I was actually just looking at a jacket of my own with bias-bound seams and thought that I’d really like to try sewing something like that. Well, when the Oliver + S pattern arrived I just had to try it out. I love how you open it up and you get a burst of unexpected colour in something as simple as seam lining. I prefer to make my own bias binding from colourful fabric by cutting 3.2cm strips on the diagonal. This pattern was a bit time-consuming, but it certainly wasn’t difficult. I would rate it ‘intermediate’ sewing skill level. Liesl’s instructions are very easy to follow, and she gives a lot of tips to get the most professional look. I always learn something new with any of the Oliver + S patterns. I’m attaching some photos of my daughter’s new linen Secret Agent Trench Coat – I made the size 2 which is a bit too big for her now, but she’ll grow into it very soon (if only we didn’t live in the tropics, she’d get a lot more use out of it!)
I thought my husband was going to say “she needs a jacket like she needs a hole in the head,” but when he saw her wearing it he said “cool, she looks like Inspector Gadget!” Well, let me just pat myself on the back then! And, as if you need any more reason to try this pattern for yourself, I’m going to give you 20% off the Secret Agent Trench Coat Pattern for the month of July!