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So, I live in the North Eastern part of the US - here, the air is getting crisp, the temperatures are cooling down, and the time is ripe for apple picking and digging out the fall/winter wardrobe.
In looking through my boys clothes, it quickly dawned on me that while my skinny twin will still fit in his coats from last year, his slightly beefier brother will not. Thus beginning the hunt for some great new coat patterns for him. I was sooooo excited to have the opportunity to review the Bova Coat by Apple & Fig - this coat is adorable and 100% boy. It has great details including welt pockets, button tabs, and bias tape finished facings. These are the special touches that not only make the garment grab your attention and go 'WOW', but are also the things that give the professional finish I crave in my children's wardrobe. (*read to the bottom for an exclusive discount!)
As an intermediate pattern, this is not one to delve into with bleary eyes or only 1 hour to sew. But, it IS a project that anyone can handle with a pinch of patience and a double dose of taking things slow and reading the pattern - with great illustrations and step by step instructions, you too can create this coat for your kiddos!
The only step I found complicated at all was the side welt pocket - I wish this section had photos so that I could have more easily kept track of which fabric was going where... but once I figured it out and sewed up the first, the second was a breeze!
- Skill Level: Intermediate (based on facings, welt pockets, and collar construction)
- Size Range: 1y-6y *I really hope they end up doing extended sizes on this - I would love to be making these for years to come!!!!
- Fit: I made the 4 for my line backer of a 2.5 year old. He has room for a sweater and to grow taller. Based on his chest measurement, I 'should' have made him the 6... but mama's intuition kicked in and I knew that my Store Brand 3t wearing barrel chested hulk didn't need a 6. I decided to size up based on his height and go with a 4. This is one of those areas where you just know how clothes fit your child. *If you are looking to sell these, I would look at all the measurements and use your judgement.
- Printing: Prints in color (I actually prefer the dash dot dash lines since I print everything in black and white... but everyone has their own preference) The Pattern pieces are nested and print on 15 pages.
- Instructions - Detailed with lots of tips, tricks, and options for finishing the facings with either bias tap or turned hems. This pattern does not require a serger. The illustrations are detailed and help with the construction process... but I probably am more used to photographs in PDF patterns.
- The Results.... well, I think the pictures speak for themselves! I love this coat!!!
Now Here is Crystal with her more in depth Review and adorable take on this great coat...
If you need a coat for the cool months ahead, I highly suggest you check this one out. Take advantage of the discount code: PREVME for 25% off the Bova Coat now through October 17th. And check out the Apple and Fig Facebook Group to upload your creations and to get support and encouragement as you create a special coat for one of the littles in your life!