Christmas Pea Coats
Certainly I am not the ONLY mother out there whose children refuse to wear jackets. While, it may be and frequently is below freezing outside, they will not leave their jackets ON. The moment we are in the car, scratch that, the moment we are within ten feet of the car, the jackets are off.
I am the mother who is bundled warmly herself, yet I have the two kids in long sleeves and jeans, walking in a parking lot going into a store and I am receiving stink eyes from others. Briana will complain about being cold and I remind her that her jacket is in the car and that SHE took it off. Sigh.
The problem is that their warm jackets are bulky and hard to buckle seat belts while wearing them. So, off they come, at least in Briana’s instance. So, I decided to make pea coats with flannel lining that are not bulky and provide a bit more protection than just a long sleeved shirt.
With Eliot’s jacket I wanted a hood and I wanted one that was big enough to pull over a beanie hat. I used a hood from my jacket and one from a snow jacket that fit him and drafted a pattern crossing the two. It is not perfect, but, I now know what to change for the next version (like making it detachable).
Also, with Mr. E’s I am going to add another set of buttons as I did not space them high enough and the weight of the hood pulls the front of the jacket back and changes the fit. With Briana’s, I placed them much higher and as a result I think her jacket fits her better. They both love them and that is all that matters.
And oh yeah, they leave them on in the car.
*The pattern is from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop and can be found here.