A Quick Pattern Review- Heidi and Finn Chic Cocktail Swing Coat

I actually made this coat a few weeks back as a gift for a friend of a friend. I made a few modifications but overall, I think this is one awesome pattern-simple and versatile. And it's only $5.95!! Although this was probably the most structured piece of clothing I've sewn, it was really easy! The hardest part for me was the buttonholes. I seriously stress over putting holes in something I've pretty much completed. The pattern is originally designed for one large buttonhole with a pull through tie closure but I decided to go with buttons instead. I think the tie closure is super cute but I wasn't sure how practical it would be to tie and untie on a squirmy toddler.



  • I used corduroy for the outer coat and flannel for the lining. 
  • I added some fusible interfacing to the collar to give it more structure
  • I used a slightly larger seam allowance as the pattern runs large
  • I used 2 layers of tear away stabilizer for the buttonholes since I didn't plan ahead for those
  • As much as I love plaid, trying to line everything up was tough! Solid fabric next time. Maybe.



You can find the pattern here!




9 comments:

  1. Great job! Yea, I'm more squeamish with button holes than I am with zippers. But you did a great job!

    Love the fabric :)

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  2. So adorable! Your clothing-sewing-skills rock! Oh, and you'll have to get Syd to model for us . . . when she's in the mood ;-) (I know how that goes!)

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  3. I have been eyeing up several of their patterns, glad to know they are well made. Love the coat, and the plaid stays- it ups the cute factor substantially :-)

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  4. Nice Vanessa. I have been wanting to try one of her patterns. That corduroy looks wool! The buttons and wide neckline are pretty. I am afraid of button holes too!

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  5. I have one of these cut out and just need to sew it up! I am in love with the giant buttons-so much easier than the ties! I will have to get me some!

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  6. Very cute! Where did you find the plaid corduroy? I love it!

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  7. holy cow this is the cutest coat ever!!! The plaid is just perfect for this. I'm in love!! I had been eyeing this pattern and like it with the tie but this is even better!!! Thank you for inspiring:)

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  8. This little coat is so darling! Buttonholes are really intimidating- the possibility of ruining a project when it's finally come together always frightens me. Anyways, this is seriously cute, like Mary Tyler Moore toddler wear.

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  9. Hello There! Love this coat, been thinking about making something similar for a while so will definitely give the pattern a look!

    Your blog is wonderful too by the way, stumbled upon it today xMarie

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