Monday, September 22, 2008

Grab your coat and hat

My sister brought me some beautiful vintage, red and white hounds tooth fabric the other day, and I could not wait to cut right into it!
I had a few ideas in mind, then decided on a coat and beret for Anna.

I wanted something swingy, a bit Audrey Hepburn if you will, but I did not have a pattern for what I wanted. Being the anxious, compulsive, I mean, umm, passionate person that I am, I decided to wing it. I used a shirt pattern as a guide for the arm holes and the sleeves, but the rest was a bit of a risk.



For here beret, I used a pattern in Amy Butler's new book, Little Stitches. Finny send it to me, and I think I emailed her back and told her I was in love with her when I received it! It is a fabulous book, with lots of fun patterns for all skill levels.
It makes me very happy when I take a risk, and it works out, but even happier when the recipient loves what I have made.

49 comments:

Katie Jean said...

she may be the cutest thing ever! The jacket is gorgeous and makes her look like a real life American Girl Doll! I really want to check that book out too. It seems like it has some really great projects.

Blaynexox said...

OMG. My jaw dropped when I saw that adorable little coat and beret!!! It is sooooo cute and honestly, your daughter is the most adorable little girl ever! You are so talented - I am officially OBSESSED with that little coat and hat! :)

Marsel and family said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

countrychicken said...

You are amazing at knitting and sewing to. I agree with the above comment - she could be an American Girl Doll. Your daughter is adorable.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Oh my goodness I really don't know if that could be any more adorable! Too cute!!

Julie said...

Your children are so beautiful... and the coat and beret are adorable!

APA said...

The little coat and beret...too cute. You're amazing! Your little girl...so sweet & so adorable she looks absolutely squeezable. Definitely...she loves her new clothes! It's in that smile & the twinkle of her eye.

ittybittybirdy said...

CUTE!

Suzanne said...

Love it! (said just like Weezy in Dragon Tales)

Sarah and Jack said...

Oh, mais oui! Le manteau est super!

QuiltedSimple said...

How cute. I think I need to wing this one for my niece - she'll be 2 here in a couple weeks and I need a gift. Thanks for the inspiration!
Kris

Meagan said...

Katie! It is gorgeous! Anna is gorgeous-Could such a perfect coat be made for big girls too?!? I love the fabric-it is suh fashionable, you did a great job, I think the collar is my fave!

kristena marie said...

Wow! Looks great. And your girly is soooo cute! :)

angie said...

Oh my gosh. To die for.

nova said...

You are very good. And this is one of the many reasons I would like to have a girl one day...so I to can obsessively whip up cuteness for her. Very cute!!

lucky knitter said...

That coat and hat are so incredibly cute on your adorable daughter. You really could sell this pattern. Love the hounds tooth.

Cassidy said...

The cutiest thing ever!

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

I love it! The red hounds tooth is awesome and the outfit looks great on your daughter. I love the beret!!

Rhea Daiute said...

Ooh la la...

Take lots of pictures of your little girl in this coat and hat, because the good news is, when she is old enough to have a little girl of her own, they will both still be in style!

Audrey would be so proud.

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Steph said...

Oh my goodness - so adorable!!! I want my very own! ;-)

I'm so honored that you tried the tomatoe sauce! I hope the family enjoyed it!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

What a lovely coat and beret!! It looks so stylish - you did a brilliant job on drafting the pattern.

Kelsi said...

OMG!! This is quite honestly the cutest set I have ever seen!!

Melanie said...

Love it, love it, love it, love it!! Love houndstooth, love red jackets, love the style, love the beret!

amandajean said...

oh. my. goodness! I want a coat like that in my size. you must be positively giddy with the results! and your little one is ADORABLE in the outfit. nice job, Katie!!!!

Kathy said...

I can not believe you did that without a pattern! Wow, it came out PERFECT! I totally do not feel confident enough yet to try something like that on my own. Toooooo cute!

Denise said...

Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know I got your parcel in the mail today, sorry for the delay, last week got a little hectic!

melissa s. said...

it's BEAUTIFUL!!! very audrey!

Marcia said...

Wow! It's stunning! You did good!
real good!

Knitterella said...

OMG - that is the cutest! She should be a model in a magazine. Just totally adorable - you did a beautiful job!

I've got to get my hands on that boo - haven't even seen it yet.

Barb said...

Those are just too precious for words and yes, she does seem very "Hepburneske."

Gretchen said...

Super cute!!

Jenna said...

The jacket and beret is absolutely adorable on her she is so cute!!

Hilary said...

TOO CUTE! Looks like you have a happy client, as well! Modifying sewing patterns frightens me to no end, so I'm extremely impressed!

Missy said...

OH MY GOODNESS! THAT HAS TO BE THE CUTEST GETUP EVER!!!!
How do you do it? You are so talented in anything you try! I want to try to make one, but I fear it wont turn out 1/100 as well as yours did.
Way to go. Mad props to you and your skills!!!

BizzyMommyKnits said...

very audrey hepburn! i absolutely love this combo1 well done!

beki said...

It turned out great - love it!

Nantucket Dreams said...

i do not think she could possibly look any cuter! what a great result from just winging it!

elliebelle said...

That is seriously so freakin' cute! Your daughter's face is priceless, what a sweetie. Great work!

FinnyKnits said...

Well, and really now, how adorable is that child in her matching swing coat and beret?

I'm so glad you're enjoying the book and that I can watch you make all these amazing things.

And GEEZ nice work on the freehand coat. Amazing.

Kate said...

It is great - turned out so well!

Elise said...

A risk that really paid off!! I love it!!
Elise

3 M's said...

that is adorable- I would love to wear that jacket, you have enough fabric for an adult size small? ;) joking of course.
Nice work & fun to see it work out so well!

a friend to knit with said...

ahhh you!!!
i am amazed that you just winged it!
absolutely perfect katie.
and your daughter is just ADORABLE!

Stephanie said...

The only thing cuter than that adorable coat and hat is the model!! She is like a precious little doll to dress up. How fun!

Stephanie

tiennie said...

Absolutely adorable! The coat and beret are too!

Poshyarns said...

Oh wow, so gorgeous, you have done an amazing job and such a gorgeous model.

Monika said...

Oh how very cute!!!

dana said...

I stumbled on your blog and I'm so glad I did! That jacket and hat are absolutely adorable. And your daughter seems to like it too.
Your knitting projects are amazing. I can crochet, but man, I could never imagine making a whole long sweater like that.
You are truly talented!
- dana
http://dana-made-it.blogspot.com/