There’s a Bear On The Loose!

He may not be mighty or particularly ferocious, but he’s a bear no less.  I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out what I would do for this last week of pattern reviews.  Then, I realized I had a coat I’d been planning, so why not do that?  It’s a fantastic pattern, simple and quick.  What more could you ask for?  Fairies to do your prep work??  Sorry, if only.  Aside from the cutting you’ll need to do, this baby comes together surprisingly fast!

This week, I’m also providing proof that I did indeed sew from my stash.  I still can’t believe that I’ve sewn almost every day for a MONTH and haven’t needed to buy any fabric!!  On the bright side, my craft area is losing weight (at least one of us is ) and looking better by the day.  I’m not going to bore you with any small talk today, so here’s the pattern and you’ll find my review below.

Lions and Tigers and …You Know the Rest

Pattern Description:

This is a pattern for a child’s jacket/coat.

Pattern Sizing:

The pattern offers generous sizing from 1-14.  *These coats are designed to run on the large side for “room to grow”.  I’ll easily use mine for the next year if not longer.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?

Yes, both times the coat worked up looking like the modeled pictures with the exception of fabric choices.

He’s 15 months old and I made the size 1. He’ll be able to wear these jackets for a while and I LOVE that!

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Absolutely!  This is the first pattern I’ve made by Twig and Tale, I’ll definitely be buying more.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The pieces for the sleeves and the hood fit PERFECTLY!  Easing in sleeves is usually where the headache starts for me, but both times I’ve made this, it’s been a breeze.  Even though this step takes the most time for me, it still wasn’t difficult.  Plus, I love the option to create a hanging loop.  This just takes the coat up to looking more professional.  I really like that touch.

I found a package of twill tape labels @ Joann with the quilting supplies
Fabric used?

A cotton twill that I’ve had since July.  I just couldn’t figure out what to do with it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made?

None.  I followed the directions to the letter from start to finish.

Would you sew it again?  Would you recommend it to others?

Yes!  I already have fabric for the girls and my middle son.  My oldest is proving to be a little trickier, but, I have plans to make it at least 3 more times in the immediate future.  Yes, I’d highly recommend this pattern.


I LOVE this pattern!  It’s so rewarding to be able to make something that looks like it came from a boutique.  I remember staring longingly at those pricey, but still adorable, jackets and clothes.  Now that I’m able to make my own things, I just spend all the money saved on fabric. 

I hope you were able to find at least one thing you’d want to make this month.  If you’re new to sewing (like me) or a seasoned pro, inspiration is always useful.  Everything I’ve made is suitable for beginners, so don’t be intimidated!  I didn’t start sewing seriously until this year.  I’m still learning something new regularly, but I love that I can still create something useful in the process.  I went from being afraid of my machine (my serger is still on this list) to sewing daily.  You know the saying “use it or lose it”, well, USE it!!  Hope to see you next week.


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