So Niece #1 had a birthday last weekend and as such was the lucky first recipient of this trench, which was made up in red drill. I was a bit daunted at first, tracing it off and then cutting out the pieces, as there seemed like there were so many! But it really came together quite nicely and with a minimum of fuss. I also really enjoyed learning how to trim the seams with bias tape (although after I was done I read something online about using satin ribbon instead and wished I'd seen it before I made the coat! Oh well, next time...).
Unfortuately the photos that I took weren't great. I really should have taken some photos at home, but we were a bit rushed on the day and I didn't have time before we headed off to my niece's birthday party. Then it was raining and so the photos were taken inside where the lighting wasn't great, and I couldn't find a decent spot as there were kids everywhere!
Inside view - the jacket is unlined and the seams are bias trimmed. I'd never done this before, and it was a bit tricky to get the hang of it (Oliver + S instructions are for the most part very clear and easy to understand, but I ended up having to consult Google on this one!) but I love the end result.
I managed to get a pic of it being modeled but the birthday girl wanted to get back to her friends and so I didn't get a good one. But this will have to do!
Incidently, this was a size 6 on a petite just-turned-7-year-old. I did add an extra inch on the hem as I was worried about it coming up short. If I was making it again, I wouldn't bother adding that length in as it would have been fine without it, but at least this way she can grow into it as the weather cools down. It is a longer-style coat though so it didn't seem too big even though it is currently knee-length on her.
The only question now is what colour trench to make for Katherine....?