Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How to make a child's lab coat

Zoe's Mother's Day Out director is always gushing about the little dresses that Zoe sometimes wears to school that I make.  A few weeks ago, she asked me if I thought I would be able to make a lab coat for her little boy's Mad Scientist birthday party coming up in June.  I told her I'd have to look into it and I'd get back with her.

Well, what I discovered is a serious lack of child sized lab coat patterns.  I did run across something somewhere (forgive me for not saving it so I could link to it), that suggested using a shirt pattern and just making it longer.  Made sense to me.  So I went looking for a suitable shirt pattern. 

This is what I went with:


Any Hawaiian-style shirt pattern will work, this was the brand on sale when I went.  =)

I bought some plain white cotton fabric and made two changes to the pattern.  One, I made the sleeves long.  Two, I added 6 inches to the length.  That's it.  Otherwise, I just followed the directions for the pattern. 

Normally, I would make it a size bigger than needed, as well, but ended up making it the same size as the kid because I bought the pattern before asking what size he was and 8 was the biggest size.  Hawaiian shirts are baggy anyway, so it will be fine.

lab coat

I opted to not put any pockets on it, but it would have been a nice addition.  After ripping the collar out twice, I just needed to be done with it and I knew she didn't care.  It was my first time sewing a collar and I must say I'm not itching to do it again any time soon.  I'm not one of those people who claim to be friends with the seam ripper.  It's usually a project killer if I have to start ripping seams.  Sad, but true.  However, making a little money gives me extra patience.  ;)



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