“Like father like son…” is a cliché that absolutely applies more often than not to my husband and our son. So…one grown up vintage smoking jacket (previous post) deserved a half-pint version, too! I kept with the family ties and made my son a fleece housecoat, or lounging jacket, using a vintage 60’s pattern that my husband’s mom had used to sew something for him when he was little.
Kiddie catered, this has a frog theme of my son’s choosing, with a printed fleece that reminded him of lily pads (they do see things differently and more creatively), with cute frog face buttons. Anytime he is slightly chilly in the pajama time of the evenings or after his bath, this fleece housecoat is the perfect thing for him. It was his Easter morning garb to rush outside from bed and look for eggs in the backyard! He looks so grown up in this and it makes him so cuddly cozy to hug!
PATTERN: Simplicity #7407, year 1968
NOTIONS: I used of some ribbon from my stash (leftover from the suspender straps to his 2017 Halloween costume) and he picked out the buttons on clearance at JoAnn
TIME TO COMPLETE: The way I made it kept it fast and easy. It was finished in October 2017 and it took about 6 to 8 hours to make.
TOTAL COST: As with my presents, I don’t really count the cost, but I only needed just over one yard of clearance fleece so my total wasn’t much at all!
I made my son’s housecoat pretty much the same way as I had made mine own (posted here). Fleece does need any edge finishing, which is so weird to me as I always sew with material which does fray where cut, so just like my housecoat I merely sewed ribbon along the edges for both decorative and stabilizing purposes. I love the contrast ribbon edging gives. It is just enough of a pop of color and keeps the fleece edge from rolling.
Of course no house robe is complete without a pocket (he loves to stash tissues, by the way!) so I gave a nice big oversized pocket. I really don’t see how two pockets work when house coats wrap over almost asymmetrically, but the patterns almost always call for two. The wrap edge would meet along the edge of the second pocket (if I would add it) and that seems weird to me. Anyone know what’s up with the two pocket wrap-on house coat problem?
This was pretty much his exact size. I just added a little more length in the sleeves to make sure and account for his growing like a weed! The only thing I really changed was to leave out the waist tie. Kids don’t need fussy clothes. I just sewed down more of the ribbon around the waist to bring it in, anchoring it down with the buttonhole.
My son may not be as dapper as his dad is in his smoking jacket, but this one is perfect. My son might look a bit serious in his photos but believe me he is hiding his giggles as well as the teeth he has lost. I make sure not to forget to be fair with my sewing and make time to create for my family – they deserve nice things, too! I know in my experience that home-time garments might not provide that fantastic of a post but they are the most worn and loved.