So while little sister will be the Cat in the Hat, wearing a hat and bowtie that I made for her last spring, big sister will be "Nancy Clancy," the detective incarnation of the Fancy Nancy character. For her costume, I made a trench coat using Ottobre's "Birdwatcher" Linen Jacket pattern from the Summer 2008 issue.
I seem to be opting for more details and complexity these days, and while the prospect is always a little daunting, it pays off! I cut out the pattern last weekend, and pretty much avoided doing anything with it until 6 P.M. this Saturday. I worked on it for about 6 hours on Saturday, and then much of the day (excluding meals and Mass) until 9 P.M. on Sunday. The only thing I modified was the length--which is longer--and the beltloops. The pattern calls for 4, but instead I made two fat beltloops and placed one on each side seam. I think I could have placed them a little higher, but it still looks good. Here are the results, including the most intimidating feature of all--the sleeve. I think it's fancy enough for Nancy Clancy!