(1) I omitted the Skirt Hem Ruffle
(2) I chose not to make the Belt Loops or Belt and added one of my favorite belts from the closet
(3) I used pearlized snaps rather than buttons
That is what is so awesome about patterns! You can make them your own and fit them to your mold. Because the pattern was so well developed I was able to make these changes without compromising the overall design and outcome of the coat! My daughter is thrilled with it! Actually both daughters are thrilled with it. That is the other thing I loved about the coat; it is versatile! While I was capturing pictures of the dress only on my oldest, my assistant stole the coat and put it on. I was so in love with how it looked with a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt! This is a must have pattern! I know I say that a lot, but apparently I have a pattern addiction (you can see some of my issues here).
Under the coat is a sleeveless jersey dress that was such a fast simple project. I chose not to add the optional neck ruffle and used double-sided elastic to encase the raw edges. I added some really fun trim around the gathered waist and kept the colors simple but bold. I got this awesome triangle jersey knit from Girl Charlee. It is so soft and yummy! The gathered skirt hits right above the knee and so it is approved by me, my little lady, and dad. I like that the dress is simple enough to be worn to school but also can be worn to Church and other more dressy events, like a recital or play.