Here are the pics of her trying on the "practice" coat:
Yup, her eyes are closed. She doesn't look too thrilled about it either. I tried to reassure her that this was just the practice coat, not the real thing she wouldn't have to wear out in public or anything. =)
Now for a picture of the fabric I decided to use. I went with a purple, pink, and gray wool plaid and a light cotton for the lining. I am still deciding if I want to add something between the layers to make it slightly warmer. I think the wool by itself would be warm, though. We'll see.
I think it will look lovely if I don't mess up during the cutting, or for that matter, the sewing process. I do have some ideas for some alterations I am going to make since she is so incredibly skinny. At last measurement (her birthday Aug. 2013) she was 5 foot 1 inch and 85 lbs. Tall and skinny! I mean, come on, she is only 11-years-old! She is outgrowing everything as fast as I can purchase it!
If anyone else is participating in the sew-along and contest, I want to wish them/you all good luck!