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When I decide to design something, the very first thing I do is research. When I have a finished product that looks unique because of my personal preferences, the fabric and trims I used, and design issues I solved in my own way, people often tell me that they wish they could come up with ideas like that. They assume, I suppose, that I woke up from a dream with an image of the finished outfit blazing in my mind. Or that when I designed it, I was in an empty cell, just me and a blank piece of paper, a bare light bulb hanging...
Maybe you're that good. I'm not.
Before I can form an idea of what I want, I have to do research. So I go to Google Image Search, or ShopStyle.com and I type in "coat". Then "princess coat". Then "double-breasted coat". And so on. (Typing "breasted" into any search engine is touchy. That could go bad in a hurry.)
I look through the tons of images quickly. If I'm going to love something, it'll leap out at me immediately. I save several images as I go along, until I have a good handful. Then I open them all up in Photoshop at the same time, squint, tap my teeth with my fingernail, and the primordial ooze begins to evolve.
All of that is to say, I would show you my design board, but since I've grabbed pictures from anywhere and everywhere, I can't just throw them up here, because they belong to other folks. So we'll have to make do with my drawings (sorry, I know my creative talent lies elsewhere) and I'll show you what I found. As we discuss this, please do go do your own searches and see some actual coats with the design features we're talking about.
Now, when I think "really girly", I immediatly think ruffles. I'm a sucker for ruffles. After reading your comments over the last couple of days, I have several ideas kicking around in my head.
I'm considering using this for the lining:
It's a 1/8" Kaufman cotton gingham in pink and brown from Fabric.com.
We can, of course, mix and match any of the parts from the coats I'm thinking up, or do something different entirely.
This coat has just a little flare, and a deep ruffle on the bottom. The sleeve on the left is cuffed with the lining fabric, the one on the right is finished with a ruffle.
This one is technically only "princess" to the waist, then a skirt is added below that. It's also double-breasted, round-collared, and has the same choice of sleeves as above. We can put a belt on it or not. Is a belt a good idea on a children's coat?
This one has princess lines all the way down, but a lot more flare is added than the first coat up there. It's single breasted, has ruffles on either side of the placket, and has a belt. It also has two sleeves we haven't considered yet, a Juliet-type on the left, and a plain straight sleeve on the right. We could also add more puff in the top of the sleeve for a different look. Didn't think of that while I was drawing.
As far as a capelet, if we decide we want one, we can add it to any of the styles above. It might be better, if we do decide to do a capelet, to do a simpler style so fancy details aren't wasted hiding out under there.
I don't believe that a capelet would actually make a child look as much like a football player as this drawing would have you believe.
Now we have some inspiration to chew on. I only drew round collars because that's what we seemed to agree on. We can only make one coat this time around, so we need to narrow down our options. We need to choose:
-an amount of flare
-whether we want a belt
-whether we want a capelet
Those are my thoughts. Yours?