Exterior: Wool, wool blends, corduroy, denim, pre-quilted cottons, canvas, cotton drill, suede and oil skin are all suitable fabrics. You could use quilting cottons for a spring weight vest or quilt an extra layer in between the exterior and lining fabric for extra warmth. If you wanted a puffer-style coat, then polyester or nylon with batting quilted onto it works well. You might consider using a stable knit for the side panels for a little extra “give” where the toddler’s legs/knees will be.
Please note: It is NOT recommended to use thick fabrics for both lining and exterior as it may be challenging to sew through certain areas. **You may need to size up if using batting or using a thick fabric lining such as sherpa.
Lining: Traditionally you would use a slippery fabric for lining; however, cotton, linen and flannel work well too. Sherpa is also a deliciously snuggly lining fabric. If using a lightweight exterior fabric, you could use pre-quilted polyester lining to provide extra warmth.
For the maternity panel:
Size A = 24” (61cm) Sizes B-I = 26” (66cm) Sizes J -N = 28” (70cm)
For the carry panel:
Women’s Size A = 18” (46 cm) Women’s Sizes B-N = 20” (51cm) Men’s Sizes = 24” (61cm)
Refer to the fabric requirements chart within your original Forester Coat pattern.
You will need an extra 3/4 yd (0.75m) for either the maternity panel or the carry panel.