At the time I worked in Spotlight and we just happened to have duck fabric that they were selling out of, I t bought a purple and a black fabric. Used a thermo graded wadding and used a fleecy fabric as lining. The pattern came out of a magazine, now sadly discontinued, called TOPKIDS. The only change I made was to add a full length zipper, one that opened from top and bottom. The original pattern was for a pullover top, with the zip only down to the chest, I wanted her to be able to get in and out of the jacket easily. Made the pants as per the pattern.
A few years back was talking with a friend who mentioned that her eldest daughter had outgrown her winter jacket and was about to go to the snow. She didn't know how she was going to be able to afford one, with my heart in my mouth I made the offer of my daughter's coat. She was so happy, her daughter loved it and I remember her running to me and thanking me for it. I was sad to let it go, almost regretting that I offered, but I didn't want it just gathering dust in the wardrobe.
So last weekend, I saw this freind, we don't see each other so much these days, not since I left the girls group we helped out in. She mentioned the coat and told me how it's been passed on to 2 others since her eldest grew out of it - a niece and then her younger daughter, each has grown out of it. I asked if she had anymore use for it as I was thinking it would be good for my niece. She said she would give it to my mum on Tuesday.
Am so pleased that this lady looked after it so well, she said her daughters loved the pants.