This is the Australian Drover's Coat, sized for children! This pattern includes all of the authentic detailing of the adult version, including a turtleneck sweater to knit. Created especially for the horsemen who rode the rugged Outback at the turn of the century, this dashing coat is still popular today. It has many practical features for all-weather riding (horses or bicycles!), or it can be stripped down to a very easy-to-make duster for boys or girls.
The original version, Version B, is ready for the range with wrist tabs, elbow patches, and a detachable shoulder cape. Leg tabs and the long fantail vent in center back cleverly wrap around to form a type of legging for added body and saddle protection while riding. The front opening is covered with a rectangular flap for wind and rain protection and the partial lining adds warmth. The basic, clean shape and essential details alone comprise View A, an over-everything coat. Both roomy coats fasten with heavy-duty gripper snaps and can be made in a variety of fabrics, waterproof or not. Waterproofing information and instructions are included with this pattern.
Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight denim, canvas, poplin, wool, linen; ripstop nylon, microfiber, or other water-resistant fabrics.