(Charming photo by Jennifer Morrison Photography)
The pattern is McCall's 6255 from 1962. In typical early-1960's McCall's fashion, there is only one size in the envelope and the pattern pieces are printed and precut, with numbered seams. This is my favorite era of pattern to work with. The markings are simple and there are instructions right on the pieces in addition to the instruction sheet with illustrations. Everything was perfectly clear to me, even though I have never made a hat or a jacket before.
I used the patch pockets instead of the welt pockets. I skipped the decorative bands at the sleeve hems. I topstitched the jacket seams but not the hat seams. I skipped all the interfacing and lining on the jacket since this was really a stunt project for pictures (and possibly for my retro-Halloween Kennedy family costume idea, but that didn't happen). I would like to try the tailoring techniques someday, but not for such a stunt project. The jacket is shown buttoned all the way to the collar in the pattern illustration, but in real life the collar rolls back nicely if the top button is left undone. The hat is lined and has a grosgrain ribbon band inside, hidden by the lining. Here are a few photos with the lightness jacked up to show the fabric and seaming details. (Pay no attention to the zom-baby staring into your brain. He's harmless.)
I'd say the coat - in Size 1 (chest 20, waist 19.5) - is still a bit big on my 18 month old. It's roomy everywhere, with an extra 1.5 inches on the sleeve length (tucked under for the pictures). For comparison, Henry is slightly tall and lean for his age. He's still wearing 18 month clothes but he will be in 24 month/2T soon.
If I were to make this again, I'd try the tailoring details on the collar, the welt pockets, and the sleeve bands. The pattern includes instructions for adding another layer of fabric for warmth (interlining), so I might try that. If I were making this for frequent wear, I'd make the sleeve bands functional so I could use them to keep mittens handy (adding a loop to the mittens and running the band through it). I was surprised to find that Henry actually likes his coat. I dragged him along to a sewing guild meeting to show the ladies, and when we got home he didn't want to take it off!