playtime: secret agent trench coat as a lab coat

I don’t know about you, but we’re spending a lot of time indoors this winter. It’s been a colder winter than our usual mild weather, and indoor playtime often means more playdates. And more playdates means more dress-up time. More dress-up time means more dress-up clothes are necessary. And do we ever have a dress-up project to inspire you! How cute is this doctor lab coat?


This genius little project was made by Debbie, who had the fantastic idea to re-purpose one of our patterns. I’ll let her tell you about it herself:

Because all of the dress-up clothing I make is well worn (well, actually abused and trashed), I try not to use expensive fabric.  For the lab coat, I used a discarded heavy cotton table cloth, and it proved to be a perfect weight.  The Secret Agent Trench Coat pattern was an ideal choice for a lab coat because it can be worn over layers of clothing, even a jacket when playing outdoors in a playhouse making house calls.


The only changes I made to the pattern were to use one row of buttons (instead of making it double breasted), and I left off some of the details such as the belt and the sleeve tabs. I made several large patch pockets, onto one of which I stitched a red cross using felt, and I used my embroidery machine to create her name.

If you want to read more about it and see more adorable photos, check out Debbie’s blog, Sewing Stash Challenge. Thanks so much, Debbie!




  1. Deb!! What a wonderful idea!! We’ve got two nieces that love, love, love to play dress up!!! Thanks for sharing….

  2. Jenny

    Oh this is timely! There are many a pre-school girl obsessed with Doc McStuffins right now. Hopefully they never lose sight of that dream.

  3. Sharon

    this in on my list since I first seen it Deb! Sarah so wants one too.

  4. This is so adorable! I love that it is personalized.

  5. So clever and inspiring!

  6. Emma

    Love it! My kids love playing doctor!

  7. So very very clever!

  8. Kristen

    What a great idea! My boys love playing doctor, veterinarian, or scientist like mommy. I have been considering this pattern, and you’ve convinced me that it’s now a must have!

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