Emma would make the perfect lead for a production of The Princess and the Pea. It’s a fairytale I remember finding ridiculous as a child, but now it is thoroughly believable! Emma has come a long ways from the days when we took her everywhere in her pajamas because they were all she would wear, but warm clothing remains a struggle. She understands that she can’t leave the house without long sleeves and tights or long pants, but we were stuck on coats. When she was shivering while carrying her coat instead of wearing it in 16F (-9C) weather “because it made noise”, I knew I needed to get creative. So we went to the fabric store, and she picked out this pattern. I created a simplified adaptation, added patch pockets instead of the inset ones found in the pattern, and cut it out of some fleece remnants I had in my fabric stash. The new coat is fully reversible, has no fasteners (as decreed by Her Royal Highness), and is completely silent – as Emma commented happily as soon as she put it on. And she is wearing it! Friday was another cold day, and as we took Johnny to speech therapy she was so happy and grateful to have a coat she could stand to wear to stay warm!