5 Coats You Can Sew This Winter

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2 Wool Coats, 2 Raincoats, 1 Cape For Sewists Of All Levels

Sewing a winter coat doesn’t need to be a daunting task. You can sew up a wonderful cape or semi tailored coat to add variety to your winter outerwear wardrobe. I hope my 5 coats you can sew this winter will inspire you to get sewing!

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1. Yates Coat By Grainline Studios

Yates Coat

The Pattern Review

This is a wonderful tailored coat pattern. Grainline Studios has a perfectly drafted coat that is city chic but timeless. And, it has great pockets!

I made mine with a sumptuous wool and silk lining from Minerva. You can read the pattern review at Yates Coat Pattern Review

The Class

I produced a Yates Coat sew along for Minerva. My step-by-step instruction will have you showing off this gorgeous coat this season. Everyone will be saying, “Wow! You made that?”

2. Cocoon Coat By Sew Over It

Sew Over It Cocoon Coat

The Pattern Review

When I first saw the Cocoon Coat Pattern from Sew Over It London, I was smitten. I had to have it. Finally after a long struggle, I was able to get the pattern and make the coat. This is also made with a yummy wool fabric. I have had this coat in my wardrobe for several years and I still reach for it often.

You can read my Cocoon Coat Pattern Review to get all the details. It is a well drafted pattern with a full lining and welt pockets.

The Class

I don’t have a class for this coat yet, but I am considering making a second one and will update this space as soon as the sew along drops.

3. Retro Swing Coat By Butterick Patterns

Butterick Sewing Patterns 5716

The Pattern

This retro swing coat by Butterick is one of my favorite jacket patterns. I have made this one several times and the vintage pattern may be difficult to find. However, any swing style coat would work and tend to maintain their fashionable style year to year.

This jacket is made with dressmaker vinyl and is an adorable raincoat. Not for pouring down storms, for more fashionable rainwear.

You can read my Butterick 5716 Pattern Review for a few tips and tricks working with vinyl. The fabric comes from one of my most favorite shops – B&J Fabrics in NYC.

4. Vinyl Rain Poncho — DIY Pattern

Sew a rain poncho

The Pattern

My second vinyl raincoat offering is a poncho. This will protect you in a good steady rain. There is no pattern for this functional little gem made with Minerva fabric.

I walk you through creating your own pattern pieces to make this fun DIY project. Check out How To Sew A Rain Poncho to take you from fabric rectangle to wearable outerwear.

5. Wool Wrap Cape — DIY Pattern

Sew A Wool Cape

The Pattern

This is another DIY pattern that even a beginner sewists can navigate with great success. It is basically a long piece of gorgeous fabric with a slit. The only sewing required is to finish the edges.

Again, I have had this wrap in my wardrobe for many years. It is such an important part of my spring/fall wardrobe; perfect when the weather is chilly but not cold. Check out my post on How To Sew A Wool Cape for inspiration.

The Class

I did make a brief video on how to determine the measurements and cut your cape. I hope you give this one a try — it is always a big hit with my students.

The Video

You can watch my 5 Coats You Can Sew video for a more visual inspiration.

Sewing Coats With And Without A Sewing Pattern

There are a number of great reasons to tackle sewing a coat. It is a piece that will live in your wardrobe for several years. It will save you an amazing amount of money — coats are super expensive. Whether you make a classic coat or a trendy look, tackling coat making is suitable for every level of sewist.

The first garment I ever made was a wool coat, and I was only twelve years old.

So, pick out some gorgeous wool fabric and make one of these coat patterns your next sewing project. I hope my 5 coats you can sew this winter will inspire you. With the right techniques, you can create a varied and fashionable winter outerwear wardrobe. Why not make two coats this winter!

Happy Sewing,




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