the #wardrobebuilder project - Coats and Jackets

the #wardrobebuilder project - Coats and Jackets

This one is definitely more challenging than some of the other #wardrobebuilder themes, but I'm looking forward to getting stuck into a larger project. There are some amazing coat and jacket patterns out there just itching to add themselves to our handmade wardrobes! I have a feeling that taking on a coat project has the potential to feel like going down the rabbit hole in terms of fabrics, notions and new techniques....let's see!

Coat patterns I'd love to add to my wardrobe

I love the military look of the Pauline Alice Quart Coat. It has a smart silhouette, and a few features like pleats and epaulettes that will add interest to the make.
For a classic Chanel style cropped jacket, there's a couple of patterns I think could fit the bill - the Sew Over It Coco has recently been released on pdf, and Seamwork also have released the Liliana which subscribers can spend their credits on.
I love Closet Case patterns, and their Kelly Anorak really is a project to get stuck into. There's a tutorial on the blog and some fabric suppliers also sell hardware kits for all the notions that you need. I love Red W Sews' version complete with raincloud lining!
The Deer and Doe Luzerne trench has been at the top of my covet list for some time. A classic trench is just the thing for autumn and spring.
The Burda 6736 looks like a simpler pattern for a first coat undertaking! It isn't fitted and I think could be left without fastenings if you really wanted.

the #wardrobebuilder project - Coats and Jackets

Fabrics I'm loving for this project

Unfortunately this isn't going to be a cheap project. Coats and Jackets need a fair amount of fabric, and outerwear fabrics are a little more expensive.

Boiled wool - this feels like a good option for a coat. It's warm and has an added bonus of not fraying which saves time on finishing seams.
Boucle wool - it really does feel like the only option if I'm going to make a Chanel style cropped jacket! (Fabworks are definitely worth a look for this)
Linings - I really feel that choosing lining fabric is a secret perk of sewing your own clothes. There are some beautiful patterns around and really you can use any lightweight fabric you like.

Add your makes to the link up!

Please share any coats or jackets you have made to inspire the rest of us....if you have written a tutorial or tips that will be helpful too. They may also appear in Sew Now Magazine next month!


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