Well Readers, I’ve decided to sew a coat and I’d like your help! I’ve been wanting to make a coat for quite a while, in part because my currently used coat has been very well used and has seen better days. Below are some of the coat patterns that I am considering. At the end of this post, I have a link to a poll where I’d love to see what pattern you all prefer!
Patterns I already own:
I do think patterns that I already own should receive first consideration.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Petite Coat. Lined coats are close-fitted with flared shape in two lengths, have princess seams, side seam pockets, gathered sleeves, back belt with non-functioning buttons and collar variations. A, B stand-up collar. C: convertible collar. A: length is 3″ below mid-knee. B, C: length is 6″ above ankle.
What I like about this pattern: First off, I prefer View A, the shorter length version. I love the stand-up collar and the fuller skirt. I like that this coat is fully lined, has princess seams, and side seam pockets. This pattern also looks like it is within my realm of sewing skill. And as for time and patience required, it has 12 pattern pieces to cut out and sew, and has 49 total sets of instructions (see below, for comparison), so I think it would take an amount of time and patience that I can handle.
What I hesitate about this pattern: I don’t think I like the gathered sleeves and would probably change those out. This pattern also uses a lot of yardage – - for the smallest size, I’d need about 5 yards for my main fabric and 4 yards for the lining – - this is a hesitation in terms of how expensive it will be to buy the fabric.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Coat and Belt: Semi-fitted, partially interfaced, lined coat has collar, collar band, shoulder pads, yokes, and two-piece sleeves. Topstitching. A, B: Side Pockets. C: Seam detail, welt pockets, sleeve tabs, loops for tab and self belt.
What I like about this pattern: I love everything about this coat! It looks so stylish and functional. It also requires significantly less fabric than the first coat – for the smallest size, I would only need 2.5 yards of main fabric and 1.75 yards for the lining.
What I hesitate about this pattern: This pattern might be above my skill / patience level. In contrast to the above coat, this pattern has 25 pieces to cut out and sew, and 85 total sets of pattern instructions. I am also hesitant about it because I think this is more of a jacket, ideal for cool weather, not a COAT for the cold winter.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Jacket and Coat: Semi-fitted, lined jacket or coat have modified shawl collar, princess seams, side seam pockets.
What I like about this pattern: This coat is almost a hybrid of the above two. It is very similar to the first, except has a shawl collar rather than a stand-up collar and has a straight ‘skirt’ rather than a full ‘skirt’. As for time and patience required, it has 17 pattern pieces and 30 sets of pattern instructions. I’m not sure which collar I prefer – the stand up or the shawl – I like them both! As for the fabric yardage, this pattern calls for 2.5 yards for the main fabric and 1.75 for the lining.
What I hesitate about this pattern: My only hesitation about this pattern is that I’m not quite as drawn to the style of it as the first two, but I obviously like the style enough to have bought the pattern and include it in this list of coat patterns to sew.
This is a vintage pattern I picked up for 65 cents somewhere.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Front-Wrap Coat in Two Lengths. The lined short or long front-wrap coat with shawl collar has long set-in sleeves, cuffs, patch pockets, topstitching trim and tie belt slipped thru self fabric carriers. Coat may be made with fur fabric collar and cuffs.
What I like about this pattern: This pattern is quite a bit different than the others in that it’s a wrap-front and has patch pockets. The pattern pieces are uncut and, despite the wear on the pattern envelope, it appears that no one has ever removed its contents. It has 12 pieces to cut out and sew together, and about 22 sets of instructions (though, they aren’t numbered like the more modern patterns are).
What I hesitate about this pattern: I am hesitant that a vintage pattern will assume more sewing knowledge and skill than I possess, and perhaps require more advanced skills. Also, because of the wrap-front, this pattern seems to take quite a bit of fabric – - for the short coat, I’d need 4.5 yards for main fabric and 2.5 yards for the lining.
Patterns on my Wishlist:
Even though I do not own the below patterns, I have been admiring these for some time.
Pattern Description: The Minoru Jacket is a zip-front weekend jacket with a secret hood hidden inside the wide collar! If you prefer, skip the hood and let the dramatic collar be the focus. Flattering raglan sleeves are comfortable and easy-to-sew, and the elastic waistline creates a slim, curve-hugging silhouette. No need to choose between having a hood OR a cute collar. The hood is tucked away in the wide, roomy collar, ready for when you need it, but stays hidden when you don’t! The collar looks great done up or left open. The jacket is fully lined, with interior patch pockets to stash your cards and keys safely and out of sight. Practical and pretty! Sizes: 0-16 (all sizes are included in one pattern!) Skill Level: Intermediate
What I like about this pattern: This is a much different style than the other coats I’ve considered and I think this might be one of the more practical styles for me. I like that it has a hood and uses a zipper closure rather than buttons (hence, warm!). I like that it has raglan sleeves which I tend to find more comfortable than set-in sleeves. I also LOVE how it has a pocket to tuck the hood into the collar. I love that it has inside pockets, though I would probably also add side seam pockets. Style-wise, I’ve seen versions of this pattern that have truly blown me away (for example, I LOVE this one). With regards to fabric, it takes about 2.5 yards for the main fabric and 2.5 yards for the lining.
What I am hesitant about this pattern: The skill level is listed as intermediate and I still consider myself an advanced beginner. I’ve made several of Tasia’s patterns and I know that they tend to fit my body well (this should be in the PRO paragraph above) but I do have a tendency to be pretty dumb about pattern instructions that have fiddly bits and this pattern looks like it might have fiddly bits. As for time and patience, I don’t know how many pattern pieces this has, but I suspect that it might be comparable to the Vogue pattern above.
Pattern Description: Fitted jacket/coat features faux double breasted design with a deep collar. The empire waist provides a flattering cut and front and back pleats add a charming touch. Fat quarter version of the jacket is optional.
What I like about this pattern: I love the style of this coat! It takes 3.5 yards of main fabric and 3.25 of lining fabric. I’m not sure how many pattern pieces or sets of instructions this has, but it looks similar to the above Butterick patterns in terms of time and patience required.
What I hesitate about this pattern: I’ve never sewn any patterns from this designer. I’ve sewn Butterick, Simplicity, Vogue, and Sewaholic patterns before and I know how they fit and how the pattern instructions tend to run. With this pattern, those things would be a mystery.
Below, I’ve embedded a survey and I’d love to get your feedback about which of these coats you think I should sew. If you don’t like any, I’ve added a space to recommend a coat pattern. The survey may also be found here, in case it’s not showing for you below.