10 Coats to sew this winter

April 30, 2024
10 Coats to sew this winter
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As the chill of winter approaches, there's no better project than sewing your own coat. Not only is it an immensely rewarding experience, but it also offers the chance to create a bespoke piece tailored just for you, at a fraction of the cost of buying off the rack.

In this blog post, we share 10 sewing patterns for coats that we love, each with its unique style and details. Some are perfect if you live in a cool climate, others are great if you live somewhere where it doesn't get too cold, but you need something to wrap yourself in on a cool evening.

We’ve also paired each pattern with suitable fabrics available on our website, helping you get started in no time.

So let's dive in and find your next sewing project:

1. The Classic Coat by The Makers Atelier

The classic coat by The Makers Atelier

This timeless design is all about elegance and simplicity. This coat is just as the name implies: a classic coat with options for breast, welt and patch pockets.

Fabric suggestion: Wool Coatings

2. Goldstream Peacoat by Thread Theory

Goldstream Peacoat

This coat is perfect for those new to menswear tailoring, as the detailed instructions help you achieve a beautifully finished coat, even if the idea of sewing outerwear seems a bit daunting. This design features a sleek double breast that looks sharp whether buttoned up or left open.

Add cool features like epaulettes, lined patch pockets, pocket flaps, an interior patch pocket, a removable hood (using buttons), and sleeve tabs—or keep it simple without them.

Fitting is straightforward with options like a slimming front dart and a centre back seam, and with just a few body panels, it’s simpler to sew than you might think, and it's fully lined!

Fabric suggestion: Wool Coatings

3. Darcy Coat by The Modern Sewing Co.

The Darcy Coat is an elegant and comfortable coat designed to work with your body, not against it. It is a layer that can be slipped on over your thickest jumper and still drape beautifully while giving you total freedom of movement.

Fit-wise this coat is very oversized and roomy, volume has been added to the pattern through a dropped shoulder, deep armholes, wide sleeves and a wide main body.

Fabric suggestion: Wool Coatings

4. Sports Coat by The Makers Atelier

Inspired by the activewear trend, this coat blends functionality with chic design. Its clean, sporty lines make it perfect for more casual looks. Options include a bomber-style collar and gathered cuffs.

Fabric suggestion: Brushed Sweater Knit with matching Ribbing

5. Alston Reversible Jacket by Sew To Grow

This oversized jacket with raglan sleeves and a dramatic cascading collar is perfect for layering over your winter woollies. Make as a Reversible Jacket in linen or vintage broadcloth for a substantial layering piece, or go with a single layer boiled wool for a truly classic Jacket.

Our fabric pick: Boiled Wool

6. Sienna Maker Jacket by Closet Core Patterns

The Sienna Maker Jacket is functional yet flattering. Originally designed for hard-wearing use by makers and artists, it also functions as stylish outerwear.

Our Heavy Cotton Drill is perfect for this jacket, but we think it would also make the coolest winter coat in a Wool Coating.

7. Ilford Jacket by Friday Pattern Company

Casual and cool, the Ilford Jacket is perfect for layering over winter outfits. Its relaxed fit allows for creative customisation with patches, pockets, and buttons. Opt for Wool Coating or Heavy Cotton Drill for a laid-back look.

8. Shawl Collar Coat by The Makers Atelier

This is a beautiful coat for less experienced dressmakers to try. This stylishly fluid coat is deceptively easy to make. It's unlined, raw-edged and can be fastened with just a snap fastener.

Instructions are also given for finished edges if raw edges aren't your thing.

We particularly love this colour blocked example.

Fabric suggestion: Wool Coatings

9. The Strand Coat by Merchant & Mills

The Strand Coat offers a sleek, unlined design perfect for making a statement in the city. Its unique construction brings the side seams to the forefront, incorporating a stylish side pocket. Additionally, it features an in-seam pocket at the waist for added functionality. The set-in sleeves are refined with elbow darts, and the coat secures elegantly at the front with five 1.8cm inseam hooks and eyes, providing a seamless finish.

Fabric suggestion: Wool Coatings

10. Kaia Coatigan by Sew To Grow

The Kaia Coatigan merges the polished look of a classic blazer with the snug comfort of your go-to cardigan. Ideal for everything from office wear to quick grocery runs, this versatile coatigan features a stylish faux collar and practical pockets, fastened with two buttons. It's the perfect piece to effortlessly transition through the seasons with both warmth and style.
The Kai Coatigan can be made out of a range of fabrics: Wool Coatings, Boiled wool, Brushed Sweater Knits, or a Ponte.
I hope you like this list!
Each pattern is your ticket to creating a stunning, custom coat that's all you. So pick your favourite pattern, grab the perfect fabric, and let's make some wardrobe magic happen!
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