Selecting Your Pattern and Fabric for your Coat!

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Simplicity 1759 made in Classic Camel Hair - Erica Bunker | The Amazing Coat Sew-Along
Simplicity 1759 made in Classic Camel Hair

When I start to think about what pattern I want to use to make a coat, I first think of the need it will fill in my wardrobe.  Will this coat be a necessity?  Will this coat be a classic coat that I plan on wearing for many years to come?  Or will this be a trendy coat in a fun color or print?  Also, other variables I must take into consideration?  When will I wear it?  And does it really meet the standards of my lifestyle and climate?

McCall's 5766 - A Printed Coat

Take for example, if I had to take public transporation, my first coat probably wouldn't be a white cashmere full-length coat.  Or if I lived in Florida, I'd probably focus on a lighterweight coat.  I like for my coats to make sense.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - My coat inspiration on Pinterest

I like to start thinking about my coat by looking at inspiration pictures on blogs, magazines and I collect them all on my Pinterest board dedicated to outerwear.
Vogue 8696 - The Trendy Cocoon Blanket Style Coat - Erica Bunker | The Amazing Coat Sew-Along
Vogue 8696 - The Trendy Cocoon Blanket Style Coat

I also love to do research on the higher-end retailing sites like Net-a-Porter.com.  You can get an up close look at the fabric and it tells you the content of the garment.  I also like to browse in stores.  I try on... exam the coat inside and out and take pictures of the details.  And notice how the fabrics feel against your skin.
Vogue 8548 - A Bold Colored Coat

When I choose fabric for a coat, I always pick the highest quality coating that fits within my budget.  That doesn't mean the most expensive... sales and coupons are always smart.  High-quality fabrics are easier to handle and make tailoring a coat pleasurable.  

We'll discuss fabric types, linings and supplies next...

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2 comments

  1. Hi Erica,
    I plan on interlining and lining the coat I make for my Mom. I'd like to use a "winter lining", ie a satin backed with some sort of pile. I'm not sure if it's made any more. Do you have any suggestions for sourcing this type of lining?
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Diane,
      Try getting a swatch of "kasha" lining - it may be what you are after. It's available from Vogue Fabrics and a few other places.

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