Tutorial: Coat!


Hi everyone. Just in time for the weather getting ever so slightly cooler, you can make yourself a coat! As you can see, this is slightly different to the coat I posted in my last post, but it's just as easy to make. I haven't included pockets in this tutorial, but you can refer to my past tutorials to get an idea of how you might put pockets in, or maybe use this tutorial to make patch pockets. I also haven't added buttons to this coat (I don't have buttons that match right now) but the design is so simple you could easily add buttons and buttonholes yourself. ANYWAY, on to the tutorial.

What you need...

About 3m of medium - heavy weight fabric and 3m of lining fabric (depends on how long you want it to be), about .5m (maybe more) of another fabric for the collar if you want, about 1m of interfacing, sewing machine, pins, tape measure, seam ripper if you have one.

What you must do...

1. Cut out your pieces
When I say 'cut x 2', you must also cut x 2 of your lining fabric. The length of the diagrams is not the length I think the actual pieces should be! I have not measured the length as it is completely up to you and makes no difference to how the coat is put together. It might help to draw these pieces on paper beforehand (art paper / baking paper / butcher paper, whatever). This would enable you to get a better idea of the size of the pieces without cutting into your fabric first, just in case you make a mistake. If not, it doesn't matter, just be a little more careful, and remember that it's better to make things too big than too small.

When cutting your main fabric, include the shaded area. When cutting your lining fabric, stop at the yellow line (add a couple of cm for a seam allowance). Also, with seam allowance, cut two of the shaded part only out of both your main fabric and interfacing
From your shoulder to the bottom of the armhole. Don't make this too small! Mine was about 30cm
Plus seam allowance, from the collar to your shoulder. You could make this longer, depends on what you like. Mine was about 13cm
This depends on how wide you want your lapel to be. The whole piece should be wider if you want a double-breasted coat, 23cm
d = 14cm (top to bottom)


Cut one on the fold. For your lining fabric, the fold should be at the yellow line - the main fabric will have a pleat at the back but the lining will not!
Same length as the (B) above!
This is the neck. Mine was about 11.5cm.
About the same as (A) above.

It's really up to you, though, and also depends on how wide you cut your front piece. Keeping in mind the fact that it will look smaller when all sewn together, pin this piece to your front piece to see how it looks! If it's too big, trim it. If it's too small, you can always trim down the front pieces a little (:

must match the armholes, but it's an easy fix if you get it slightly off (as you will see when you sew the sleeves on)! Mine was about 30cm. Once again, how long / wide / tapered the sleeves are is totally up to you. 

2. Sew
Right sides together, sew the shoulders of the back piece (A above) to the shoulders of each front piece (B) above. Take the little piece you cut from the shaded bit above (front diagram) and sew it to the front piece you cut from the lining fabric, attaching interfacing to it in the process. You should end up with a lining piece to match the front piece made from the main fabric. Sew the front + back lining together in the same way.
Along the yellow line in the diagram for the back, right sides together, sew one line of stitching. Use the longest possible stitch on your sewing machine for this (or hand sew), but go over the top inch or so with a normal stitch.  You do not need to do this step to the lining fabric.

It's a little hard to see on my fabric, but opening up the back piece to lie flat, iron the fabric you've sewn. As you iron, keep making sure that the stitching is in the middle. About an inch from the top, stitch over the fold a  couple of times to reinforce the area where the pleat will end.
Unpick the long stitches! You should now have a pretty pleat.
Right sides together, sew the side edges of each sleeve piece together, and again with the lining fabric.

Turn the 'body' of the coat inside out, so the right sides of both the front and back pieces are together. Matching up the bottom of the armhole on both back and front pieces, sew from that point to the bottom of the coat, and repeat on the other side. Where both pieces have just been joined together, at the bottom of the armhole on one side, match this up with the seam (the bottom) on one sleeve. As always, right sides together! Sew from this point all around the sleeve / armhole, so they are joined together. Repeat with the other armhole / sleeve and do the same with the lining fabric. You should now have two coat-like things, one in your main fabric and one in your lining fabric.
Eeeeeven though I've divided one side of my collar into two, you don't need to do that. I mean, you can if you want but it's not necessary. It means you can secure your interfacing down the center if you want. Anyway, sew your interfacing to one of your collar pieces, either into the two underside pieces when you join them together, or basted around the edges.
Right sides together, sew both collar pieces together along the widest edge, then down the sides. Cut the corners and turn inside out.

Right side of the main fabric against the underside of the collar, sew together at the neck edge. Make sure the collar is perfectly in the middle.
Do the same with the lining fabric so the collar is now anchored between both sides. Unfortunately I didn't photograph this part but... turn the coat inside out so the wrong sides of the main fabric and lining are facing outwards, and sew along both outer edges (i.e. the edge where both sides of the front meet when you put the coat on... THE FRONT SIDE EDGES. I'm terrible at explaining things). Clip the corners and turn the coat the right way round again. Iron (+ maybe stitch over the top if you feel you need to)! The only exposed edges now should be the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of the coat.
Get a hold of the sleeves and match up the seams on both the lining and main fabric. With the right sides together, sew the lining and main fabric together at the end of the sleeve. When you turn it the right way again, you should have something like the above picture!
Your lining should be shorter than your main fabric so... trim it a bit if necessary. All you really need to do now is hem both the lining and main fabric. You could, if you wanted, turn the whole thing inside out and actually sew the lining to the main fabric at the bottom (leaving a little gap to turn it out the right way again and hand sew closed), but I'm not going to do that.

So... now the outfit I wore with it hoho. As you can see, I actually ended up adding pockets. I did this the day afterwards and didn't photograph it - I'm sorry!

Bye everyone!


  1. This looks like the perfect project for me, thanks doll!

  2. i absolutely love your tutorials!
    new follower from Malaysia~ ^^v


  3. amazing, ur so talented!! <3 it looks perfect, congratulations!
    i'll follow ur blog, love it!


  4. Your blog is absolutely lovely! Glad I came across it :)

  5. just found your blog and i love it, what an awesome coat, love that you made it as well so creative.

  6. I saw your style post on lookbook.nu and saw that you had made this coat, it's gorgeous! Really love your blog, definitely going to keep up with your posts :) oh I also study in Brighton btw!


  7. ahh, I am going to sound like a total wierdo fan girl right now but I don't care...
    I only just discovered your blog but I just spent the last hour reading all your posts and saving your outfit photos. (ok, yeah I know this is really weird.) and yeah, I really like your style, and your tutorials are inspiring me to do some sewing.
    so yeah, gonna go hype all your lookbook looks now.... ;)
    elle x

  8. i love your tuto !! amazing :) !!

  9. your ideas, designs... are amazing :)

  10. great! i love it!!! is beautiful =)

  11. This is awesome! I am definitely going to attempt making a coat!

    Xo Chloe.

  12. That's a great, lovely tutorial!


  13. Hi Kate !
    I was wondering if I could have your mail address so I can ask you a few questions about your tutorials since I'm an absolute beginner and French ... Not always easy to understand what you're saying !
    If you agree, answer me at evab2@hotmail.fr !

    Thank you anyway !! XX

  14. Hello, I've just come here from lookbook. Very nice tuttorial, maybe we can share some informations about sewing :)

    I am an Italian fashion designer and dress maker, come and see my works:


  15. Hello, I love your blog and even my I-hate-blogs-friend likes it. Your tutorials are amazing!
    I wondered wether you knew any other blogs or websites with such great sewing tutorials?


  16. what kind of fabric did you use? I want to make this coat, but I can't find the right fabric

  17. Thanks everyone!

    @Erica P: the link doesn't seem to be working for me!

    @Sophierga: I'm not sure! I KNOW I've seen some nice ones, so I will try to make a list or something soon. Thanks a lot!

    @Marta: I'm not sure what the fabric was exactly as it was given to me and I didn't think to do a burn test! As long as you have a medium to heavyweight fabric with no stretch, the tutorial should work fine (:

  18. This is incredible! You are so talented!! :) xx

  19. i love this/i love you/you have such a cute writing voice

  20. :D Great instructions and an amazing finished product.

  21. You really are amazing! I'm thinking about learning to sew, I keep putting it off but I really should! Love your blog.

  22. Just discover your blog, and loved this tutorial!

  23. AMAZING!! I need to try it now!


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