Gathering The Supplies [Coat Project 2015]

Yona coat supplies

There’s a snow storm heading up the east coast this weekend, and staying inside to sew a coat while it snows sounds like the perfect way to spend my day tomorrow!  I think I’ve finally gathered all of the supplies I need for my Yona coat:


Wool cashmere – obviously what the coat is going to be made out of!  I think this will be warm enough, it’s a little lighter weight than a regular wool fabric, but after doing some research, I learned that cashmere is one of the warmest animal fibers.  Plus, I did the “wind” test: I held up the fabric near my face, blew on it, and couldn’t feel any air pass through the fibers.

Rayon coat lining – originally I bought a coordinating rayon lining for the coat, but since it’s pretty lightweight and I want to be able to wear this during the winter, I thought it would be prudent to upgrade to this hefty lining fabric.

Diaper flannel – yes, this is what people use to make cloth diapers!  But seriously, this stuff is nicer than regular ol’ cotton flannel – it’s a little thicker and much more plush.  I’m using this to interline the coat for extra warmth.


Hair canvas – I bought lightweight and heavyweight hair canvas for this project, since I wasn’t sure what I’ll need, but I think I’m going to go with the lightweight hair canvas for tailoring the coat front, lapels, collar, and interfacing for the sleeve and body hems.  Part of me wants to padstitch/custom tailor the coat front, the other part of me wants to machine tailor…

Sew-in interfacing – the cashmere fabric is sooooo nice, and I’d hate to ruin it with a fusible interfacing that doesn’t really stick.  So, I’m going to safe route and using sew-in interfacing for shoulder stays, back stay, facings, and maybe interfacing the front of the coat instead of the hair canvas.


Coat snaps – for keeping the front of the coat closed and the cold air out!

Buckle kit – I thought it might be cute to make a belt with a buckle to tie around my waist instead of just a sash of fabric.

Poly and silk thread – the poly thread is for sewing the whole coat, the silk thread is for any hand-basting I need to do.  Nothing like silk thread for hand-basting, it glides through fabric like buttah.

Thread conditioner – I’ve had this stuff kicking around since my jewelry-making days.  It’s great for strengthening your thread and keep it from getting tangled, and necessary for hand tailoring.

I think that’s everything!  My Friday night now looks like I’ll be watching some episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix while I slowly cut out all of my coat layers…



  1. January 24, 2015 / 5:51 am

    I am looking forward to reading more about your coat making. One thing though: I wonder if you wouldn't mind detailing the cost of supplies and the approximate time you put into each process.

    • January 27, 2015 / 5:56 pm

      It really varies depending on what kind of materials/quality you select, there's plenty of good resources out there for researching how much materials cost, such as

  2. January 24, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    I'm excited to see this project take shape! And you're right – this huge storm is perfect for a full day of sewing. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. January 24, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    How fun! I know Jenny at Cashmerette recently made a cashmere coat and had some people give her good advice about interfacing it… apparently it needs some special treatment? Good luck with your project! You picked the perfect weekend to start cutting things out. The snow is great motivation to make a coat!

    • January 27, 2015 / 5:57 pm

      I know, she's the bomb – I poured over her coat posts before embarking on my project!

  4. January 25, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    I love that you planned this for a snowy weekend! Such a good idea. 🙂 Can't wait to see how it progresses!

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