Having made some coats myself and discovering a geeky love for tailoring, I wanted to pull together some past posts with information that you may find helpful for jumping into the world of coat sewing. At first, I was overwhelmed with trying to compile information on making coats, since the majority of what’s out their is geared towards traditional suit tailoring. Plus, a lot of the times patterns won’t tell you how to go about tailoring your coat to achieve a nice, professional look. Tailoring = hidden engineering.
Gathering the Coat Supplies – these are all of the materials I used for my Yona Coat, pictured above.
Tailoring the Coat – this is a pretty lengthy post on how I went about tailoring my coat, from pad-stitching the lapel and taping the roll line all the way to creating special sleeve stays for the raglan sleeves and interlining my coat with flannel.
The Finished Coat – I learned some more as I made my way to the end of the coat and documented some of the changes in this post, such as choosing a different lining material.
If you’re not sure where to look for coating materials or supplies to make your coat, here are some great places to start:
Mood Fabrics – kind of a no-brainer. They have a whole section devoted to coat fabrics
Britex – gorgeous wools, more on the pricey side but so beautiful (I pine for their fabrics)
B&J Fabrics – if you call them, they can send you swatches of Sunback Lining, one of the few places I found that carries this type of lining
Vogue Fabrics – they stock Thinsulate…I need to try this out in my next coat! They also have flannel-backed lining fabric
Steinlauf and Stoller – I bought all of my interfacing from them when I was in NYC, but you can call them and order what you need over the phone