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Pattern Favourites: Beginner Coats

It’s getting colder and colder and all we want to do is wrap ourself in a warm winter coat. Have you ever made your own coat? It can seem daunting at first, but we promise, when you choose the right pattern and the right fabric, a coat is super fun to make. We have gathered 10 patterns that are perfect for beginners, so we hope we can inspire you to bite the bullet and start making your own coat!

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Pattern: Simplicity 8811.

A great way to ease yourself into coat making is to start with a coatigan. It’s a mix between a cardigan and a coat and it’s usually an easy make. One of our favourites is the Simplicity 8811 coatigan. The patch pockets are nice and big, and the pattern also includes an infinity scarf and a headband.

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Pattern: Butterick 6244.

Butterick 6244 is an unlined coat with a beautiful waterfall collar. You’ll use flat-fell seams to finish the inside – just note that the wrong side of the fabric will be showing.

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Pattern: Vogue 8930.

Is it a blanket? Is it a coat? Is it both? Vogue 8930 takes the cozy coat to a whole new level! This very loose-fitting wrap jacket has an oversized front that extends into a collar. You can wear the collar down or wrap it around your head to create a super cozy hood.

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Pattern: Simplicity 9015.

Another unlined wrap coat with a big collar, but this one is more fitted and it includes a belt to cinch it in at the waist. The pattern includes two different lengths and the coat closes with a single button or toggle.

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Pattern: Simplicity 8049.

Thinking of usnig faux fur, or teddy bear fabric? Simplicity 8049 would be perfect! The pattern includes a bolero, and a waist or mid-hip length jacket with long sleeves.

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Pattern: New Look 6639.

For those of you that have never sewn sleeves before, raglan sleeves are a little bit different than normal sleeves and are easier to sew than set in sleeves. New Look 6639 might be a good start for you with snap closures and raglan sleeves. The pattern includes a round neck or scarf-neck option and patch pockets.

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Pattern: Simplicity 8797.

With its classic lapels and easy fit, this cozy lined coat has the look of a perfectly oversized coat. The pattern includes four different lengths and features a one button closure.

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Pattern: McCall’s 6209.

Do you want to sew outerwear, but is sewing a coat not for you (yet)? A poncho is a fantastic option to sew something warm and cozy, and practise those coat making skills. McCall’s 6209 includes 5 fabulous options that are easy to make – and wear!

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Pattern: McCall’s 8029.

A cape is another garment that is great to get started with when you want to start with coat making. This unlined wrap cape with belt has a shawl collar or a self lined hood. It will be easy and quick to sew as all edges are unfinished and edgestitched.

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Pattern: Vogue 9133.

This unlined coat is loose fitting, but slightly more fitted at the shoulders. Other features are the collar and lapel, the one button front closure, and the big patch pockets.

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