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CLARE COAT SEWALONG PT 1 // STYLE INSPIRATION

Why make a coat? Well, if you live in a place that isn’t non-stop sunshine all winter long (I’m glaring at you California), a coat is something that you actually wear every single day. Why not spend the time to make one that is truly beautiful, one that makes you feel polished and put together even when you’re just throwing it on top of your pajamas to go pick up a liter of milk?

I love coats. Winters are long and brutal in my city, and the only thing that makes it somewhat bearable is reaching for something stylish and warm to brave the elements. I’ve rounded up some dreamy coat inspiration to get your own coat wheels turning; there are a lot of directions you can go in with coat fashion!

COLOUR TO BANISH THE WINTER BLUES

You know that day mid-January when everything is covered in grey (or yellow) snow, and every person you see is sludging around with looks of utter despair on their winter-weary faces? That day is cheered up 100% by a gorgeous coat in a pop of colour. People will actually smile at you from their black parka prisons, promise. While deep saturarated colours are always a big hit, consider too softer pastels like mint or lavender; either way you’ll stand out in a crowd.

CLASSIC NEUTRALS

I like it both ways. While a boldly coloured coat is cheerful and confidant, there is something immensely comforting about outerwear in go-with-everything shades of grey, white, camel and black. These colours are chic, polished and not a little French. This is an opportunity to feature luxurious materials, and why not try some tone on tone colour blocking? If you can find a fabric in a similar weight, try a contrasting raglan sleeve like the image top left.

BOLD PRINTS

Strong, graphic printed coats make a major statement. I love the classic vibe of an oversized tartan and the Kate Moss goodness of animal print. I am also daydreaming about making a Clare from a vintage wool blanket, Pendleton style!

So, what are you thinking for your own Clare? I’ve heard about some amazing ideas so far and can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!

  • Elaine

    I just checked my stash. I thought my teal fabric was Melton but it is quite a heavy duffle. Purchased years ago to make a duffle coat. I live in Saskatchewan. I think it should work. Comments on the suitability would be appreciated! Thx

    • It will totally work! Some of those thicker wools feel like they’d be too heavy, but they really soften up with steam. I made the Cascade duffle coat with a crazy thick felt last year and it would have been totally fine for this pattern too.

  • Hélène

    Love your inspiration board. I’m thinking about something like number 4 on the second board: a luxurious neural tone for the outside paired with a constrasting jewel or pastel tone for the inner part of the funnel collar and, of course, a fun bright print for the lining. Now I just have to shop for these fabrics, which accounts for 50% of the fun. In the meanwhile, I’ll trace my pattern and make a toile. *I totally agree with you about winter in Montréal. This season can be marvelous is you dress properly, otherwise, it is hell!

    • What an amazing plan! I am 100% on board! Try Tonitex. They have lots of Kasha. Globetex has some wool as well…. definitely the best prices in the city at those places.

  • What an amazing collection of coats – so much inspiration! I particularly like the soft grey one with the pink lining peaking out. It is very different from my usual black coats but would make a nice change I think. Can’t wait to see what everyone chooses for their Clares!

    • Isn’t it lovely! I think it might actually be a double faced wool. Would love to get my hands on some!

  • Honest Amanda

    I wasn’t planning on making Clare. In fact, I had nearly promised myself not to.

    But, somewhere between drinks Sunday and leaving Sultan’s Fine Fabrics Monday morning – well, I managed to pick up enough navy cashmere and a coordinating red kasha satin lining. So, I’m fully on board now;-)

    • Hahahaha it happens! And happy you found kasha – I’m so obsessed with it.

  • Ooo these are all lovely. I have some coating in my stash, so I’m just trying to figure out what exactly to do, and which version to make first. I’m excited!

    • Your enthusiasm is always so appreciated 😉

  • Not much need for a winter coat down here in sub Saharan Africa, but I still want to make one! It must have color. Bold gorgeous color! No better way to brighten up a cold dreary day.

    • Denim! It would make a good cool weather coat in something lighter weight!

  • I know I’m going to make View B, but haven’t decided on fabrics yet. I ordered a bunch of swatches from Mood and Emma One Sock–one houndstooth and several different navys, dark greens, and grays. Not sure which I’ll choose yet! And I DEFINITELY want to do the large snaps instead of buttons, because I loooove your camel-colored sample. Will you be sharing recommended sources for supplies like the snaps, interfacing, etc.?

    I also bought some of the navy & jade Double-Faced Wool Plaid Coating from Blackbird Fabrics, so I may use that for a Clare too (It would make a lovely view A, I think!…which I initially wasn’t into because I thought it was too chic for me, but now I’m like hmmm maybe I can pull off view A), but I also might do a Deer & Doe Pavot or Grainline Duffle Coat with that fabric.

    Anyway, I love how initially I was like, “meh, I don’t really need to make a coat”, and now I want to make like four.

    • They are the sewing equiavelent of crack, but the high lasts much longer 😉 My snaps were from Pacific Trimmings! I give the link in today’s post.

  • Christina

    What to choose…what to choose…help! I have four suitable fabrics in my stash: a purple/grey/black wool blend, a pink/grey/black/white wool blend, a teal/white blend, and a very dark teal wool. Next to the plaids, the teal wool looks soooo dull…yet I’m sure it would be the warmest of the four (important in our frigid winter!). I’m leaning toward the pink/grey/black/white or the teal/white plaids, but given their looser weave, are there options for the interfacing or lining that would help block the wind/add warmth? Thanks!

  • Christina

    What to choose…what to choose…help! I have four suitable fabrics in my stash: a purple/grey/black wool blend, a pink/grey/black/white wool blend, a teal/white blend, and a very dark teal wool. Next to the plaids, the teal wool looks soooo dull…yet I’m sure it would be the warmest of the four (important in our frigid winter!). I’m leaning toward the pink/grey/black/white or the teal/white plaids, but given their looser weave, are there options for the interfacing or lining that would help block the wind/add warmth? Thanks!
    (The first time I added this comment, the pics of my fabric were HUGE! Sorry about that. Trying again…)

    • These are all lovel! I love the teal plaid. I think if you interface the entire thing and add a thinsulate lining you’d be super cozy! I cover interlining in today’s post.