Closet Case Patterns, Sewalongs


Curious about what the Clare Coat looks like on a variety of bodies besides mine? After a few requests I thought I’d share a few versions made by some of my pattern testers. I was quite happy overall with the fit on everyone; raglan sleeves can be pretty forgiving (but don’t worry, I’ll be covering how to make modifications if you have broad or narrow shoulders). I made quite a few tweaks after testing, including changing the grading on the sleeves so they are a little slimmer on the upper sizes, and modifying the collar on View A to stand up a little more, but this should give you a rough idea of Clare out in the wild.

I forgot to mention it before, but the two-piece raglan sleeve also has an elbow dart; you can see the lovely shape it gives to the sleeve in Camelia’s version below.

There was some excitement about the potential for a View A/B hybrid. Rebecca attempted this during testing and I have to admit, I’m in love. I got so excited when I saw this for the first time.

I’ll be explaining how to do this during the sewalong if you’d like to make your own frankenClare!

  • Elaine

    Ohhhhh! Exciting! I had originally been a bit on the fence but I have been watching these pictures in blog land. The fact that Michelle was able to get away with no FBA ( although she will likely do one for the next one) has pushed me over the edge and I just purchased mine and hopefully it will arrive next week.

    My vision……..the hybrid version. Teal wool Melton in my stash. Dark brown fake fur inner collar! I even think I have the teal zipper!

  • Carly

    Not sure if you know the answer, but if I wanted to do the sleeves&collar in a contrast color, how much fabric do you need for the body vs. sleeves and collar?

  • Zippers found! Pac Trims has dyeable Riri zips in custom lengths (for those of us who are challenged in that manner)

  • All of these rule!!!

  • Nikki

    Very impressive! I love seeing the different variations!

  • Kat

    I love seeing the variations and everyone’s creativity. I have been in search of a coat pattern for a while and wasn’t sure if Clare was it but I think this helps confirm it…

  • Beccamadethat

    Just saw this post! Thanks for sharing my version 😀 I’ll be posting about it soon on my blog 😀

  • These all look awesome! Thanks for sharing them – I love seeing how patterns look on different shapes and sizes, but I also love seeing what other sewists choose fabric wise too.


    They all look gorgeous. Well done on the pattern, you’ve come up with a very good looking coat. I love the zipper version, it’s really different from what’s out there.

  • Ohhhhhhh I love them all!!!!!! Especially Camiloa and Lindsay’s version. Can’t wait to get started on one in the new year 🙂