We don’t know about you, but those early mornings are starting to feel a bit fresh and at Fabrics Galore we are thinking about making a new coat or jacket for Autumn.
Don’t get us wrong, we know a coat can feel like a hugely ambitious make, but trust us, there are some patterns which are suited to a confident beginner and even some without linings. From bomber jackets and coatigans to scarf coats and big checks, whether your style is casual or smart, there really is a coat or jacket pattern for every dressmaker.
Think about a coat or jacket which you will wear on repeat, and you can’t go wrong. So, sit tight and discover our pick of the best coat and jacket patterns with some amazing fabrics to make them in.
A leather coat or suede jacket
This pattern ticks the box for this season’s leather trend and belted trench style – be big and bold with this one. Sewing with suede or PVC can seem daunting but it’s easy to cut out and pretty simple to sew. Top tips are to make sure you use a PVC needle (available at our fabric shop in London, Battersea) and to use a slightly longer stitch because of the thickness.
An Oversize Quilted Jacket
Vogue referenced the quilted shell coat at this autumn’s fashion shows and this pattern looks super comfy and cool at the same time.
The quilted jacket has been on sewers' radar for quite some time, whether it be the Megan Nielsen Hovea jacket or when they featured it on the Sewing Bee a few season ago. The Hovea jacket is perfect if you are looking at quilting it yourself, which gives you plenty of cotton options to choose from.
However if you are looking for something to make from a pre-quilted fabric, our “Timmy” fabrics are just what you need to make a sleek jacket.
A Scarf Coat
We identified scarf dressing as one of the key autumn trends in our blog Sewing the Autumn Fashion Trends and we are not afraid to include this pattern again – it’s so perfect!
If you make it in a large check, you hit two Autumn trends in one. Make it from one our wool fabrics and this will be super cosy. Our wools aren’t too thick, so you can easily line them to create an even cosier coat. Either our Placenza wool checks for an elegant take or go big, go bold or go home with a red and black check with a flash of pink, aptly called the Menace.
Wool Fabrics at Fabrics Galore
We love that the bomber jacket is still a trend this year and The Foldline also featured this pattern in their top jacket patterns.
Recommended fabrics are flexible but ideally use a medium non-stretch woven fabric like twill or even a lightweight fleece.
For high evening glamour you can’t go wrong with our cotton velveteen but for a more casual day wear our denim hickory stripes would also look fab.
A peacoat is a bit of a classic and can be smart or casual depending on the fabric you choose. This peacoat pattern from The Makers Atelier can be lined or unlined or finished with raw edges. They suggest medium weight coating fabrics like wool, tweed, velvet or corduroy, meaning you can create a lighter weight one for autumn or a heavier, cosier one for winter.
We are thinking it would look super smart in one of our herringbone wools or for a more casual look, what about one of our jumbo corduroy fabrics?
A Smart Blazer
May we once again refer you to our blog on Autumn fashion trends and the oh so smart Vikisews Fernanda Blazer. You just can’t go wrong with a good blazer; they are perfect for that in between season, before you need to slip on a big coat. They are also just as good for smartening up a casual outfit.
Or for something slightly more modern and unstructured, look at the Heather Blazer by The Friday Pattern Company, which is great for a beginner sewer, beautifully made up in one of our wool checks by @zoeandherstitches.
Subtle Animal Print Faux Fur Coat
We don’t think you can ever be more snuggly than in a furry coat and an animal print is always eye-catching and makes you feel dressed up, especially if thrown over jeans or black trousers. Try the Fibre Mood Roma Coat pattern in our subtle tiger stripe faux fur.
If you are nervous about sewing with Faux Fur for the first time, it might be a good time to read our Guide to Sewing with Faux Fur blog for all the handy hints and tips you need.
And if animal print isn’t your thing, the cocoon-like Vikisews Faith Coat would look simply amazing in one of our coating bouclés currently available in no less than 10 plain colours and 3 checks.
We thought we should finish with an easier make with serious wearability and this Thrifty Stitcher coatigan pattern ticks all the boxes. It can be made in wools or knits, and we just have to recommend our bouclé coating fabrics again. Even easier is the Jessie Coatigan pattern.
Discover the best coat fabrics online
If you have been inspired to make a coat or jacket, you will want to make sure you choose the right coat fabric. Our coat fabric collection is a good place to start but don’t forget our team is on hand to recommend the right fabric for any of your coat patterns.