"Baby, it's cold outside"
It’s getting cold here in New England. The trees are nearly bare, the air is crisp, and holiday lights are strung all around—signs that winter is soon upon us. What better time to add a fashionable and cozy, warm coat to our wardrobes. Here is a selection of outerwear patterns—some are long, lined, and meant to keep you warm in the coldest locales and some are light and short for milder climates.
Pattern 1276, by Sandra Betzina, is a loose-fitting calf-length coat or hip-length vest. Both options are lined, have a hood, and close with an inside snap and self-fabric belt. Suggested fabrics include: boucle, wool crepe, and double knit.
Show off your creative abilities with Koos Van Den Akker’s newest pattern, number 1277. This reversible jacket uses seven different fabrics—six on one side for an artistic “Koos-style” collage and one fabric on the reverse side for a more simple, reserved look.
Pattern 5703 is an easy-to-sew loose fitting, lined jacket. The flared back extends lower than the front hem giving it a pretty drape. The simple style features a shawl collar and turned up cuffs. There are no closures, so if desired, consider adding a frog closure or coat hook and eye.
Pattern 6074 is a coat from the Workroom, Project Runway collection. This cocoon-style coat comes in two length choices and is lined. A wide range of fabrics are appropriate from denim to velvet to a variety of wools.
An Italian pattern company, Marfy offers an extensive collection of fashionable outerwear patterns. Choose from coats and jackets in almost any style from short and fitted to loose and long and nearly any combination in between. Their patterns are for the confident sewer as they do not include the instruction or layout information. You can buy the patterns directly from Marfy, or select patterns carried by McCall’s.
Are you making a coat or jacket for this winter season? What pattern are you using?