- Shell: Wool fabric is easy to sew and keeps warmth. Fleece is also warm although not made from natural fibers like wool. Other alternatives for the shell are softshell, rainwear fabric, tweed and bouclé.
- Lining: If you choose a lightweight, shiny fabric like satin it will be easy to put the coat on and off. It’s common to use such fabrics for lining, especially for the sleeves. You can also choose jersey linings, polyester or cotton poplin. For a more sporty coat you can line with mesh fabric. Warmer linings such as fleece, teddy or quilted fabrics are also great - but then you should use a lighter fabric for the shell. If you’re unsure about what fabric to use for the lining, many fabric stores have a specific category for linings that you can check out.
This is an estimate for fabrics that haven’t been prewashed/preshrunk, with 150 cm (60”) width. If your fabric will shrink in the wash, add extra. (We recommend to wash the fabric before sewing). If you have patterned fabric and want to pattern match you also need to add extra. If you’re buying new fabrics for your project, we recommend that you add 20-30 cm (8-12”) just in case.
The facings, pockets and one collar are included in the fabric estimation for the shell fabric.
Fusible interfacing: No stretch, to stabilise the buttonholes. If you’re sewing the collar or the patch pockets with a flap you will also need interfacing to stabilise them.
Buttons. Approximately 4-8 buttons. Size 20-30 mm (3/4” - 1 1/4”).
Snap buttons. Approximately 5 pairs, and tools to attach them. Only needed for removable hood.
Useful tools: Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat, pins or clips, textile glue.
Sewing machine with a needle appropriate for your fabric.