I Made A Winter Moleskin Clare Coat!

Hey everyone - I am so excited to show you my new Clare Coat - View A (by Closet Case Files) today! I was very flattered to be approached by Hawes and Freer to make something from their one of their beautiful fabrics - to celebrate the launch of their new website. Here's what I came up with... 

 

I chose some soft camel lightweight moleskin and some stunning raspberry lining to go with it.. they were also kind enough to send me the fusible interfacing and a 32" separating coat zipper! (which they don't currently have on their website - but if you ask they might be able to find what you need!)  Head on over to have a look if you fancy coat making too! :) 

Hawes and Freer Package of Moleskin and Clare Coat Pattern by Close Case Patterns

They quickly arrived beautifully packed with a hand written note. Thank you!!! 

Hawes and Freer Package of Moleskin

To be honest - coat making has been the most complex project that I have attempted so far, and the first time that I have ever made anything that has been lined! So it was a little daunting - but since making my Ginger Jeans (in the pictures below also) I knew that Closet Case Patterns had some pretty great instructions and amazing sew-along's if I got stuck! 

I spent a couple of weekday evenings cutting and fusing to prep. There are A LOT of pieces to this pattern! Fabric, fusible interfacing, thicker interfacing (for the collar) AND lining to cut. But once you make the first move to start sewing - it comes together really quickly and all the pieces start disappearing into the coat :) It took just one weekend to sew from start to finish. 

I initially cut a size 16 according to waist and hip measurements and graded down to a 14 for the bust. But the size 16 ended up being far too roomy for my liking, so I brought in the seams accordingly and I was much happier with the fit. Next time I'd definitely opt for a 14 or even a 12/14 perhaps. I also cut full sleeves to start with and then cut them down to a 3/4 sleeve later on - and I'm really happy with how they turned out! 

I LOVE this coat! See below for photo fest. 

Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer
Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer
Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer

How beautiful is that lining? so magical to wear bright colours on a wintery day! 

Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer
Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer
Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer
Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer

As per the illustration on the pattern cover, I decided the coat would not be complete without a leather tassel... so i bought some leather, hand dyed it with tea to colour match the coat - and then made it up! So happy with how it turned out. 

Winter Moleskin Clare Coat Closet Case Patterns Hawes and Freer

The moleskin and lining were a dream to sew with, no problems at all.. and I didn't have to use a walking foot or heavy duty needle like I thought I might need. Pretty darn happy with this coat making adventure - I would do it again! 

Happy winter sewing everyone... would love to see your coat versions if you have been making them too.. leave me a link to visit! :) 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Planner

Hey guys -  following on from the Salt&Stitch Winter Wardrobe Series, I have created a FREE Winter Wardrobe Planner to help you with your sewing plans this winter! 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

This simple little planner folds up neatly into a tiny booklet that you can fit into your purse or bag and take with you just in case you should pop into a fabric store - and you'll know exactly what you need + how much for each pattern you'd like to make!

It also includes a handy little section with information about our favourite winter sewing fabrics - which might lend a hand when it comes to choosing...

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FIRST download the free pdf from my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY and then check out the three part winter wardrobe blog series to help you get started.. 

  1. Choosing a Winter Colour Palette

  2. Choosing Winter Fabrics

  3. Choosing Winter Sewing Patterns

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

Printing your planner: 

The PDF is a two page A4 setout. Make sure that you print them double sided to get the cute little cover on the front! 

If you find that you need a little more space, or have a few complicated patterns coming up that have a lot of notions involved that you'll need to remember, simply print the planner at A3 and hit "fit to page" which will expand it nicely to give you more room. 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

Then get creating!

You can use water colours, markers, crayons, pencil or small swatches of fabric to put together a colour palette - taking inspiration from things that you LOVE - pattern companies, sewists + makers, fashion labels, magazines, nature.. anything! 

Its so handy to have with you so when you are out and about you can check if certain colours will go with your grand winter sewing plans! 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

Then carry out a little wardrobe inventory - figure out what you might need more of or what is missing... and grab some inspiration - again from pattern makers, sewists + makers, magazines, people you see in the street - and find some patterns that match in! I've shown a few of my favourites here - check them out. 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

Then fill out the pattern section of your planner with types + amounts of fabrics, zips, buttons, interfacing, lining, threads and anything else you might need to complete each pattern. 

FOLD IT UP! 

If you've chosen to print double sided, there is a sweet little title block on the front - which - if your anything like me - will help you to find it amongst all of the other stuff in your bag easily!

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

Its perfectly purse sized, or you could store it in that side zip pocket of your favourite bag so that its always on hand if you should need it. Carry it with you just in case! 

FREE Winter Wardrobe Checklist

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Happy sewing everyone!