Clare Coat Pattern
The Clare Coat is a chic cool-weather staple. Featuring raglan sleeves and an unstructured A-line silhouette, Clare is a great introduction to the joys of coat making.
View A hits at mid-thigh, with a face-framing collar, princess seams, an exposed asymmetrical zipper and welt pockets. View B has a more minimalist vibe; a dramatic funnel collar, double-breasted, ends at the hip with inseam pockets and full-length sleeves.
Pattern Difficulty: AdvancedLearn more about how we rank pattern difficulty
- Body: Medium to heavyweight coating fabrics (ie: melton, felt, tweed and boiled wool). Bottomweight fabrics like denim, twill and canvas are also suitable for a lightweight spring or fall jacket.
- Lining: Silk, rayon bemberg, flannel backed satin (aka kasha).
- Interfacing: fusible weft interfacing. View A also requires 1/4yd (.25m) of horsehair canvas, sturdy muslin, or a heavier-weight interfacing to stabilize the collar.
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 45inch / 1.14 m wide
FABRIC ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 3 yd (2.75 m), Sizes 10-14 = 3.75 yd (3.5 m), Sizes 16-20 = 4 yd (3.75 m)
LINING ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 10-20 = 2.5 yd (2.25 m)
INTERFACING ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-20 = 4.5 yd (4.1 m)
Yardage (sizes 0-20) - 58inch / 1.5 m wide
FABRIC ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 2.25 yd (2 m), Sizes 10-14 = 2.75 yd (2.5 m), Sizes 16-20 = 3 yd (2.75 m)
LINING ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-20 = 2 yd (1.85 m)
INTERFACING ALL VIEWS ~ Sizes 0-8 = 1.75 yd (1.6 m), Sizes 10-20 = 2 yd (1.85 m)
- Tailor's ham for pressing
- Press cloth
- 2.5 yards (2.25m) 1/4" (6mm) stay tape for stabilizing armholes and collar
- Marking tool
- Separating coat zipper for View A (sizes 0-8 = 30" long
- sizes 10-14 = 31" long
- sizes 16-20 = 32" long) **You can also use a longer zipper and trim it down.
- 6 buttons or sew-in snap closures for View B
- Tailor's clap (optional)
PDF File Details
|Sizes 0-20||Sizes 14-32|
|Letter / A4||42 pages|
|Copyshop / A0||3 pages|
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From the Closet Core Community
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You must take the time to do all the interfacing well, thereafter that the coat goes together quickly. Two women in our class had to lengthen the sleeve so if you are Talleyrand/or longer limbs check sleeve length. I am short so not a problem for me. Love love this pattern and will make again. Highly recommended
I chose view B. I made mine from a bull denim, a needle punched cotton batting fusible and the lining is a smooth warm medium weight poly blend. This coat and the fabrics I chose have served me well. I omitted the collar button because I still trust my scarves more than any collar. It’s been 30 degrees or lower here in NY and I don’t feel any of it. The silhouette plays down well for denim although this pattern in not that level of casual. You get double sleeve pieces, cuff pieces etc that go with both views and I had to add 3/4 for my bicep which was easy because of the sleeve type. This coat came together easily and can be versatile depending on the fabric.
I've made jackets in the past and now I'm making my first winter coat - super exciting! I selected the Clare pattern for its stylish design and easy sewing construction. The pattern comes with clear instructions and detailed drawings. I'm adding Thinsulate to my coat to keep me warm during chilly Canadian winters. If you're looking for a beautiful coat design, choose the Clare coat pattern. Highly recommended!
First time making a coat and I loved every minute of it! Very clear instructions and lots of options to personalise to suit your style. Comes together quite quickly although I wasn’t rushing. I used a cashmere wool blend and a clapper to make crisp seams. Will probably make this pattern again and will do a broad back adjustment and possibly a bicep adjustment as the tops of my sleeves are a little tight. These are normal modifications for me. Was too lazy to toile but I got away with this time!
Highly recommend this pattern.
What a beautiful, beautiful pattern! It makes a gorgeous 60s-vibe coat that fits comfortably and flexibly, with a stylish silhouette and room to layer (or be pregnant) underneath. I have lost count of the compliments.
I used a PDF version of this pattern - 70 pages! - although the pattern actually came together very well and faster than I imagined. Following an Instagram trawl, I made my version 10cm longer in length to give more winter coverage, and I also made the pocket bags a bit deeper. As usual, the tutorials online were really helpful BUT I missed the instruction for the back pleat in the lining which meant I had a nightmare time trying to sew coat and lining together and it wasn’t until I got to the ‘centre hanging loop over back pleat’ that I realised the error of my ways. The sleeve pleats were marked as ‘pleat’ on the pattern but the back pleat simply had notches - having ‘pleat’ on the pattern would have been helpful. I used magnetic bag fasteners as I had no press studs and the country was in full lockdown, but these work well and I like the uncluttered front finish. I would echo the comments below about checking sleeve length - mine are just long enough.
Loving my snuggly coat now it’s finished!