The Clare Coat from Closet Case Files is a great pattern that can be made up in a cozy wool, a lighter-weight twill for spring, or this mid-weight appliqué denim. It has beautiful structure and a flattering fit. It’s a great starter coat if you’ve never sewn one before!
Pattern: “Clare Coat” from Closet Case Files.
Pattern Description: “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.”
Pattern Sizing: 0-20. Bonnie made a size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? There are a lot of pattern pieces because it is lined, but the Clare Coat has a really nice design.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Pattern does not include finished garment measurements, which makes sizing somewhat difficult, but it does stat that it’s designed for a woman 5’6″ tall.
Fabric used: This fabulous stretch denim appliqué. It has a fairly wide plain border, which was used for the bottom and the cuffs.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Bonnie added 2″ to the length below the original pocket placement on the pattern pieces. She also did not fully interface the front or side panels, and narrowed the collar width by 1″ so it didn’t overwhelm her. She also changed the pattern layout to accommodate the appliqué design and the plain border.
Would you sew it again? Absolutely! It is a great coat pattern, and the fabric is easy wash-and-wear!