The Clare Coat from Closet Core Files (formerly Closet Case) 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!
“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.”
This pattern comes in sizes 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.
Pros & Cons
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.
For the fabric, Bonnie used a fabulous stretch denim appliqué. It has a fairly wide plain border, which was used for the bottom and the cuffs.
Alterations and Design Changes
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!