Dressmaking- Sew a Clare Coat

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Two week course- two consecutive Sundays.

The Clare Coat is a chic cool-weather staple which can also be made in denim or canvas for a more transitional style. Featuring raglan sleeves and an unstructured A-line silhouette, Clare is a great introduction to the joys of coat making.

View A is mid thigh length, with a face-framing collar, princess sleeves, exposed asymmetrical zipper and welt pockets.

View B has a more minimalist vibe; double breasted, it ends at the hip hip with inseam pockets, full length sleeves and a dramatic funnel collar.

This beautiful lined coat with interfacing is a more complex make so in order to make the most of your time in the studio we ask you to cut our your paper pattern at home. We will send you the pattern ahead of the class to do so. Please use the measurements chart attached to this listing to determine which size to cut. 

​During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Prepare your fabric
  • Construct a coat with a lining
  • Pressing and basic tailoring techniques
  • Optional bound buttonholes

What is included:

  • Use of all machines and equipment 
  • Expert tuition 
  • Tea and biscuits

What you need to bring:

FABRIC for the 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: cotton, Viscose, satin, anti static lin

INTERFACING: woven fusible interfacinging.

 Zips and other hardwear


45" / 1.14m
FABRIC: 0-8 = 2.75m, 8-14 =3.5m, 16-20 = 3.75m
LINING: 0-20 = 1.8m
INTERFACING: 0-8 = 1.6m, 10-20 = 1.85m

58" / 1.5m
FABRIC: 0-6 = 2m, 8-14 = 2.5m, 16-20 = 2.75m
LINING: 0-8 = 2m, 10-20 = 2.25m
INTERFACING: 0-8 = 1.6m, 10-20 = 1.85m


  • 2.25 m of 1/4” (6mm) stay tape for stabilizing armholes and collar
  • Separating coat zipper for View A (sizes 0-8 = 30” long, sizes 10-14 = 31” long, sizes 16-20 = 32” long) -** PLEASE NOTE - not available from our store** You can also use a longer zipper and trim it down
  • 6 buttons or sew-in snap closures for View B
  • Thread
  • View A also requires 25cm of horsehair canvas, sturdy cAlicia or a heavier-weight interfacing to stabilize the collar. 

You are welcome to buy fabrics from our range or bring your own. We normally recommend you pre-wash all fabrics to be used in dressmaking so please allow time for this however, coats and coat fabric are more commonly dry clean only so check before.


Suitable for: Level 5 (Advanced Techniques)

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