It still may feel like summer, but in some parts of the world, folks are starting to (or will soon) feel a chill in the air. Insert obligatory Game of Thrones reference: Winter is coming! And that means coats and jackets are sure to be a necessity faster than you think!
Today I’m rounding up some coat and jacket sewing patterns perfect for the curvy lady to try this fall and providing links to some inspirational outerwear from our CSC community- we’ve got a few seasoned experts in our midst, particularly our Jenny, who has sewn herself a spate of truly excellent coats and our Michelle, who’s got a few killer coats under her belt, too. You can also check out Mary’s Curvy Coat Inspiration post to see if that sparks your coat-making fire.
Admittedly, while pulling together this post I learned that many of the coat and jacket options available in plus sizes fall into that sort of coatigan or waterfall jacket style, usually without closures. There are not many true tailored coat sewing pattern options for the curvy ladies. The coatigans and waterfall jackets are great for fall, but feel like a bit of a cop out on the part of pattern companies. What are curvy women supposed to wear when the temperatures really drop? I know I currently have less of a stake in this particular issue because I am living in Bangkok, but I grew up in Massachusetts so I know how rough winter can be. I can’t imagine clutching my waterfall jacket closed while trying to shovel New England’s ample snow from the sidewalk or facing down one of those bitterly cold wind tunnels in the city.
Anywho, gripes aside, here’s what I found! Let me know if I’ve missed your favorite coat pattern!:
Style Arc has a pretty wide range of coats, jackets and coatigans in knits and wovens up through size 30 (bust 58.25″, waist 50.5″, hip 61″). Check out Riley, Alegra, Estelle, Beatrix, Ingrid, Genevieve and Stella. Keep in mind that Style Arc has other buying options, too: Etsy for PDFs and Amazon for layered patterns in U.S. and U.K.
I struggled a bit to find examples of curvy ladies who’ve made a Style Arc coat, but have a look at self-proclaimed uber busty gal Shams in her Style Arc Grace coat, this review of the Romy Anorak, and Sue’s gorgeous Stella coat.
BurdaStyle has several coats and jackets in their plus size range, through size 52 (bust 48″, waist 41″, hip 50.5″). Take a gander at the Loose Jacket (Plus Size) 01/2013 #127, Coat with Slash Pockets 12/2013 #131, Camel Coat (Plus Size) 11/2013 #131, Belted Coat (Plus Size) 11/2015 #123, and Long Pea Coat (Plus Size) 11/2015 #124, among others.
Colette has the Albion duffle coat (it’s technically a men’s pattern, but Colette claims it “transitions easily from menswear to women’s wear” and a quick search reveals many women have made it), as well as the Seamwork Camden cape. Colette has a few other outerwear patterns, but in their older, more limited size range.
Butterick, McCall, Vogue and Simplicity: There are a handful of coats from the Big 4 that range into plus sizes, including, but not limited to the Lisette for Butterick B6244 and B6385, Butterick 6384, Butterick 6301, McCalls 7262, McCalls 7058, Butterick 5966, MimiGStyle for Simplicity 1016, Leanne Marshall for Simplicity 1254, Vogue 9156 and Vogue 8346.
Hot Patterns has several jacket patterns in their collection, including the Plain & Simple Scooter Jacket and Car Coat, which looks like it could potentially be a good beginner coat for those dipping their toes in the outerwear waters for the first time.
Grainline Studio has a couple of coat and jacket patterns including the Cascade duffle coat and the quilted Tamarack jacket. They top out at a size 18 (bust 44″, waist 37″, hip 47″), but reliable CSC sources say the larger sizes have a generous amount of ease.
Closet Case Patterns: Last winter, Clare was sweeping the online sewing world. It only goes up to a size 20 (46″ bust, 39″ waist, 48″ hip), but might be easier to grade up for the curvy ladies because of its relatively simple lines. Check out Michelle’s stunning version.
Decades of Style has several gorgeous vintage style coat patterns that go up to size 46″ bust, 40″ waist, 49″ hip, including the Claremont Coat, Crossing Coat, and Parisienne Coat. I know Tanya‘s got her eye on the Claremont and it’s sure to be drop dead gorgeous!
Lekala and Bootstrap Fashion, both of which allow you to input your measurements in order to create a custom pattern, have a wide array of really interesting coat patterns with some really beautiful design details. Check them out here and here (although, inexplicably, the Bootstrap Jackets and Coats tab seems to have lots of tops/blouses mixed in).
Indygo Junction has a few simple coat and jacket patterns in their collection, including the Retro Raglan and the Sophia Swing Coat, which you might remember was reviewed by Pandora Sews here on the CSC.
What patterns did I miss? Any of these in your sewing queue?