Introducing the Yates Coat!

Introducing the Yates Coat from Grainline Studio

Today I have our first pattern release of 2018 for you: the Yates Coat! One of my favorite type of garments to make is outerwear — I love being able to really tuck into a large project like a coat. The feeling when you’re done is so rewarding because not only is it an extremely useful garment but, unlike a shirt or dress, you can wear it every day! You’ll also impress not only yourself but everyone else with the fact that you made it. Making a coat may seem like an overwhelming task, but once broken down into easy to follow steps, it’s within everyone’s grasp. If you’re looking to up your sewing skills or confidence this year, a coat is a great way to go — and the Yates is an excellent choice for both first-time and seasoned coat-makers alike!

Yates Coat | Grainline Studio
Yates Coat | Grainline Studio

Both this sample and my original Yates Coat are made from a plush wool/cashmere blend and the sample is lined with rayon bemberg. We recommend using woven coating fabrics such as melton, boiled, or felted wool, cashmere or blends for the self and either bemberg or kasha for the lining as they stand up well to wear and tear. We’ll talk more in depth about selecting your fabrics in an upcoming post so look for that later this week.

When designing the Yates it was essential that the coat felt elegant, yet easy to wear. It was originally drafted for my wedding, but it was important to me to be able to wear it daily after the fact. It’s easy to feel like a less stylish version of yourself during the cooler months but the Yates’ clean and classic look makes it simple to be warm and fashionable.

Now let’s talk a bit more about the features of the Yates Coat:

Introducing the Yates Coat from Grainline Studio
  1. Notched collar: a nod to classic tailored style.
  2. Oversized lapel: modern proportions keep the notched collar from looking stuffy.
  3. Two piece sleeve: offers great fit and durability.
  4. Stylized inseam pockets: because you always need pockets!
  5. Double breasted hidden closure: looks sleek and put together closed, but dramatic and beautiful open.
  6. Mid-hip length: makes the coat appear more formal while also keeping your thighs warm!

The Yates also features a full lining with its own pattern pieces separate from the shell, which increases the durability and longevity of your coat.

Introducing the Yates Coat from Grainline Studio

If you’re an astute follower of our Instagram or my personal account you’ll have seen this one on me before. I patterned this out two days before my wedding, then sewed it up the next day. It quickly became my go-to coat and I’ve been wearing it ever since. Somehow this coat always manages make me feel put together even when I’m feeling far from it, and I’m hoping that feeling extends to each of you who make it.

Grab your copy of the Yates Coat here and stay tuned for posts on inspiration, fabric selection, and the sew-along. We can’t wait to see your versions — make sure to use the hashtags #grainlineyates and #grainlinestudio so we can follow along with your progress!

Yates Coat Sewing Pattern | Grainline StudioYates Coat Sewing Pattern | Grainline Studio

19 replies on “Introducing the Yates Coat!

  • ElaineChicago

    My goodness!! Cut it up and sewn together in one day!! Woot!! I’m going to do some ”’very simple” frocks beginning 1st of February to re-hone my skills……. maybe the Yates coat will come into play.
    Can you provide some encouraging words, please, for we-who-are-not-too-sure??!!!

  • Betty White

    What a beautiful coat! I love its simplicity and elegance. If I didn’t live in SoCal, I’d buy the pattern. I haven’t worn a winter coat in 34 years (except while traveling to Boston, Vermont, & Chicago in the middle of winter).
    Great pattern!

  • stitchingandmaking

    This is stunning! I wish I had the time to make this one before it’s warm again (ha). I may just have to add it to my summer sewing list for fall. I’ve never sewed a coat but the idea of sleeves being long enough for my arm is temping enough. It definitely looks very put together.

  • Gwendolyn

    I love everything about this! I’ve always dreamed of a coat that is a bit longer, though, maybe knee length. Would this pattern lengthen alright? I’m a fairly new sewer, but I’ve done some minor adjustments, just don’t want to bite off more than I can chew!

  • claraundco

    Hey Jen! Great pattern! I just wanted to tell you how excited I was to see your choice having a queer (looking) person model the coat. I am sure you know that the archer shirt is a queer pattern favorite (no bust darts etc. …) and i think it’s great that you bring more and much needed diversity into the diy sewing world.

  • Tine Larsen

    Gorgeous coat! I want to make it in a piece of pale/medium green boiled wool I’ve been waiting to find the right pattern for.

    However, I’m having trouble printing the pdf pattern on A4 paper. It’s like approximately 1/4″ is missing on the left side of every page. Didn’t have that problem with any of your other patterns (bought and printed most of them…). Have you done something differently this time, or is it just me messing up? Any other Europeans who tried? Thanks! 🙂 Tine

    • Tine Larsen

      Just found out it prints fine on A4 from another computer (Mac instead of Windows) and another printer. So if someone else encounters problems printing, try another computer 🙂

      Looks like I will have scissors in wool later today after all 🙂 🙂 🙂


    • Jen

      Hmmm, it’s working for us on both Mac & PC – are you sure you have the latest version of Acrobat? A bit back they released a version that screwed up all our printing, but that’s been updated. You can also select “Poster” and that will always force whatever you’re printing to print full size in the center of the page. You can email for more help if you need it.


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