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!
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:
- Notched collar: a nod to classic tailored style.
- Oversized lapel: modern proportions keep the notched collar from looking stuffy.
- Two piece sleeve: offers great fit and durability.
- Stylized inseam pockets: because you always need pockets!
- Double breasted hidden closure: looks sleek and put together closed, but dramatic and beautiful open.
- 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.
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!