The Five Pieces You Need to Sew Now

If you’re thinking about what to sew for the winter-holiday season, take a look at our newest video. We’ve got suggestions, inspiration and pattern ideas for the five things we think you should sew now.

coat sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company
l-r, Butterick B6244, McCall’s M7256, Vogue Patterns V9137.

With Daylight Savings Time in effect and the temperature dipping (though it was 71 degrees in NYC today—what’s up with that?!), this is the time of year we think about making coats. Some of here at the McCall Pattern Company love to make our own coats, some of us would rather sew anything but a coat. Have you ever sewn a coat? Tell us in the comments section if you have or plan to.

Jenna Lyons on the skirt she made that changed her life.

We love a good sewing story and this one by Jenna Lyons, J. Crew creative director, really resonates. It’s about how a skirt she made in her 8th grade home ec class actually changed her life. Yeah, sewing can do that. Take a moment to read Jenna’s tribute to sewing and fabric.

sneak peek of V1467 pea coat

Coming this Friday! We share our completed V1467 Pea Coats with you. Stay tuned!

  1. This is exactly what I want from you guys ! This and “sew the look” ! I love it ! I also like to look at the pics of the sew-a-longs. It’s so helpful. Thanks McCall !

    1. Hi Cheryl! So glad you liked the new video!

  2. I love making coats. I make one every year. It’s hard to pass them on when there are too many in the closet. It’s fun to mess around with the fabric options. My favorites so far: a short coat made from a patchwork of cotton batik squares and lined it with faux sherpa and a Koos swing coat made with linen blends and embroidered lined, lined with a Pucci-style charmeuse.

  3. I love sewing coats. And last year I learned that there is a difference between a fashion coat and a serious winter coat. So I guess I make mostly fashion coats living in California .

  4. I’m currently sewing a Guy Laroche pattern 2886 in cashmere! Those older patterns are great!! I sew at least one coat every fall.

  5. Thanks for the video– super fun, and a great way to explore some key trends. You’ve given me some food for thought!

  6. Nice video, just got done making M7245, finishing up on the pea coat and got B6256 and V1435 on stand by

  7. Loved the Jenna Lyons article. Thank you for providing the link.

  8. Great inspiration! I have just finished two of those looks, the loose coat and a glam dress. Active wear for winter conditions may be my next move. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. I just finished my first coat last month and I love it. It’s a lined swing coat with pockets made out of a heavy silky gray and black leopard print. I get so many compliments on it. Next up is a blue and white tweed 60′ s coat. It’s also a heavy fabric and I will line it with flannel as I live in Michigan.

  10. I made a coat from the Retro Butterick #5716. I love the loose swing coat style! I made it from some wool I had in my stash for years. Since there was not enough of either one to make the whole coat I used both a lovely purple for the body and grey for the sleeves. I then lined it with a great silky print that had both colors. I love it and can’t wait for colder weather to wear it!

  11. I’m scared to death to make a coat, I’d don’t even know how to put a lining in a coat….I didn’t do the pea coat sew-a-long because I wanted a less structured coat……but I’m going to have to make a coat with some sort of blog, so they hold my hand, YIKES!

    But on the other hand I have a full length mink coat….(yes it’s fab, on trend and I look fab in it!) so do I really need a coat?? Yes I’m spoiled to the core!

  12. Delightful! One of the first things I made when I got a ‘professional’ job in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s was a lined red boucle` coat using Vogue 7439. You could make it with either a rolled or notched collar. Still have the pattern and I wore the coat to death as it worked with both casual or professional clothes. Might just do it again!

  13. Sewing a coat would scare the heck out of me. I’ve never even made a lined jacket before. I admit I don’t really have much reason to make a ‘pretty’ coat since it’s very rainy here so the practicality of being waterproof and warm trumps fabrics that need special care, like wool.

  14. I made a red pea coat once that I wore to work. One of the VP’s at the time made a comment that it looked like a coat you would wear in a marching band and I couldn’t bring myself to wear it again. I still have it hanging in my closet and it no longer fits me. I keep it because one of these days, I intend to make another one and I can refer to it for the techniques I used at the time.

    I was tempted to join your sew-along but just couldn’t due to time constraints. But one of these days…I will make another coat!

    1. Aww, that wasn’t nice of him/her, Tomasa! I bet it was fantastic.

  15. I love the Butterick pattern 6244. I’ve just finished my second version.

    The first was a chiffon print made of rayon and nylon. Dreamy. Really dreamy.

    The second is also a glamourous coat made of the famous “unknown” fibres but consists of woven satin roses with tweed in between. It’s a wonderful fabric though difficult to press but despite that has become a very wonderful coat. I made Marcy Tilton’s little jacket, as a vest, to go underneath. It’s a stunning combo.

    I have had trouble with that dart at the shoulder seam and wonder if you would do a video tutorial explaining just how it goes.Or even a written one with pictures. I have plans for another version in off white wool and don’t want to mess it up because of that dreaded dart.

    Help! Please!

    Many thanks

    Vancouver Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara! Lisette just did a sew along for this coat pattern. Try looking for help with that dart here:

      1. Thank you for the clearly illustrated dart procedure. I wore my second coat yesterday and it felt wonderful on and looked glamourous. It really is a masterful design.

        1. Thanks, great to hear, Barbara!

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