If You’ve Never Sewn a Coat Before, Start With One of These Patterns

Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

Ready to sew your first coat? Even if you’re still relatively new to sewing, coats can be easy to make. In this recent blog post we gave you some tips for making your first coat. Today we’ve got suggestions for five coat patterns that a sewing newbie should be able to tackle with confidence.

Butterick B6244: Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

1) Butterick B6244 by Lisette. This is a great sewing pattern for beginners. One, no lining to worry about! Two, it has an easy, loose shape so you won’t need to spend time worrying about fit. Best yet, Lisette designer Liesl Gibson just hosted a sew along to make this coat, so you’ve got step-by-step help from the designer herself.

McCall's M7257: Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

2) McCall’s M7257. We show this coat in a faux fur, but it can be sewn up in medium- to heavyweight stable knits or wools. There’s no collar to worry about, making it suitable for newbies. The fit is on the boxy side, with a dropped shoulder. Minimal details means this coat will also sew up fast.

Butterick B6251: Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

3) Butterick B6251. This is another unlined coat option for beginners. Look for cozy knits and fleeces in solids or small prints. (Hold off on pattern-matching until you get a little more experience under your belt.) Shawl collars are simple to sew.

Vogue Patterns V9136: Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

4) Vogue Patterns V9136. Another one without a lining and a loose, boxy shape. Dropped shoulders are super-easy to sew, because you don’t have to fuss with set-in sleeves and achieving a smooth sleeve cap. And that stand-up collar will keep you nice and cozy this season. Make this pattern out of soft wools or fleeces.

Vogue Patterns V9156: Coat patterns for beginning sewers.

5) Vogue Patterns V9156. This one is the more complex patterns shown here, but it’s still beginner-friendly. The entire directions fit on one side of the paper, in fact. Plus, no fussing with set-in sleeves here. The collar looks intimidating but it’s actually simple to attach. Make this coat pattern out of wools, or tweeds with a tight weave.

We hope this post and our previous post have given you the confidence to tackle your first coat. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a coat pattern can come together, and how addictive coat sewing can be. Good luck, and tag us in your social media when you post about making your first (or gazillionth!) coat.

8 comments
  1. Thanks for the info. I have recently gotten four of these patterns but was wondering which to tackle. Your preview really helps.

  2. I have only sewn light-weight coats (just finishing one now), but I’ve been too chicken to try a heavier-weight one! From all the recent information and encouragemeno on the MCall blog, I think I may try Butterick 6107, view C or D. Super cute and I think achieveable for my intermediate sewing skills.

  3. Just made a gorgeous V9136 for my wife. Too bad I can’t post a picture of it on here.

  4. Love V9136. I may have to get this pattern…when I will sew it I don’t know! Ha

  5. Oh V9156 is the one for me….I feel the same way as many of the comments above……scared to death of making a coat…..I do wish they’d have another sew along for the scard-y cats….such as moi!

  6. This is a great post! V9136 looks promising for a coat rookie like me.

  7. …and if you are a man and you want to make a coat, well NO PATTERNS FOR YOU!

    1. Hmm, maybe we need to do something about that!

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