Sewing My First Coat: 5 Suggested Tips from McCalls

For my first coat, I’ve decided  to go with Vogue 8930 .  Yes we have seen this coat pattern a few time within the last year but I think is is a perfect start for a coat beginner.

Blanket Coat V8930
Blanket Coat V8930

While preparing for my coat project, McCall’s posted on their blog Sewing Your First Coat: 5 Tips For Success.  YES RIGHT ON TIME!

Tip 1:  Take a look at RTW and designer coats you like first, for inspiration.

I have to agree…..I have so many coats that I love, but I had to choose based on my sewing skills level.  I was able to pick out 5 different coats to make, and I put them in order buy skill level.  I am going to be a coat making sister this fall/winter

Tip 2:  If this is your first coat to sew, stick with patterns featuring a loosely-fitted shape with minimal details.  

Giving my pattern section, I am on the right track for this step

Tip 3:  Choose a solid-color, quality 100% wool

For this step, because it is my first, my choice was a high quality print fleece.  I wanted to be able to under the coat process without damaging expensive wool.  I know for sure I do want to make this pattern again in wool.

Tip 4:  Select a lining fabric that’s warm and easy to work with

For this project, I am going with a basic suit lining.  Again I do not want to spare the expense while trying to learn a new sewing skill.

Tip 5:  Pressing is as important as the sewing. Use pressing tools.

After reviewing the pattern instructions, I will not need any coat pressing tools for this project, but I do currently own a pressing ham.  I am reading a tailor book and will be making additional purchases based on the book recommendations.

I am very excited to start this process.  I will journal my progress and keep you all posted. 🙂

Sew Much Love,



3 thoughts on “Sewing My First Coat: 5 Suggested Tips from McCalls”

      1. Ye, please follow along at your own pace. My coat will not be a very tailored coat. But, I’ve wanted to make one. The coat I chose does not call for a lot of tailoring, I’m good with that. I just want to start and finish. Feel me,LOL!! Much success on your coat!


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