The Classic Coat Pattern

Classic Coat Pattern from the book 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls' by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

I have been meaning to share this Classic Coat Pattern with you all for months. This was a project that I taught in February at The Martha Pullen School of Art Fashion. The Classic Coat can be found in my book, ‘Sew Classic Clothes for Girls: 20 Girls’ Dresses, Outfits and Accessories from The Cottage Mama’ and comes in size 12 months – size 10.

Classic Coat Pattern from the book 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls' by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

These are the fabrics and trims that I selected to go in the kit for the class. I REALLY wanted to use velveteen like I did in the sample in the book, but there was seriously none to be found. Well, there was a few yards here and there, but not enough for full-length coats for a class of 20+ people. So I searched high and low and settled on using Cotton Sateen fabric. These two fabrics are by Joel Dewberry from his ‘Notting Hill‘ collection. Cotton Sateen is more of a home decor weight fabric, but is very high quality. Since it’s thicker in weight, it lends itself really well to outerwear as well has home projects. I wanted  to pick a bold fabric that would make this coat a statement piece. It may or may not appeal to everyone, but my girls LOVE it!!

Classic Coat Pattern from the book 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls' by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

The coat is pretty much sewn as written in the book, however, I added some additional trim in several different spots. I decided to use baby blue rick rack to pick up the light accent color in the navy blue fabric. I added the rick rack down the front of the coat, around the two pockets and in the collar. You could also add rick rack into the hem of the sleeves as well…….that would be a cute accent!

Classic Coat Pattern from the book 'Sew Classic Clothes for Girls' by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

I used fabric covered buttons for the front of the coat and some medium-sized red flower buttons for the pockets. The inside of the coat is lined with the plaid fabric; however, a regular woven cotton would have worked well for the lining too.

I think this coat is really fun! The coat pictured here is a size 6 and it fits Savannah perfectly. I think Matilda wishes it was a 4, but it will be passed down to her before she knows it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy sewing!!

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  1. So glad I was in that amazing class!

  2. This is spectacular. Do you think it would work well in oil cloth – more like a rain coat?

    • Thank you! I was actually planning on doing a tutorial for how to add a hood and make it into a raincoat. I don’t know if I would use oil cloth because it has some chemicals in it that aren’t the best for kids. But I was going to use laminated cotton which I think would be more comfy as well!

      • I would definitely love to see the hood. My little one is all about hoods and pockets. If I make a garment without one or the other… boy howdy, does she give me a look!

      • I was just coming to ask about a raincoat!!! Please, please do the hood tutorial! Your book is my current FAVE for my girls. Such fun things and you wouldn’t believe the compliments when they wear one of your patterns!!

  3. Love the coat. Think I need to order the book!

  4. This is such a darling pattern! I would love to try this in laminated cottons with a hood! That would be perfect for our rainy Pacific Northwest days.

  5. Sarah Helene says

    A “statement piece,” INDEED, Lindsay! HOW UNIQUE using B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L fabric for your girl’s coat designed in a classic style! I have never seen anything like this! WOW for the Cotton Sateen floral fabric: Red poppies with golden centers opening from aqua petals with large white leaves — all on a background of Navy Blue. The plaid adds contrast in the large Peter Pan collar, cuffs & inside pockets as well as the covered buttons down the front. Lucky girls wearing this coat will feel so SPECIAL! Certainly it’s heirloom quality to be “handed down” to others, like you mentioned for your younger daughter, Mathilda. BRAVO for your design and fabric selection . . . plus perfect sewing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  6. I have your book and love it! I just finished the ruffle skirt and dress for my two girls! It’s nice to see this coat in another fabric, it’s gorgeous! I’m planning to make my girls each a coat out of this pattern sometime this summer, hopefully in time for fall. Thanks for the different fabric ideas!