Make a coat from your own fabric with Angela Pitcher Dowdell at Stiwdio 3



Make your own perfectly fitting, stylish and warm coat for winter using your own fabric.

Designer Angela Pitcher Dowdell is a fan of coats. She believes a good coat is a key item in a successful wardrobe. She also believes different coats do different jobs and that outfits can be made or betrayed by the choice of coat you pop on as you leave the house. This coat has been designed specifically for teaching this course. In its simplest form it is a classic flared coat but add the belt and detachable bolero and it becomes a classic trench. You can purchase your own fabric separate to the course price.

If you haven’t made many garments before then you will need to make two to three between now and the course. These garments do not need to be complicated but enough to ensure you feel comfortable handling part made garments and using your sewing machine. Expect long days but your beautiful coat will be worth every minute of effort you put in!

Arrive during the evening to meet your fellow stitchers and have a good look at the sample coat. You will try on one of the pre-made toiles so Angela can assess any alterations to be made to the pattern which will have been drafted to your measurements. Angela will fine tune the patterns ready to start 4 days of tuition on Friday morning.

During the first session you will cut the wool fabric for your coat. There are multiple layers and many pattern pieces, so whilst you cut your wool fabric Suzi and Angela will cut out the interlinings, fusing, canvas and lining layers. Then you will apply your interlining and interfacings.

You will start joining together your 54 individual pieces of fabric
•Make your sleeves
•Construct your collar
•Make the detachable bolero

•Construct perfect pockets!
•Assemble the main pieces of your coat
•Make the belt
•Make and attach your lining

•Attach your collar
•Set in your sleeves
•Secure shoulder pads
•Make and attach belt carriers
•Position and stitch buttonholes
•Secure buttons
•Close lining
•Have your Tah Dah moment!

We have sufficient equipment for all those attending the course but if you would like to bring your own sewing machine then it will be a splendid opportunity to spend three days using it and learning how you can maximise what it can do for you. You might want to bring your own basic equipment including shears, small scissors, stitch un-picker (it happens!), tape measure and adjustable measuring guide. If you need an excuse to expand your range of sewing accessories you will find it useful to have good quality pinking shears, a point turner and possibly a buttonhole chisel/cutter. The tweed fabric has wonderful depth and spring so you might want to treat yourself to some longer than normal pins. Angela uses pins 34mm and 45mm in length. Again, we have sufficient of ALL these items available if you are unable to bring your own.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Your bespoke coat pattern is included in the course price.

Supply your own fabric. You will need –
• 3.6m wool fabric 150cm wide. There’s plenty to do already so no fabrics requiring pattern matching please!
• 2.6 m lining fabric 150cm wide
• 15 x 22mm buttons
• 4 x 100m sewing thread
You will also need interfacing, interlining, canvas and shoulder pads (these will be provided and included in your course fee)


Angela at Make it in Wales


Stiwdio 3
3 High Street
SA43 1HJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


4 days (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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