Hello and welcome to my 11th Minerva make! This was such an unexpected fun make. Why unexpected fun? Well, when I decided on this project my rationale had been that I wanted to do something challenging and slightly hard. Having mentally girded myself for a HUGE project – I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly and almost effortlessly this Clare coat came together.

The fabrics for this project were such a joy to work with – I felt like a conductor bringing different textures and patterns together to create a perfect coat harmony in a sewing symphony of sorts.

For the main coat fabric, I fell for this Aztec reversible wool mix Fabric. It was challenging to decide which side to use but the deeper navy won. I really wanted to showcase the raglan sleeves by using a solid contrast and for this I used the navy Ponte Roma Fabric which I interfaced with Knit Fusible Interfacing to give the sleeve more body. I also interfaced the main bodice with medium weight interfacing.

The lining fabrics were the most fun to sew up. The body lining is this lush Faux Sheepskin Fabric that has a practical warmth and stylish appeal to it. It is so gorgeously soft! For the sleeve lining – naturally something that can glide as you put the coat on meant looking at satins and this classic black Lining Fabric caught my eye with its popping bubbles texture. 

My favourite seam is the one where these two lining fabrics join together – it goes from soft to silky. Since the faux sheepskin is stretchy and the black lining isn’t – I used my overlocker for those seams.

The Sewing Pattern comes with an instruction booklet and Closet Case Patterns have a step by step full colour photo sew along on their website (which is what I followed for this project).

The most intimidating step for me was the sheer number of pattern pieces to cut out. But the number of pattern pieces includes interfacing pieces and separate lining pieces – so while it may seem like much at the beginning – it actually makes putting it together faster, better and you are less likely to be confused or forget to put interfacing on the hem band for example.

I love love the method used to make the welt pockets here – its foolproof and is one of those techniques I am carrying forward to any other welt pockets I have to sew in the future.

Another thing that really impressed me was how true to size it is. Using my bust measurement I cut the size 6 and this fit is spot on for me without any alterations. This is definitely cool winter chic at its best and I do love my epic Clare coat, not only for the cosy warmth but also the stylish impact it has.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time – happy sewing!

Hila