Ray Stitch: Coats

The sun may have put its hat on and come out to play, but it's still very much coat weather for the rest of us. Hip hip hip hooray! The coat is the centrepiece of the winter wardrobe; it's the item we end up wearing the most throughout the season and they often have to tick many boxes. We need a coat to be warm and comfortable, big enough to accommodate extra layers underneath, deep pockets to keep your hands warm, flexible enough to be appropriate for many occasions and why not make it as stylish as possible too?

Our new window display features three of our favourite coat patterns made up in our new stock of fabulous wools, perfect for chilly Winter and crisp Spring days too. Above from left to right: 'The Sapporo Coat' by Papercut patterns made from Panama Wool in Heather, Burda 6802 'Relaxed Fit Coat' made from heavy British Wool in Charcoal Grey, and the brand new pattern from The Avid Seamstress, 'The Coat' made up in Chunky Wool Twill in Peach.

Papercut Patterns was founded in 2010 by Katie Romagnoli who had noticed a gap in the sewing market for modern patterns with inspirational styling. Using her skills in both fashion and graphic design, she creates patterns that are equally beautiful and functional. The Papercut Collective is a blog full of inspiration and hacks so you can make their patterns in your own style.

The Sapporo Coat (below) has a bold cocoon silhouette with angled seaming and hidden front pockets, cropped sleeves and tapered cuffs. It is a really stylish and functional shape, allowing for extra jumpers underneath. It is also fully lined which means it is perfect for wool, which can be a little scratchy next to the skin.

The Avid Seamstress is a London-based pattern company, set up by Lisa Falconer. Taught to sew by her mother, Lisa studied Fashion Design, started a blog about sewing, and then completed the circle by teaching others to sew and inspiring them with her creativity, before launching own her patterns in 2015. We love championing independent designers and particularly admire the minimalist style of The Avid Seamstress. Her patterns are suitable for beginners and intermediate dressmakers, and you can find blog tutorials too for extra support and guidance.

'The Coat' (below) is inspired by classic tailoring but has been simplified to be an easy make. It features princess seams and in-seam pockets with modern drop sleeves for a relaxed and stylish look. We made it up in a gorgeous pastel colour, because why not? That is the best thing about sewing clothes for yourself!

We hope these garments will inspire you to push your sewing boundaries and make a coat your next project. Look out for our blog post next weekend which will be all about sewing with wool - tips and advice on choosing the right fabric and how to get professional finishes. Until then, if you want to chat with us about your sewing plans please either pop into 66 Essex Road, or email us on info@raystitch.co.uk. Stay warm!