We're all loving the Sapporo Coat and it's easy to see why!
The Sapporo Coat is a loose fit pattern with subtle cocoon shape and bold seaming. When sewn with wool, it makes the perfect outer layer for winter.
If you haven't made a coat before, this design is a great place to start. It's fully lined, yet doesn't require closures or any tailored fitting. The Sapporo Coat is the perfect introduction for building coat-making confidence.
To help you on that journey, we've created a series of blog posts to walk you through each step. And rather than one long, photo-heavy post, we've broken it down into smaller posts with themes. This way, if you're only stuck on one step, you can also find the correct tutorial more easily without scrolling through screeds of information! Who has time for that, right? There's sewing to be done!
Today is all about the pockets and, being the first step in the pattern, it's also the first tutorial in this series. So welcome along!
I'll be using a woven wool sourced from The Fabric Store and lining from Spotlight.
The very first step is actually the fusing. There are a few little bits and pieces to do, but when you're done, it should look something like this:
Right. Now for the fun bit. Sewing! Let's take your upper and lower front pieces and lay them flat on the table.
Pin your upper and lower front pieces together, matching the pocket edges and seam line. The centre front fused edges should be along the same edge too. Stitch as shown by the red line in the illustration above.
Clip into the two corners of your pocket where it turns at an angle, but take care not to snip through your stitching.
Fold the pocket flap downwards and press the seams of the body open. The pocket seams don't need to be pressed open, just leave those as is. But do make sure that the top of your pocket edge on the right side is nicely lined up with the seam lines and press it into a nice crisp edge. Also: You may need to use a pressing cloth (or a tea towel) when ironing the right side of your fabric to avoid any accidental damage. I've been there - it's not pretty...
Repeat for the other side and you're done! The front of your Sapporo Coat is constructed. It's that easy.
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