We are so excited to share our new Sapporo Coat/Jacket with you - we've updated the construction method, added in a new length as well as a new sleeve option. We have added in two smaller sizes and one larger size. If you have our first edition Sapporo and would like to upgrade to the new version PDF, you can find the details here.
Here's a step-by-step tutorial to take you through the construction of your soon-to-be favourite coat. We've used a heavy-weight linen and a cotton-silk lining from The Fabric Store.
This is what your lower front pieces should look like once your fusing is in place.
Pin upper and lower front pieces together where pocket bags meet with right sides facing and stitch together.
Clip into corners on each side of pocket bag. Depending on what fabric you're using, you may also want to clip curved seam. Press seam allowances open either side of the pocket bag. Fold pocket bag down toward lower front and from the right side, press along fused edge.
(Showing pressed pocket bag from right side).
Pin side back to back piece with right sides facing, matching notches. Stitch together.
Clip around curved part of seams being careful not to clip through your stitch line then press seam allowances open.
Pin front and back pieces together at the shoulder and side seams with right sides facing. Stitch. Clip around underarm curve. Press seams open. Repeat for other side.
Fold sleeves in half with right sides facing, matching the notches. Stitch. Press seams open.
Fold sleeve facings in half with right sides facing. Stitch. Press seams open.
Place narrow edge of sleeve facing over the narrow end of sleeve with right sides facing and seams aligned. Stitch together. Trim seam allowance in half. Pull sleeve facing to the right side and under stitch seam allowance toward facing. Fold facing to the inside and press in place. Repeat for other sleeve.
Holding facing and sleeve matching seam lines. Pull facing back 2cm down and stitch the seam allowances together.
Pin sleeve inside armhole with right sides facing, aligning underarm sleeve seam to coat side seam and matching sleeve notch to shoulder seam. Stitch together. Press seam allowance open. Pull sleeve out to the right side. Repeat on other side.
Stitch fused neck facing to front neck edge with right sides together.
Pull the facing around the neck line and stitch to the other end of the opposite front neck edge. Press seams open.
Fold back the centre front along fused edge with right sides together and wrap facing around neckline. Stitch all the way around the top edge of neckline. Trim the seam allowance in half, clip seam allowance and corners. Under stitch seam allowance toward facing.
From the inside, fold all facing edges in at foldline (fused edge) and press well in place.
Fold the top 2cms of hem edge back and pin securely in place about 3cms up from foldline.
Slipstitch folded edge to outer layer between side seams to secure hem in place.
Fold lining pleat in place, bringing the top notch down to meet the bottom notch, folding the excess upward. Edge stitch in place. Repeat on other side.
Pin back lining to side back lining piece with right sides facing. Stitch. Press. Repeat on other side.
Pin front and back lining together with right sides facing at the shoulders and side seams. Stitch together leaving a gap between notches on one side seam only. Press seams open.
Fold lining sleeves in half with right sides facing, matching the notches. Stitch. Press seams open.
Pin lining sleeves inside armholes with right sides facing, aligning underarm sleeve seams to side seams and matching sleeve notches to shoulder seams. Stitch together. Press seam allowances toward sleeves. Pull sleeves out so that the whole lining is inside out.
With your coat and lining right sides facing together, pin together along facing edges at centre fronts and around back of neckline. Stitch, starting and stopping your stitch line 1cm from bottom edge of lining. Press seam allowance toward lining.
Pull your lining to one side and your shell to the other with wrong sides out.
Fold your sleeves in to the centre to meet each other.
Overlap your sleeve lining over sleeve facing.
Stitch edges of lining and sleeve facing together. Repeat for other sleeve.
Cut a small strip of lining about 3cm/1.2” in length and stitch to the underarm/armhole seam allowance of both the coat and lining to stop the lining shifting when turned through to the right side. Repeat on other side.
With right sides facing, pin bottom hem of lining to the raw edge of hem facing. Stitch together starting and stopping your stitch line 1cm from each end.
Pinch together the remaining 1cm excess of facing and hem. Stitch together.
Clip outer corner and press seam open.
Carefully pull coat through the opening in side seam until its the right way out. With coat lining side out, hand sew side seam gap closed.
Give your Sapporo a final press. Voilà!