Make a Coat from Cambrian Wool Tweed

October 17th – 19th 2020 at Stiwdio 3, Cardigan

Make your own perfectly fitting, stylish and warm coat for winter from Cambrian Wool tweed.

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Course Description

Angela and I worked together many years ago when I was running my digital embroidery business and Angela was running her bridalwear business in Cardiff. We bumped into each other again a year or so ago and have spent a lot of time developing this exciting and unique course for you.

Angela says: “My ambition is for all those attending the course is to become confident THINKING garment constructors. From understanding the decisions made during the construction of this fabulous coat and then completing the processes yourself, you will gain a real insight into the WHYS of garment construction. Combining the answers to these questions with top tips to achieve a professional finish I hope you will become FEARLESS garment constructors!

This is a content filled course so it is for those who have either made several garments previously and/or are comfortable using a sewing machine. If you haven’t made many garments yet 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.

If I say so myself… I ADORE the versatility of this coat! In its simplest form it is a classic flared coat but add the belt and detachable bolero and it becomes a classic trench.”

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The Finer Detail


• 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 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.


•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!

And here are some photos which some of our past participants have taken of themselves in their coats for us to see.

Please read all details carefully and if you have any questions please do get in touch. You can email me

We do our very best to give you as much information as we can regarding the details of your course, but we do understand that some of you may have further questions before you decide to book. This course with Angela will provide you with four full days of tuition.


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.


• Your bespoke coat pattern

• Welsh Tweed from Cambrian Wool (choice of six shades) – this tweed fabric is exclusively made for Cambrian Wool and is 100% Welsh wool from the Cambrian mountains region in Wales. The tweed is manufactured in our local mill Melin Teifi

• All other sundries to make your coat including lining, interlining, interfacing, shoulder pads, buttons and threads


If you’re travelling from afar we have some accommodation recommendations on our website here. We’d suggest staying in Cardigan, St Dogmaels, Moylegrove or Llechryd.


At lunchtime we will serve food at Stiwdio 3 café. Lunches are included in your course ticket price as well as an endless supply of teas, coffees and cake or biscuits throughout the day.

Other details

We have six different tweeds available. Once you have booked, we will send you swatches so that you can choose the fabric for your coat. You will need to provide us with your dress size, bust, waist, hips and height measurements please before arrival.

The full cost of this course is £840. This includes all materials, tuition and lunches as described above. There will be a non-refundable deposit of £210 when you book. You can choose to pay in instalments for your course over the next few months. Please email us for details of a payment plan.

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