October 16th – 19th
Using Cambrian Wool Tweed £696
Using your own fabric £494
Make your own perfectly fitting, stylish and warm coat for winter from Cambrian Wool tweed.
Make Your Own Perfectly Fitting, Stylish and Warm Coat for Winter
Designer Angela Pitcher Dowdell is a fan of coats. She believes a good coat is a key item in a successful
wardrobe. She also believes different coats do different jobs and that outfits can be made or betrayed by the
choice of coat you pop on as you leave the house. This coat has been designed specifically for teaching this
course. In its simplest form it is a classic flared coat but add the belt and detachable bolero and it becomes a
classic trench. You can choose to make your coat from a choice of six shades of Cambrian Wool Welsh Tweed
or purchase your own fabric separate to the course price.
THIS COAT IS MADE FROM 54 PIECES OF FABRIC SO THIS IS A CONTENT FILLED COURSE SUITABLE FOR
THOSE WHO HAVE EITHER MADE SEVERAL GARMENTS PREVIOUSLY AND/OR ARE COMFORTABLE USING A SEWING MACHINE.
If you haven’t made many garments before 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. Expect long days but your beautiful coat will be worth every minute of effort you put in!
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 4 days of tuition on
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.
You will start joining together your 54 individual pieces of fabric!
•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
•Have your Tah Dah moment!
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 is included in the course price whichever of the fabric options you choose
Option 1 – fabric supplied
• 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
Option 2 – supply your own fabric
Beautiful as it is, the Cambrian Wool might not be your thing. Therefore, for the first time we are running this
course with the option to supply your own fabric.
You will need –
• 3.6m wool fabric 150cm wide. There’s plenty enough to do already so no fabrics requiring pattern matching
• 2.6 m lining fabric 150cm wide
• 15 x 22mm buttons
• 4 x 100 sewing thread
You will also need interfacing, interlining, canvas and shoulder pads (these will be provided and included in
your course fee)