Make a Spring Unlined Coat with Angela Pitcher Dowdell

Arrive March 8th – 13th / Arrive November 22nd – 27th 2019 at The Vestry, Llangrannog
(Arrive Friday, tuition all day on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday leave Wednesday morning)
4 days tuition, lunch and evening meals £564
Maximum participants 6

Make your own perfectly fitting and stylish coat for the spring and autumn days when you need protection from the elements but don’t need extra warmth.

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What You’ll Make

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.  So this coat…

• Is perfect for those spring and autumn days when you need protection from the elements but you don’t need any extra warmth

• Looks great over jeans/trousers/dresses/skirts (Angela has test driven hers extensively!)

• Dare we say…. looks a bit more interesting and stylish than most other outer layers being worn by the people you see around you?!

This course is designed for those who have some sewing experience. i.e. you are comfortable using a sewing machine whether it is for making garments/curtains/quilting.  The course is fairly intensive so please expect fairly long days, you may have to return to your machines after supper so stamina is required! Probably the biggest challenge for most people will be working without pins!  The dry oilskin fabric will happily feed through a domestic sewing machine but you will need to learn a different set of skills for cutting and stitching this amazing fabric.

What is dry oilskin?  It is a ‘non-greasy’ version of the stuff you have probably seen in the form of a Barbour jacket.  It’s crisp, pretty light and so is perfect to make an unlined coat to keep the rain and dirt off your clothes.  Also it is a fabric that has the amazing quality of just looking better and better as it ages.

What’s Included

•Tuition from designer Angela Pitcher Dowdell (Maximum class size will be 6 participants)

•Paper pattern drafted by Angela using your personal measurements

•Dressmakers awl

•Sewing clips

•Hand creaser

•Bias tape maker


A four day sewing break is a brilliant opportunity to play with your own sewing machine and equipment.  This is not a beginners’ course so it is anticipated most participants will have reasonably well equipped personal sewing boxes.  Make it in Wales also have all this equipment available for loan if you are unable to bring your own – please just let us know if you would like to use it.  (We will always bring a couple of sewing machines as back up during a course but not one for every participant unless requested)

This is the equipment required as a minimum:

•Sewing machine (with size 90 needles) and all your machine accessories

•Tape measure

•Shears for cutting fabric

•Small scissors for cutting thread

•Seam gauge (small metal ruler with sliding guide)

•Pattern weights (these could be pebbles)

•Point turner (for GENTLY persuading corners to turn through)

Also useful if you happen to have them:

•30cm or 45cm ruler

•45 degree angle (could be a set square or quilters ruler)

•Quilting/patchwork ruler for marking parallel lines


The sample coat has been made using fabrics from Merchant and Mills.  You will need to buy

•3.9m of dry oilskin.  There are 10 colours available – ours is made using Grass.

•60cm of lightweight cotton to line the pockets, bolero and for bias bindings.  Our sample coat is made using Denim Blue Chambray also from Merchant and Mills.  You could use any light weight cotton fabric; plain, patterned, contrast or same colour. If the fabric width is less than 150cm then please purchase 80cm.

•10 buttons 23mm diameter.  These are the ones we used.

•300m Gutermann sewing thread to match your oilskin fabric.

We need a minimum number of participants for any of our courses to run.
Please do not purchase any of your materials until we have confirmed the course has sufficient participants to run. Since designing our sample coat Merchant and Mills have added to their range of oilskin fabrics.  Please only purchase the PLAIN version of the DRY oilskin.  If you are unsure, please email us with your choice before purchasing.

Arrive Friday (any time from midday)

• Meet Angela and 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 has been drafted to your measurements.

• Angela will fine tune the patterns ready for a start on Saturday


• We will start making! During this first session you will cut your fabrics, make your belt and detachable bolero.



• Make your sleeves.

• Construct and attach your pockets.

• Assemble the main body of your coat.



•Construct your collar.

•Make and bind your facings.

•Attach your collar.

•Set in your sleeves.



•Buttonholes and buttons.

•Finish inside armhole edges.

•Have your Tah Dah moment!

 Leave after breakfast on Wednesday


If you’re travelling from afar we strongly recommend booking to stay at The Vestry, Llangrannog. Debbie has offered us a discount on her normal rates and the location couldn’t be any better. It is directly opposite the Church Hall where we’ll be working on our coats in the day. Please book your accommodation with Debbie directly here or email her

Bancyfelin Vestry comprises of two holiday properties in the much sought after coastal village of Llangrannog. Newly refurbished, both properties offer couples, families and groups top quality accommodation just minutes from the beach and the Wales Coastal Path. The village of Llangrannog has 2 beautiful sandy beaches, 2 great pubs, 2 cafés and a village shop. Everything you need is on the doorstep.

• Arrive night before course, leave morning after

• Private rooms (please note none of the rooms are en-suite. There are four rooms upstairs with a shared bathroom and a double room downstairs with a bathroom opposite which is also a shared bathroom).

• Accommodation at The Vestry  Full use of kitchen, living rooms etc (please bring your own alcohol)

• £40 per night for double room

• £30 per night for single room

• Self service continental breakfasts included in price of B and B


If you’re staying with us at The Vestry then a self service continental style breakfast is provided. At lunchtime we will eat lunch served at the Vestry. Lunches are included in your course ticket price.

In the evening we will serve food made for us by local chef Tessa. Two courses of delicious food, locally made and delivered fresh to our door.

If you fancy a drink and a stroll after dinner in Llangrannog  there is The Beach Hut, The Pentre Arms and The Ship Inn.

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