Butterick wool coat with polka dot lining

I purchased this wool fabric at Goodwill a couple of years ago for $2.99 (!) and finally decided I needed to make something out of it. Total cost including Butterick pattern, buttons, lining and interfacing: $19.

diy coat

Skill level: This sewing project would be good for intermediate sewers.
Time commitment estimate: A few hours, depending on skill level.

If you want to make this jacket for yourself, check out my list of favorite sewing supplies before you get started.

I didn’t have a ton of this fabric, so I needed to be strategic with my pattern choice. I went with Butterick pattern B5395 option B. I decided not to do the patch pockets like are pictured on the pattern because I think they tend to make a homemade garment look…well, homemade. The pattern was easy to follow, and the fact that the sleeves are raglan bell sleeves made that portion go much faster than if they were your standard set-in sleeves.

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

That stash of fabric Frankie’s lounging on, plus the bright blue check fabric in the bottom right corner, are all fabric pieces (mostly wool!) I scored from Goodwill. Sometimes, it pays to take the time to search.

Orange Jacket with polka dot lining

Here are some women’s capes/cloaks/capelets currently available to purchase from Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack.

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