Welcome to our Florence Coatigan Kit! It contains everything you need to create your own stylish winter warmer. We’re offering it in a range of ethically-sourced boiled wool fabrics in classic colours selected to work with your A/W wardrobe. The fabrics we’ve chosen are 100% wool, in a weight perfect for a cross-season coat; thick enough to keep you properly warm but not too heavy to wear with comfort.
With sleek, elegant styling, we think this is a garment that will work on chilly days inside, just as much as it will outside.
About the pattern
Our kit is based on the ‘Florence’ Coat from Tessuti. We painstakingly reviewed all the pattern possibilities for this kit and decided that this pattern offered classic styling, ease of wear and a contemporary, uncluttered silhouette. We appreciated the relatively extended size range as well as the clear instructions that ensure this should be relatively easy make.
If you haven’t made a coat before – then this is a great place to start! There are no lining or fastenings to complicate things and the construction technique is a very straightforward one.
We know that the pattern states that this is a ‘Coat’ – no offence to our Australian chums but we think that might be pushing it in the depths of winter in the UK, although it will certainly help keep the chill off!
Our kit is available in the following sizes –
Finished Garment Measurements
Finished length (from centre back)
41 1/4″ (104.5cm) 43″ (109cm) 44 1/4″ (112.5cm) 45 1/4″ (115cm) 46 1/4″ (117.5cm)
Finished measurement around bust
47″(119.5cm) 49″ (124.5cm) 51″ (129.5cm) 55″ (139.5cm) 59″ (149.5cm)
Finished measurement around hip
49″ (124.5cm) 51″ (129.5cm) 53″ (134.5cm) 57″ (144.5cm) 61″ (154.5cm)
Finished length of sleeve (with cuff turned back)
15 3/4″ (40cm) 16″ (40.5cm) 16 1/4″ (41cm) 16 3/4″ (42.5cm) 17 1/4″ (44cm)
Judy is wearing a Size 4, which is true to her size with plenty of room to fit a jumper underneath and for snuggly wrapping. Due to the cut of the garment, the bust and hip measurements are the ones to work to – grading between the two if necessary.
About the fabrics
We’re currently offering our Florence Coatigan Kit in FIVE fabulous colours. Click on the links below to find out more about each fabric. (The individual fabric pages are flagged ‘Out of stock’ – that’s because these fabrics are currently only available as kit options. Kit stock levels are as indicated at the top of this page).
‘Merlin’ soft indigo blue boiled wool fabric (We’re sorry – our indigo blue colourway is sold out – we hope to have more later in October 2020!)
What’s in the box?
- A length of the boiled wool colour you’ve selected, sufficient to create one Florence Coatigan in your chosen size
- A paper copy of the Florence Coat Pattern from Tessuti
- 1 reel of thread to match your chosen fabric
- A length of lightweight Vlieseline fusible interfacing
- A ballpoint sewing machine needle suitable for sewing boiled wool
Tips for creating your Florence Coatigan
We’re not offering a Sew-along for our Florence Coatigan Kit since we really don’t think we can improve on the Tessuti instructions for constructing this garment. However we’ll be more than happy to help if you have any questions at all about how to create your coatigan – just contact us!
However we do have a few hints and tips that might help you along the way:
- You’ll need to prepare your length of fabric by steaming it gently before cutting. To do this, hold a steam iron 1 inch away from the fabric and steam the fabric without touching it, working down the length. Do not press the fabric as the texture will be flattened.
- Use a cool iron and a pressing cloth to gently press areas of the garment during construction where necessary, first placing a towel between the garment and the ironing board.
- We suggest that using a rotary cutter would be a good way of achieving sharp, clean lines along the cut edges of your garment. You can of course use scissors – but take it slowly to avoid leaving jagged marks between snips.
- Boiled wool is a textured fabric and using a longer stitch length will help define your top-stitching (and will be easier to unpick if required!) We used a 4mm stitch length on Judy’s version.
- Your kit includes a ball-point needle for use in your machine – we’ve tested that and it worked nicely. If you do have skipped stitches then you might try testing a ‘Universal’ needle on an off-cut. Oh – and slow down!