Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

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Arbutus Coat Hack

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

One of the questions that came up when we were working on the Arbutus Robe was: Does this pattern work as a coat? I’m excited to share the answer with you today – yes, yes it does!

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Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

The oversized coat is still big in ready-to-wear this year, and there are some cool wrap style coats, coatigans, and shackets out there on the market. Some feature a shawl collar that is remarkably similar to our new Arbutus Robe pattern! How could we not give it a try!?

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I decided to sew this Arbutus Coat Hack in a wool coating that I got from Blackbird Fabrics last year. It’s decently thick but I still managed to sew all the details and get a nice clean finish on the inside. I always enjoy sewing with wool because it presses SO beautifully. I love using my tailors clapper to get a really nice, clean press. 

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I did not need to make any changes to the pattern to make this coat. I did end up tweaking a couple of things but overall, it was sewn as-is. I made the shorter length with the longer sleeve. I think the longer view would be incredible as a coat as well, but I didn’t have enough wool on hand.

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I opted to sew a cuff facing instead of the full Arbutus cuff because I thought that looked a bit too robe-y. To sew a cuff facing, I just cut my cuff pattern piece in half lengthwise at the widest point and sewed it on with right sides together so I could press it to the inside of the sleeve. Arbutus is designed to have a turned up cuff, so you do not need to add length to the sleeve.

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I decided to sew the belt loops on flat instead of sandwiching them in the seam. This made for a neater loop that looks a bit more elegant. I also did two lines of stitching around the pockets to make them extra strong and secure. 

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

This jacket is unlined but thanks to the topstitched facing and collar that are already included with Arbutus, a lining is not necessary. It would certainly be possible to sew a lining and I may do a future blog post about that if there is interest. In the mean time, you can check out our Pona Lining hack to see how it is done! 

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I’m quite proud of the pattern matching I was able to achieve on this coat. I matched the horizontal lines across the fronts, back, collar,  pockets, and front facings! The front facings were a nice touch because they do show when the robe is worn open. I chose to cut the ties so they would be stripey snakes. I always do this when I have stripey prints and I always think “snake” – do you think that too?

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog

I enjoy wearing this coat both open and closed. It’s sooooo comfortable and it still looks really chic! I would feel great wearing this for a casual walk or over a more formal look for an evening out. I feel like its versatility will come in handy!

Arbutus Robe Coat Hack - Helen's Closet Patterns Blog
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Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

2 Comments on “Arbutus Coat Hack”

  1. What would you need to change if you wanted to add snap closures rather than the belt. My fabric is rather thick.
    I really like how versatile this pattern is!
    Valerie

    1. Hi Valerie,

      You wouldnt need to change much! You can simply sew on snaps where you wish the robe to close. I would use a sturdy fabric like a flannel for this. Keep in mind that this robe is roomy and will fit oversized without the belt to cinch it in.

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