Twig + Tale has released their new pattern this week – a men’s and women’s Forester Coat. I had the great opportunity of sewing up the jacket pre-release and although my husband possibly owns more clothes than me, it was a great opportunity to finally sew him something of substance beyond slippers and PJ pants.

Mens Forester Coat twig + tale

Hee hee, it still makes me giggle thinking of this photo shoot as it was 35C (in April!) so we followed the shoot with a swim to cool off! I’m looking forward to the cooler weather, one of these days, to see this gorgeous coat on this gorgeous man in action.

sleeve tabs mens winter coat pattern

This pattern like all Twig + Tale patterns doesn’t let you down. Plenty of features for you to choose from including the sleeve tabs featured above, detachable hoods, welt pockets, back belt (see below) 3 ways to close (snaps, buttons or zipper) and a nestle-down baby-wearing add-on! Where were these patterns when my cuddlies were babies!

back belt Forester coat

My coat was made from a woollen Glen Plaid and it is lined giving it a professional finish. Oh, I forgot to mention the awesome hidden pocket for phone or sunnies!

internal pocket Forester coat

A final option is to sew a wind flap over the front opening which, in my opinion, transforms the jacket from casual jacket to tailored coat.

wind flap Mens Forester coat pattern Twig + Tale

This is not the first jacket I’ve sewed so it came together pretty well – there are just a squillion pieces to cut out which takes a lot longer than the fraction-of-the-size kids sewing pieces I usually work with! My husband has broad shoulders so we chose a size to suit those and then had to take in a fair bit on the arm and bodice widths; and possibly could have come in a bit more, but with the current fit there is room for a jumper underneath.

Mens winter coat pattern

If you’ve never sewed a coat before feel confident choosing a Twig + Tale pattern to guide you. Lisa leaves no questions unanswered and includes a bunch of video tutorial links to really clear up any of the tricky parts.

Happy sewing!