Forester Coat - Women
Digital Pattern + Video Class

Forester Coat - Women
Digital Pattern + Video Class

$14.00 USD
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Go adventuring in comfort and style.

With a beautiful fit and lovely, professional-looking details, the Forester is a truly achievable outerwear pattern - we think you'll be surprised by how simple it is to make!

Skill Level: Adventurous beginner - Intermediate depending on options chosen. 

 video class for the Forester Coat sewing pattern by Twig + Tale

Video Support: A full course of clear, concise videos accompany this pattern, alongside a comprehensive written and photographed instruction booklet.

Sizing + Supplies

The Women's Forester Coat includes sizes 0-26. 
Size 0 starts where the children's sizes finish.

View size chart + materials list 

**  We will be updating all our adult patterns into our new size chart of 0-32. If you are interested in helping us test the updated sizing, please register your interest using this form, and we will be in contact when the time comes. 

Views + Add-ons
  • Collar + optional detachable hoods
  • Zipper closure (with snap or button alternative)
  • In-seam pockets


Women's Forester Coat Sewing Pattern by Twig + Tale

 

The Nestledown Pregnancy + Baby-Carry Add-on is designed to transform this coat into  both a pregnancy coat and baby wearing coat, with the use of clever zip-in panels.  You can view the add-on here.

Skill Level:  Adventurous Beginner - Intermediate   
The instructions are very detailed and clearly walk you through step-by-step, so an advanced beginner should feel comfortable sewing this. The Forester Coat also includes a full video tutorial as part of the pattern.  

Bonus Resources
Printing Info + FAQ

This is a PDF pattern and includes three printing options:

  1. US Letter/A4 - tiled and designed to print on your home printer
  2. Copyshop - A0 wide-format file (33.1″ x 46.8″) 
  3. Projector - specially-formatted and optimized for home projector use.  Read more about using our projector files here 

All pattern printing formats include “layers”, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. A comprehensive sewing instruction tutorial is supplied.

View pattern FAQ | Read more on the blog

Cover image by Sarah Connell

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Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
82%
(23)
11%
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7%
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Xuan (Krefeld, DE)
My first coat

Instructions and videos are clear and easy to follow.
Lining pocket add-on and Baby carry panel add-on worked well for me too.
Next time I make the coat, I'd try to fit it better around the waist.

M
Mirna Perendija- Kučević (Sarajevo, BA)

The pattern is detailed and precise. I would like it to have a longer variant and the sizes to be ready-made.

S
Susan Peever (Fort St. John, CA)
Forester Coat

I haven’t made the coat yet but if it is anything like your other patterns, I know I will love it. I just bought some wool stretch twill and this is the fabric I will be using.

B
Barb Bridges (Chilliwack, CA)
Forester Coat

I have not made this pattern yet however I have read through the instructions. I am an experienced novice and can see many of these coats in my future. Thank you for your wonderful patterns

S
Sharon Korb (Grand Forks, CA)
Impressed to say the least.

I’ve made the Trailblazer vest and the Forester coat. I have been a sewer for Over 50 years and i was very impressed with the 2 patterns and with the instructions which were super easy to follow. I love both my vest and my coat which fit great. I am a Canadian and will recommend to all my friends.

V
V.F. (St Louis, US)
easy to follow and versatile

I made two versions of this jacket, one for my mom and another for my sister.
I used softshell for the exterior and no lining except for the hoodie.
I like that it is indicated where to add fabric in case of needing to extend the coat. In my case, the sleeves were a bit tight, next round I'll make sure to add extra fabric at the end of the sleeve.
To both of them I adjusted the waist and hips according to their measures. I think that if the pattern had marks for bust, hip and waist would help, specially for the side panels.
The overall finish looked good. The back resulted a bit bulky on one of the coats so I made some pins in the back "on the fly"

I loved the versatility of the pattern with the options for detachable hoodie, back belt and so on; well, I think the options are hoodie on/off; I made it detchable by adding buttonholes to the hoodie and button on the back of the collar, I would recommend to add instructions for no lining since I had to improvise for some finishes.

S
Sarah (Edmonton, CA)
Great

Easy to follow instructions. It was my first attempt at adult outerwear and the written instructions along with the video clips made things very clear. I made up a version where the outer layer was wool and the lining was quilted (for winter in Canada) and it is serving me wonderful. I am planning on sewing up another one for the spring so you know I loved the pattern.

My only critque was that it is a little loose over the hips (usually I have to grade up to a larger size in the hips so I was surprised by this...) and that lets cold air in the bottom. I think this was more an issue with me being hesitant to fit the pattern too much since I was going for a warm winter jacket but next time I'll be more aggressive with the fitting side of things.

S
Sew_phisticated (Mönchengladbach, DE)
Good instructions, lining not professional

Good things first: Love the back! Incredibly good instructions (easy to follow, good pics, helpful even for beginners) - might be the best instruction ever!
Some complaints: The overall fit is...okay. The pockets just won't lie flat, no mattter what I did. The shoulder fits well, the bust is good and the rest is more or less shapeless. I wish for more fitting instructions for the waist. The pockets are not graded and therefore started to bunch (I made one of the smaller sizes, I guess it's less of an issue with bigger sizes). The instructions for the zipper should really make the interfacing on the egde non-optional (I learned my lesson the seam-ripper way).
Major complaint: The lining is basically sewn in on all sides, even the bottom. This makes for a less than professional finish and I'm sure the lining will soon sag and hang out and I will have to figure out how to fix it. There is a reason the lining is usually shorter on the bottom edge of a coat with a extra fold of lining to allow for movement. If I had noticed that before cutting (this was my first outerwear project) I would have done this differently! Maybe make an optional "professional finish" section?

S
Sew_phisticated (Mönchengladbach, DE)
Meh

Outer is 100% bolied wool, lining is an old cotton pillowcase and some viskose lining for the sleeves.
Sizing: I made size e, with my waist being exactly e and all other measurements being f. It is still really baggy below the bust. I don't like the fit in the waist much, but I "fixed" it by overlapping the back belt fully. I would reccomend making a size or maybe even two smaller than the size in the chart? The top part fits nicely.
Instructions: Very clear, well illustrated, videos are a plus, but I didn't even need them. Quite beginner-friendly. The zipper insertion could do with more details; issues with lining detailed below.
Deatils: I strongly dislike the way the lining is attached. It doesn't look professional, it is not pretty and I'm sure the lining will soon sag and then hang out at the bottom. I wish I had noticed before cutting and I wish there was some more seam allowance at the bottom and sleeves to make those adjustments easier. Alternatively, it would have been nice to have a "beginner" and a "pro" version at this step? The zipper in the materials list was waaaay too long. I could not get the pockets to lay flat, no matter what I did. Pockets are not graded with the sizes and therefore mine are a little bunched, I will probably fix that at some point. I really like the back yoke detail, as it offered "embroidery space" and looks very finished.
Overall: It's ok and I actually like wearing it. I'm happy that I was able to make my first outwerwear pattern but will probably not make it again for myself. If I make it again for someone else, I will change the lining.

K
Karen (Melbourne, AU)
Fantastically simple

So easy to follow instructions with video tutorials. Was so nervous about making a coat but I’m so happy that I gave it a go

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
82%
(23)
11%
(3)
7%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
X
Xuan (Krefeld, DE)
My first coat

Instructions and videos are clear and easy to follow.
Lining pocket add-on and Baby carry panel add-on worked well for me too.
Next time I make the coat, I'd try to fit it better around the waist.

M
Mirna Perendija- Kučević (Sarajevo, BA)

The pattern is detailed and precise. I would like it to have a longer variant and the sizes to be ready-made.

S
Susan Peever (Fort St. John, CA)
Forester Coat

I haven’t made the coat yet but if it is anything like your other patterns, I know I will love it. I just bought some wool stretch twill and this is the fabric I will be using.

B
Barb Bridges (Chilliwack, CA)
Forester Coat

I have not made this pattern yet however I have read through the instructions. I am an experienced novice and can see many of these coats in my future. Thank you for your wonderful patterns

S
Sharon Korb (Grand Forks, CA)
Impressed to say the least.

I’ve made the Trailblazer vest and the Forester coat. I have been a sewer for Over 50 years and i was very impressed with the 2 patterns and with the instructions which were super easy to follow. I love both my vest and my coat which fit great. I am a Canadian and will recommend to all my friends.

V
V.F. (St Louis, US)
easy to follow and versatile

I made two versions of this jacket, one for my mom and another for my sister.
I used softshell for the exterior and no lining except for the hoodie.
I like that it is indicated where to add fabric in case of needing to extend the coat. In my case, the sleeves were a bit tight, next round I'll make sure to add extra fabric at the end of the sleeve.
To both of them I adjusted the waist and hips according to their measures. I think that if the pattern had marks for bust, hip and waist would help, specially for the side panels.
The overall finish looked good. The back resulted a bit bulky on one of the coats so I made some pins in the back "on the fly"

I loved the versatility of the pattern with the options for detachable hoodie, back belt and so on; well, I think the options are hoodie on/off; I made it detchable by adding buttonholes to the hoodie and button on the back of the collar, I would recommend to add instructions for no lining since I had to improvise for some finishes.

S
Sarah (Edmonton, CA)
Great

Easy to follow instructions. It was my first attempt at adult outerwear and the written instructions along with the video clips made things very clear. I made up a version where the outer layer was wool and the lining was quilted (for winter in Canada) and it is serving me wonderful. I am planning on sewing up another one for the spring so you know I loved the pattern.

My only critque was that it is a little loose over the hips (usually I have to grade up to a larger size in the hips so I was surprised by this...) and that lets cold air in the bottom. I think this was more an issue with me being hesitant to fit the pattern too much since I was going for a warm winter jacket but next time I'll be more aggressive with the fitting side of things.

S
Sew_phisticated (Mönchengladbach, DE)
Good instructions, lining not professional

Good things first: Love the back! Incredibly good instructions (easy to follow, good pics, helpful even for beginners) - might be the best instruction ever!
Some complaints: The overall fit is...okay. The pockets just won't lie flat, no mattter what I did. The shoulder fits well, the bust is good and the rest is more or less shapeless. I wish for more fitting instructions for the waist. The pockets are not graded and therefore started to bunch (I made one of the smaller sizes, I guess it's less of an issue with bigger sizes). The instructions for the zipper should really make the interfacing on the egde non-optional (I learned my lesson the seam-ripper way).
Major complaint: The lining is basically sewn in on all sides, even the bottom. This makes for a less than professional finish and I'm sure the lining will soon sag and hang out and I will have to figure out how to fix it. There is a reason the lining is usually shorter on the bottom edge of a coat with a extra fold of lining to allow for movement. If I had noticed that before cutting (this was my first outerwear project) I would have done this differently! Maybe make an optional "professional finish" section?

S
Sew_phisticated (Mönchengladbach, DE)
Meh

Outer is 100% bolied wool, lining is an old cotton pillowcase and some viskose lining for the sleeves.
Sizing: I made size e, with my waist being exactly e and all other measurements being f. It is still really baggy below the bust. I don't like the fit in the waist much, but I "fixed" it by overlapping the back belt fully. I would reccomend making a size or maybe even two smaller than the size in the chart? The top part fits nicely.
Instructions: Very clear, well illustrated, videos are a plus, but I didn't even need them. Quite beginner-friendly. The zipper insertion could do with more details; issues with lining detailed below.
Deatils: I strongly dislike the way the lining is attached. It doesn't look professional, it is not pretty and I'm sure the lining will soon sag and then hang out at the bottom. I wish I had noticed before cutting and I wish there was some more seam allowance at the bottom and sleeves to make those adjustments easier. Alternatively, it would have been nice to have a "beginner" and a "pro" version at this step? The zipper in the materials list was waaaay too long. I could not get the pockets to lay flat, no matter what I did. Pockets are not graded with the sizes and therefore mine are a little bunched, I will probably fix that at some point. I really like the back yoke detail, as it offered "embroidery space" and looks very finished.
Overall: It's ok and I actually like wearing it. I'm happy that I was able to make my first outwerwear pattern but will probably not make it again for myself. If I make it again for someone else, I will change the lining.

K
Karen (Melbourne, AU)
Fantastically simple

So easy to follow instructions with video tutorials. Was so nervous about making a coat but I’m so happy that I gave it a go