It's starting to rain, it's cold and misty in the morning, and the leaves are definitely turning - it's coat weather! In the past few years, indie pattern companies have been upping their outer wear game and we have a lot beautiful patterns and fabrics for your coat making needs. I pulled together some of my favorites here.
The Landgate jacket, by Merchant & Mills, is perfect for Portland. It's small enough to keep in your bag, the hood will keep the rain away, and it's got a practical, vintage look that I really like. This rust colored upholstery weight fabric would be durable and would take to an Otter Wax treatment beautifully.
I also love the sophisticated Strand Coat. It's clean and timeless. It would be beautiful in a the espresso colored wool we have in the store, but I would make it up in this indigo-with-a-hint-of-eggplant heavy weight organic cotton. The color is beautiful and elusive in front of a camera. It's a beautiful hand-spun, hand-woven fabric that just has to be seen and felt.
A classic toggle coat like the Cascade Duffle, by Grainline, could be a go-to coat October through March. This tweedy wool blend would be a great l ighter weight jacket. If you want something heavier, I think the cropped jacket in our red wool/nylon blend would be a toasty knock out.
The Seymour jacket by Sewaholic, is the perfect hiking jacket - it'll keep the rain away while you're tromping through the Gorge or Forest Park, but you won't get too hot like you would with a full-sleeved rain coat. I think it would be really fun in one a light-weight printed canvas. I would like to it made up in this organic canvas print from Anna Graham of Noodlehead.
Do you have any outerwear on your sewing list this fall?