Carlita coat: Sewing Instructions

Step 1: Draft and Cut the missing Lining and Facing Parts

Some parts for Carlita require you to draft parts from the existing parts. The following are a list of what parts you need to draft, see Carlita Cutting for details on how to cut them.


Front facing and Front lining
  • Trace off of Front part.
  • Cut along the green line.
  • Add seam allowance (if including) along green line to both pieces
  • The piece with the lapel is now the Front facing part.
  • Trim the hem allowance (if included) of the remaining piece to seam allowance length
  • The remaining piece is now the Front lining part.

The button and pocket markings are not needed for these parts so feel free not to trace them.


Don’t forget the seam allowance for these pieces when cutting if you are making these parts nett!

Front and Side Shoulder
  • Trace off of Front and Side parts.
  • Tape together so the notches match and armhole is complete. Do not worry about connecting everything else, you just need the armhole.
  • Draw a curve from shoulder to bottom of armhole.
  • Cut along this curve and discard the lower parts.
  • Separate out the pieces back into their front and side pieces.
  • These are now you *Front and Side shoulder parts.
Back shoulder
  • Trace off of Back part.
  • Cut along the orange line.
  • Discard lower piece.
  • Remove the seam allowances (if included) of the upper piece.
  • The upper piece is now the Back shoulder part.


Step 2 : Preliminary Instructions

Maker’s notes


We don’t have fully worked out instructions for Carlita yet. Below are some notes from @AnnekeCaramin who made Carlita.

  • Find and mark roll line on lapel,
  • Draft back stay & cut from heavy muslin or hair canvas if you want to be absolutely bulletproof
  • Iron interfacing onto back armholes, entire side front (except for seam & hem allowances), bias strips onto back hem
  • Stitch front shoulder hair canvas pieces to larger hair canvas piece (quilt together with parallel rows of stitching)
  • Attach front hair canvas thing to center front with permanent basting stitch
  • Get that thimble out and pad stitch the lapels
  • Tape the roll line
  • Tape the front and lapel edge
  • Take a picture and post it on social media because this looks so cool
  • Close back darts
  • Sew back seam in two parts. Baste the part that will form the pleat closed, fold down and press.
  • Baste the back stay to the shoulders, armholes and neckline
  • Stabilize waist seam with selvedge strip of muslin (optional)
  • Stabilize top of coat tail with strip of hair canvas (optional)
  • Fold, pin and baste pleats on coat tail piece
  • Sew waist seam and press up. Catch stitch waist seam to strip of muslin (optional)
  • Sew belt and pocket flap pieces with right sides together, turn and press.
  • Sew patch pocket top edge to lining, leaving a hole for turning later. Sew side and bottom edge of patch pocket to lining (make lining 1 mm smaller all around to make sure it doesn’t show on the outside). Turn and press.
  • Fold front welt pieces with right sides together, turn and press.
  • Place front welt on center front piece between notches. Put pocket bag on top. Match location of front welt and pocket bag on side front piece, pin second part of pocket bag in place. Stitch and press. Pin and sew princess seam up until pocket stitching, stop and continue after the pocket. Stitch the edges of the front welt down.
  • Place patch pocket and pocket flap on marked locations and attach.
  • Sew front sleeve seam. Attach cuff facing up until the cuff fold line. Stitch back sleeve seam, careful not to catch the facing. Sew the rest of the facing seam. Turn, press, fold cuff back and baste to keep in place.
  • Stitch upper lining piece to front facing. Stitch side front lining to front facing. (When using an extra back facing piece, leave top five cm of lining/facing seam unsewn)
  • Make inner pocket flap, fold and press welts. Mark welt location, pin welts, flap and pocket bag in place. Stitch. Slash between welts. Turn and press. Stitch those little triangle thingies to the welts and close pocket bag. Omg.
  • Optional: cut under collar on the bias to make it sit nicer. Interface collar stand. Sew collar stands to upper and under collar. Cut piece of hair canvas for under collar. Pad stitch under collar. Sew collar pieces around edge with right sides together, leaving bottom edge open. Turn and press. Fold collar into right shape around tailor’s ham or rolled up towel and steam the shit out of it.
  • Lining: optional: cut back neck facing from shell fabric to have something nice to sew a label on. Draft separate upper back lining piece. Stitch back seams, stitch darts as tucks. Stitch tail lining to upper back. Stitch shoulder and side seams on lining. Stitch shoulder seams on front and back facing. Stitch lining to facing, connecting the earlier stitching lines. Insert lining sleeves to mentally prepare for the real deal.
  • Get some shoulder pads or craft them yourself from hair canvas and cotton batting. Set in sleeves, cry, unpick, set in sleeves again. Add a strip of cotton batting to the sleeve head for maximum oomph. Attach shoulder pads.
  • Pin collar to neckline, matching center back to center collar. Mind the varying seam allowances! Baste in place. Pin facing/lining combo to neckline and front edge, sandwiching collar in between. Stitch carefully around the entire coat, including the bottom edge of the facing (leave the rest of the hem alone). Check for puckers or pleats, trim seams, turn the whole thing right side out and press.
  • Turn hem up, press and baste into place. Sew hem with an invisible stitch, then hand sew lining hem to coat.
  • Mark buttonholes on coat front and belt pieces. Make buttonholes and attach buttons.
  • Remove all basting still present, put on your coat, give yourself a pat on the back and then sleep for three weeks.

Other notes

  • Sew an arrowhead tack in the triangular area above the back pleat. This area is marked on the pattern by dashed lines and a bnotch at the triangle top. The arrowhead tack reinforces the pleat seam.