Introducing Yvonne the latest sewing pattern – A ladies coatigan style.

A new arrival to the Bobbins and Buttons sewing pattern range! This is the Yvonne coatigan style.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

Yvonne is a relaxed fit coatigan style. A cross between a coat and a cardigan. A style I find really practical and useful when the weather fluctuates between warm and cool within a few hours, as it often does this time of year. Its enough cardigan to wear indoors when it gets a bit chilly and enough coat to pop on if you are heading out to the shop!

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

Sleeve options

The style features a slightly raised back neck with faced neck edge. This is the same for both cropped and longer length styles. The cropped version is shown here with the wide 3/4 sleeve. There are two cutting lines on the bodice pattern for the different sleeve options. The wider sleeve has a deeper armhole giving it a bit of a kimono vibe.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

The 3/4 sleeves could be worn with a long sleeve top in cooler weather, this one is styled with the Angie top. It could also be worn over a cami or summer dress in warmer weather.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

The long sleeve version has a slimmer sleeve. The dropped shoulder line gives the style a roomy relaxed fit.

Varying the fabric can give the Yvonne coatigan a different feel. This grey herringbone knit is a lighter weight. A good all round ‘go with anything’ stable. The cropped version above is made in scuba for a boxy shape and perhaps more part of an outfit. The other version is made in boucle which puts Yvonne into the coat/jacket category.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

Pocket options:

The cropped version has angled patch pockets which are stitched into the side seam and hem line.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

Simple rectangle patch pockets adorn the longer Yvonne coatigan, choose from smaller patch pockets shown here.

Or extra large wrap around pockets shown here.

Yvonne pattern Bobbins and buttons

The neckline is under-stitched around the facing for a neat finish. Yvonne is an edge to edge style so there are no buttons or buttonholes to deal with. If you are used to working with knit fabrics I think this is quite a simple garment to make. We have given this a rating of 3 out of 5 for difficulty, mainly because of the raised collar. I took the lead on this from the team of testers who all made great versions but decided it was a step beyond beginner.

As always the pattern is named after someone who I find inspiring. Yvonne is my Aunt who lives in South Africa. There is a lot I could write about our great relationship that started in the 80’s when I was a girl and met her for the first time. I was lucky enough to visit my Aunt and Uncle for a holiday in the early 2000’s. While touring this awe inspiring country my Aunt decided to take a detour to visit a museum called the owl house. We stumbled upon an Art centre in this tiny rural village called Nieu Bethesda. Little did I know that a few years later I would become the first volunteer teacher to teach the women of the community. It was this teaching experience that initiated the idea for Bobbins and Buttons!

I hope you enjoy the new pattern. At the moment it is only available as a pdf download. Keep an eye on social media for updates when the paper version will be available.


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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