The I AM Patterns' Rê is a classic duffle coat. It's an iconic, timeless garment loaded with the elements and details of the original Montgomery coat: toggle closures, a 3-piece hood with button tab, a shoulder yoke, two large patch pockets with flaps, a two-piece sleeve and a tightening tab. It has a straight cut but still feels fitted. There are 2 length options: hip and mid-thigh. This is great pattern for sewists looking to create a long-lasting wardrobe.
In an effort to reduce paper usage some pattern pieces overlap with each other, so you will need to trace the pattern on paper or using Cloth Edit’s Vilene Light. It is fantastic for tracing patterns, and you can even sew it, which makes it great for fitting. (Note - the overlapping is neither extensive nor hard to discern).
The packaging for I AM Patterns is beautiful but tricky to get into without ripping the lovely gold card that backs the pattern. Our suggestion is to jiggle the pattern down as far as it goes, and neatly cut off the top of the pattern. You will need to snip off approximately 1.75cm, but take care to steer clear of the pattern itself.
Select Wool coating such as duffle, boiled wool, wool gabardine, melton, tweed, bouclette…
Lining: lightweight fabrics such as duchess satin, cupro, habutai, polyester lining…
4 buttons of 3/4″ (18mm) diameter
- A: 4 pairs – 5″ (13cm) long
- B: 5 pairs – 5″ (13cm) long
Cardboard for the ironing template
Optional: iron-on interfacing: 31″ by 35″ (80cm x 90cm)
*In the instructions booklet they explain how to create your own toggle fastenings using, toggles, drawstring and leather or non-fray fabric.
This pattern covers the size range of 36-46. The image includes measurements for other sizes, but sizes 48-52 relate to the PDF version, only available directly from the pattern company.
Level of Difficulty
I AM Patterns indicates that this is an 'intermediate' pattern. The instructions are clear, with step by step illustrations.