Cashmerette Fuller turned coatigan!

Cashmerette Fuller hacked into a coatigan using a ponte that has been languishing in my stash for a long time.

This is the Cashmerette Fuller graded up in size and lengthened into a coatigan.
This started because I have had this cool green and navy cotton fleece for ages ( and can’t figure out what to make with it. It is fleecy on the inside, so quite thick but has only a one way very small amount of stretch. So it’s not suitable for any patterns for sweatshirt fabric.

Wearable muslin

I thought if I graded up the Fuller and lengthened it, it might work for non-stretch fabric. But I wanted to test it first in this blue. It’s turned out to be a wearable muslin! The blue grades towards dark navy/black towards the selvage and there is no width ways stretch so it should have been a match. However, now I don’t know if it is because it does have a little vertical stretch.
I have had this blue fabric in my stash for ever and I bought it when I didn’t know that Ponte varied in quality. So it’s not the best quality really and I’d say it’s all polyester so I didn’t want anything next to my skin. But I think it has worked for this coatigan. But now I see it partly works because it has some drape and my green and navy fleece does not! Ah me.

Neck binding

I cut strips of fabric 1.5” wide and used some of this to bind the neck using the binder attachment on my coverstitch machine.
Button placket
I used more of it to create a facing/button placket which I interfaced with non-stretch interfacing.

I use a 1.5″ strip of the fabric from the selvage side to bind the neckline. The ‘tails’ of the binding were then folded into the placket/facing.


I brought the facing right down to the hem. I folded up the coat hem and mitred it at the corners with the facing.

I mitred the join between the placket and the hem of the coatigan.

Snaps instead of buttons

I used snaps instead of buttons. These kind of worked but they struggled to get through all the layers and some of them have come off. I had tested them on the same fabric but without interfacing. Lesson learned! I’ve managed to hammer them back on but I’m going to use these as little as possible so I suppose they’re really only decorative. They were labelled ‘anorak’ snaps which I thought would be sturdy enough, but they didn’t work well in this project.


I used the pocket pattern piece from the Helen’s Closet Pona jacket and then I curved the top to match the neckline of the coatigan. I also curved the bottom corners a little.
I bound the top of the pockets instead of turning a hem so I used rivets instead of barracks to strengthen the corners. There were a lot of layers of fabric here! I don’t often use that sticky placement tape, but it was very useful here.


There are darts in the shoulders and at the bust, which give this pattern nice shaping. I serged them all to avoid having flaps of fabric hanging around.

Back to wear I started (but I have a nice coatigan!)?

I may make this again but not sure if it will be in the green and blue intended fabric!

The top is a hacked version of the Wiksten shift top; and the trousers are a very old Vogue pattern.

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