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New Pattern Release: The Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion Pack!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Expand your Willa Wrap Coat styling possibilities with the Hood Expansion!

A little bit dramatic, modern-day witch, a little bit Elven-inspired - say hello to the Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion Pack!

I released the Willa Wrap Coat just over two years ago, and have wanted to add on a hooded expansion pack ever since. The Will Hood expansion will take your original Willa Wrap Coat and step it up 10 notches - keeping you cosy and stylish in all weather.

The Willa Wrap Coat and the Hood Expansion Pack are available in both the Original and Curve sizes, with A to F cups included, in sizes ranging from an NZ size 6 to 34.

The Details

Let the Willa Wrap Coat Hood Expansion expand the possibilities of your original Willa Coat pattern by adding on the practicality of a hood - keeping you safe and dry during all the weather the seasons can throw at you.

Willa's hood has the wide, deep, draped style of hoods you commonly see in coats and ponchos of the 40s and 50s. This hood balances chic design with practicality, and elevates the styling possibilities of the original coat. Wear it completely buttoned up, partially done up (with that dramatic, sweeping collar) or totally open - the choice is yours.

You can now safely wear your Willa Wrap Coat during windy days and wet evenings, safe in the knowledge you'll be comfortable and dry, and your hairstyle won't get ruined.

The Sew Along

Filled with videos and photo tutorials, the Willa Wrap Coat Sew Along guides you through every step of your coat construction. As well as including additional tips and tricks - like how to make thread chains if you don't want to sew on belt loops - the sew along also includes free additional pattern pieces like the inseam pocket I've used in this hooded coat.

When the original Willa Wrap Coat was released back in December 2020, I knew I wanted to follow it up with the release of a full Sew Along, to set minds at ease for those of you that have always wanted to sew a coat, but felt worried about dipping your toes in.

If you're wanting a hand-held, in-depth look into the constructions of the Willa Wrap Coat, then make sure you check it out. The Hood Expansion does include some additional steps in the construction, but in general, follows along the same steps of your original pattern.

Let's take a deep dive into the world of coat sewing together...

Using your Expansion Pack...

This is not a complete pattern.

You will need your original pattern and instruction booklet to use this expansion.

I've designed this expansion pack so that there is no need to re-print your entire Willa Wrap Coat pattern. Simply print out the expansion pattern and swap out the pieces indicated in your Instructions. Construction is largely the same, with a few key additional steps needed to construct the hood.

When you're ready to make the original version again, just swap your Hood pieces back for your original ones and continue as usual. This is all laid out, step by step, in your Expansion Pack Instructions.

Your Expansion pack includes expansion hood front pieces, facing pieces and an extra interfacing piece, as well as the additional instructions needed for constructing a hooded Willa Wrap Coat.

Please note that the expansion instructions refer to your original instructions often where techniques and steps are the same as the original - so keep these handy during construction.

The Model

I wear a 10C/D cup hooded Willa Wrap Coat in the Original sizes, made in a mid-weight wool blend outer coat with a full silk lining.

You can read more about me on the pattern listing page here.

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I've popped up some recent Reels on choosing your JLH Cup Size and the importance of choosing the right High Bust size for a great fit in the upper bodice. Check them out if you're unsure what size to go for OR send me an email with your measurements and I'll happily point you in the right direction (I LOVE helping with sizing).

And while you're at it, when sharing your makes to the 'gram, tag me or use the hashtags #JLHWillaWrapCoat#JLHCurve or #SewJLH so I can see and share them too.

Digital Release Only

You can choose to purchase your pattern either as an individual size range (Original or Curve), OR in an economical bundle if you'd like to have both ranges on hand. Your pattern will be delivered instantly to your inbox after you check out, and from there, you can choose my easy-to-assemble print at home file or send the A0 file to a print shop and have them print it for you.

The Layers Function is included in all pattern files, so you can turn on and off any number/combination of sizes your heart desires.

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