Folkwear 118 Tibetan Panel Coat



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Buy the 118 Tibetan Panel Coat sewing pattern from Folkwear. This full-length vest or sleeveless coat is still worn by Tibetans today on festive occasions.

Traditionally constructed of simple contrasting panels of handwoven wool, rectangular solid colour panels alternate with horizontal striped wedge-shaped panels, creating an overlap front opening. Worn open or belted, the neckband extends to the hem. Facings are turned to the inside along the front opening, hem, side vents and armhole. An additional decorative facing is turned to the outside underarm and shoulder area. Instructions are given for a simple optional lining, which eliminates the need to finish the seams.

Mix and match your favourite fabrics for a truly unique look. Its simple rectangular components make it perfect for pieced or handwoven fabrics, or exciting combinations of colour and texture. Notes for handweavers are included.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). What is Copy Shop?

Note if purchasing copy shop printing: Some of the pattern pieces are divided across two A0 sheets. The A0 sheets will need to be joined with no overlap. 

Suggested fabrics:

Fabrics 1 and 2 (contrasting panels): Muted plaids, tweeds, solid colour wools; printed or solid colour corduroys and velvets; handwoven fabrics; panels similar in tone or texture. OR you may use the same fabric for all panels.

Fabric 3 (optional): Decorative fabrics such as brocade, velvet, chintz, embroidered heirlooms; other fabrics as above.

Fabric 4 (facings): Light to medium-weight cotton, wool or blends.

Fabric 5 (optional lining): Lining-weight cotton or blends.

Fabric requirements: Yardages are given for fabrics with or without nap, except as noted. To make contrasting panels from the same fabric, using lining yardages.

36″ (91 cm) wide fabric: Fabric 1, 2 1/2 yd (2.29 m) // Fabric 2, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m)** // Fabric 3, 3/8 yd (0.35 m) // Fabric 4, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 5 (no nap): 2 1/2 yd (2.30 m).

45″ (1.15 m) wide fabric: Fabric 1, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 2, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 3, 3/8 yd (0.35 m) // Fabric 4, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 5, 2 1/2 yd (2.30 m).

60″ (1.50 m) wide fabric: Fabric 1, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 2, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 3, 3/8 yd (0.35 m) // Fabric 4, 1 1/2 yd (1.40 m) // Fabric 5, 1 7/8 yd (1.75 m).

** Napped fabrics, 1 7/8 yd (1.72 m).

Sizing: US 6 – 18 (approx. UK 4/6 – 14, based on our standardised size chart). Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements. Note: Even though additional sizes appear on the size chart, this pattern only includes sizes US 6 – 18.

Notions: Thread.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern (59 pages); 36″ wide copy shop pattern (1 sheet); A0 copy shop pattern (4 sheets).

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Additional information


Denim / Corduroy, Velvet, Wools

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level



UK 4 / US 0 / EU 32, UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42

Pattern format

PDF, PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

59 Pages

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