118 Tibetan Panel Coat


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Misses 6-18.

This sewing pattern for a traditional Tibetan panel coat, or sleeveless jacket or vest, is made from many panels of often-contrasting fabrics.  The coat is usually constructed of simple panels of handwoven wool - rectangular solid color panels alternate with horizontal striped wedge-shaped panels, creating an overlap front opening. It is worn belted or open with a neckband that 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 for a simple optional lining is provided.  This lining eliminates the need to finish the seams.

This ancient full-length vest or sleeveless coat is still worn by Tibetans today on special occasions. Its simple rectangular components make it perfect for pieced or handwoven fabrics, or exciting combinations of color and texture. Pattern includes instructions for traditional stamped design and bound edge, as well as notes for handweavers.

Suggested fabrics: Choose assorted combinations of prints and solids in similar weights. Light to medium-weight cotton, blends, corduroy, wool; decorative fabrics such as brocade, velvet, embroidered heirlooms; handwoven wool.

Yardage chart (.pdf)

Folkwear sizing chart (.pdf)


  • Sewing Tip:  Kelley Dean-Crowley of Martinez, California says that fabric choice is very important: "I made mine with silks and brocades, and wound up with a very dramatic garment that I hardly wear even though I love it. My next version will be made with more casual fabrics." Also, she suggests arranging the cut-out pattern pieces in assembly order on the floor (e.g. lay the side front next to the front), to make sure that you will sew them together in the right order.
  • Using Handwoven Fabric in your Folkwear patterns