Make the TN31 Parka

Availability: in-stock

Level – Advanced

TN31 is a relaxed and versatile interpretation of the classic fishtail parka. Lined or unlined it can work for all seasons. It has side pockets, front welt pockets, a back vent and optional drawstring waist. In this class you can make the lined or the unlined version. Choose either to make it with the ribbed collar or the attached hood.

The TN31 Parka is one of our most involved patterns, it’s typically made up in dry oil cloth or wool fabrics. We require students to do a fair ammount of preparation at home before the class – this makes it an advanced class so we ask that you are a competent sewer with a good amount of dressmaking under your belt. You don’t need to have made a coat before. If you are unsure if this is the class for you feel free to contact us at

Skills you will take from this class:

  • Working with heavier weight fabrics like oilskin or wool.
  • How to sew a concealed button placket.
  • How to make welt pockets.
  • Inserting a lining.
  • Working with stretch ribbing.
  • Accurate and confident top stitching.

What is included in your class:

  • The TN31 Parka pattern.
  • The TN31 Hood addition.
  • Lunch on all 3 days.
  • Machine thread.
  • A Bernina sewing machine and overlocker. We ask that you don’t bring your own sewing machine please.
  • 10% discount in the Rye shop from the time of booking until your class finishes
  • Plentiful supply of tea/coffee and small snacks.
  • A Merchant & Mills notebook and pencil.
  • All relevant Merchant & Mills tools and notions.

Please note:

We require you to cut out the paper pattern and your fabric prior to attending the course. After booking your place, please contact us to discuss your fabric choice so that you can order it in plenty of time for you to prepare it before the course. This will give you more sewing time in the class! When you are placing your order, let us know and we will include the TN31 Parka pattern and the Hood addition if needed, in your order.

Please note we are offering a payment plan for this class. If you would like more information about this please email




Fabric is not included in this class.

We recommend using Dry Oilskin fabric or Wool for your Parka and would  suggest the Barrier Lining if you are doing the lined version.

We strongly suggest that you choose a plain fabric  as the pattern matching required for checks and stripes takes a long time to do and can impact on completing the projects within the time allocated.


 6 & 810 & 1214 to 18
120cm wide, without nap3.15M3.2M4M
140cm wide, without nap2.65M2.8M3.2M
150cm wide, without nap2.45M2.65M2.85M

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS: Unlined Parka Lining, i.e. pockets and drawstring casing. 

*the drawstring casing will not fit across the fabric for these sizes, to use less lining fabric add a seam to the centre back of the casing.

 6 & 810 & 1214 to 18
120cm wide, without nap0.4M1.4M*1.55M*
140cm wide, without nap0.4M0.4M0.4M
150cm wide, without nap0.4M0.4M0.4M


 6 & 810 & 1214 to 18
120cm wide, without nap3M3.1M3.25M
140cm wide, without nap2.55M2.75M3.1M
150cm wide, without nap2.3M2.45M2.85M


 6 & 810 & 1214 to 18
120cm wide, without nap3M3.05M3.1M
140cm wide, without nap2.3M2.7M3M
150cm wide, without nap2.05M2.3M2.75M
Fusible Interacing0.75M0.75M0.75M


Sleeve Length55.55656.55757.55858.5


 Size 6Size 8Size 10Size 12Size 14Size 16Size 18


Hood Addition:

You will need 1.2M's of drawstring cord.

Detachable hood 5 extra buttons.

Attached hood 1 extra button.

It is a personal preference whether you use the same size buttons for the hood as you have for the main body of the Parka. We would suggest using the same size or smaller, but not larger.

Attached Hood Self Lined

 Size 6 - 8Size 10 - 14Size 16 - 18
120cm wide, with or without nap0.75M0.75M0.75M
140cm wide, with or without nap0.65M0.75M0.75M
150cm wide, with or without nap0.6M0.75M0.75M

Attached Hood (same quantities needed in self and lining)

 Size 6 - 8Size 10 - 14Size 16 - 18
120 - 150cm wide, with or without nap0.55M0.6M0.6M

Detachable Hood Self Lined

 Size 6 - 8Size 10 - 14Size 16 - 18
120cm wide, with or without nap0.85M0.85M0.85M
140 - 150cm wide, with or without nap0.8M0.8M0.8M

Detachable Hood (same quantities needed in self and lining)

 Size 6 - 8Size 10 - 14Size 16 - 18
120 - 150cm wide, with or without nap0.55M0.6M0.6M

23rd - 25th Jan 10 - 5pm £300 ADD

  • Our courses are non refundable or transferable unless we have a reserve list, and we can fill your space.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the class giving you a two weeks notice. You will receive a full refund if your class is cancelled.
  • 10% discount can not be used for purchases of future classes.