A chef's coat designates her as the master of the kitchen, and the rest of the uniform is easily recognisable with checkered trousers and white hat. The coat is traditionally white, double-breasted with buttons, covers and protects the body and has full-length sleeves. If you decide to make your own chef coat, you will be able to choose the fabric, colours and accessories, as well as tailor it to fit you exactly, allowing for comfort of movement.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Chef coat pattern
- Sewing machine
- White thread
- Tailor's chalk
Take your measurements, including chest, waist and arm, and measure how long your coat will be. The coat should fall to around the top of the thigh and be close-fitting.
Read the pattern's instructions to ensure you understand what you need to do, and in which order to sew the pieces together. McCall makes an easy-to-follow pattern. Check the size against your measurements so you know how much material to purchase.
Choose a hard-wearing cotton so that it can be washed at high temperatures, as the coat will get splashed and dirty during cooking. If you select the traditional white, you can be bleach the garment if it becomes stained.
Pin your pattern to the material and cut out the pieces. Mark the darts and sew-on markers as indicated on the pattern.
Use a tacking stitch to loosely sew the garment together. Check the fit and adjust where necessary.
Sew the coat, and try to use a double or triple seam to strengthen it. Add buttons or the more traditional large knots instead. Customise the coat by embroidering your name or initials to the pockets or lapel.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure your coat is tight-fitting so you do not accidentally catch sleeves on pan handles or other objects.
- Ensure the coat's material is flame retardent. It will be your first defence against spills and splashes.
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