Hey y'all! As part of my first Social Sew, I challenged myself to make that most springy of wardrobe builders--the trench coat. I picked (with the help of instagram!) Burda 12/2011 #118. I liked its clean, minimalist lines: no topstitching, no million buttons, but still definitely recognizable as a trench coat.
Instead of buttons, it closes with snaps--I used some of the leftover gold snaps from my pink coat. I am all about the snaps for two reasons: 1. no buttons to make the front of your garment look too busy means I can add bows, and 2. no making buttonholes.
The pattern has a half-lining and I was planning on doing that and then binding my seams with this pretty bubblegum pink binding, but I had forgotten that the wrong side of this fabric is like, swamp green. A full lining (in lavender, with a peek of that pink bias tape) was an easy alteration.
I definitely needed the constraints of the Social Sew to inspire me to finish this... I don't often use burda patterns because the instructions can be confusing. Most of the trench construction was fairly straightforward, but the collar instructions gave me some trouble, I ended up reinserting the collar twice! Also, I couldn't find any completed pictures of the back of the coat, so I wasn't sure what was going on back there either. It basically has a deep pleat down the center, the top of which is covered by the flap at the shoulders. Although the front of the trench is flat, the volume of the pleat will allow me to wear my full skirts underneath.
Finally, I sewed my first set of welt pockets--they are far from perfect from the inside, but they do look great on the outside! I'm pretty pleased with myself for tackling them even if they won't be winning any awards.
I'm hoping to spray this coat down, not to make it entirely waterproof, but to add at least a bit of water resistance. Have any of y'all ever scotchguarded or otherwise waterproofed something you've made? How did it go?
There's still time to join the very first Social Sew!
The theme is "Spring Showers" and we would love to have you...
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ps: the next social sew begins may 1--the theme is "me made basics"... just in time for #mmmay16! :)
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