• Trench coat interfacing
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    Trench coat project part 2: Off-graining and interfacing

    The first part of the trench coat project can be found here. The next part of the trench coat project was to off-grain the coat fronts, cut the main parts of the coat and attach interfacings. Off-graining the coat fronts Some people were asking for me to explain the off-graining process, so here is a description of what I did. I must warn you that I am not a professional and I only write this down as I have understood it. I recommend using this description as an inspiration only and finding a book written by a professional to learn it properly. One excellent book for this is Couture the Art…

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    Trench coat project part 1

    Aquite a while ago I wrote about my plans of making a trench coat. At that time I had the basic materials ready but was still browsing through the internet to find the perfect pattern. I was annoyed to have found out that McCall’s 5525 trench coat pattern was sold out. However, guess what! I was super lucky to find the exact pattern on Ebay after weeks of searching!  Now, I said that I hated making toiles. Well, for this coat I made an exception since the materials alone were expensive. I also really need this coat so I did not want to spend weeks making this coat and then…

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    Trench coat plans

    This post contains a few affiliate links. Clicking on them helps me to maintain this blog. I have been dreaming about sewing my own trench coat for a while. Now that my old one is starting to show some wear and tear I have really started planning. It was difficult to find a pattern for the trench coat. Burda has several options: Trench Coat 12/2011 #118 Trench Coat 10/2015 #129 Mint Trench Coat 09/2015 #105 Gabardine Trenchcoat 09/2010 #113B Piped Trench Coat 11/2012 #118 The problem in the Burda patterns for me is that the fit is often quite hit and miss, especially what comes to the shoulders and the…

  • Passenger Trench Coat from Ottobre Design 1/2013
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    A Little Pink Squirrel a.k.a. Passenger Trench Coat

    S has grown so that the old beloved H&M trench coat was way too small. However, sometimes a young lady needs a pretty coat and the days are getting chillier, so I took up a challenge to sew a trench coat using the Passenger Trench Coat pattern from Ottobre Design 1/2013. I had bought a lovely dusty pink microfiber fabric already at spring and cut out the pattern pieces. After that I chickened out. The number of pieces and especially the scary pockets made me store the pieces to the shelves to wait some extra courage. Finally last week, after watching a marathon of The Great British Sewing Bee, I started…