Tenacity

UPDATE 3/16/14: My friend sent me a picture of her in her new “raintrench”. Perfect day to wear it since it’s been raining since last night. Looks perfect on her!

Val in her raintrench

Val in her raintrench

I had a hard time coming up with the title of this post, since I experienced several emotions upon finishing the coat. It took longer than I would have liked it to, but through sheer perseverance, I was able to finish it. So hooray, it’s done, and I’m happy, and my friend, who I made this for, is happy.

Trenchcoat

Finished trenchcoat

A while ago, I bought this laminated polyester from Denver Fabric. They called it rain slicker fabric, so I figured it was a perfect choice for a waterproof trenchcoat. Sadly, when I got the fabric, I wasn’t too keen on it. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t what I expected it to be, so I shelved it. Then, a few months ago, I asked a friend if she’d be interested in the trenchcoat I was planning on making and she said she would be and I was happy to finally be getting the project out of my stash.

Trenchcoat Epaulets

Top-stitched epaulets and collar

Laminated polyester isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, it’s going on my DNS list (do not sew) right next to faux fur and (maybe) velvet. Once you make a hole in it, it’s there FOREVER! That means, no pins, and being a complete perfectionist when sewing it. Also, it was difficult to shape the sleeve cap, so I did the best I could with the fabric.

Trenchcoat Back

Back has a yoke and vent

I think the fabric was the only thing that made this project not-so-fun. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the look of this trenchcoat. There are a ton of pieces that go into this coat, but it makes it look very professional looking. Sadly, the pattern is discontinued, so if you want to make it, you’ll need to find it on Etsy or eBay or a pattern trade.

Trenchcoat Sleeve

Belted cuff on sleeves and a peek of the pocket lining

So yeah, can’t really say I have much love for sewing a garment with laminated polyester. Since you can’t put a pin in it, I used Clover Wonder Clips to hold my fabric together when I sewed it. It’s difficult to iron; it doesn’t melt (thankfully), but if you touch it after ironing it, expect to be burned. It also won’t hold it’s shape after you iron it either. So I used some super duty craft sew-in interfacing to make sure it kept it’s shape.

Trenchcoat pocket

Top-stitched pocket and front of coat

I loved the top-stitching with this pattern, and I can’t wait to make a trenchcoat for myself. My friend also picked the color of the lining. She went with an aquamarine blue which is a nice complement to the dark grey exterior: rainy Seattle sky on the outside, sunny Seattle sky on the inside. Perfect!

Trenchcoat inside

Contrasting lining

On to my review for Pattern Review.

Pattern Description

From the pattern envelope: Semi-fitted, lined, double-breasted jacket and coat have collar, lengths and sleeve variations, shoulder pads, princess seams and side front pockets; back vent; belt carriers; epaulets with button closure; pocket flaps with button trim; collar tab; back buttoned yoke; sleeves with button bands; topstitch trim, button closure; self-tie belt.

Pattern Sizing

Made a size 14. No alterations.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yep!

Were the instructions easy to follow?

There’s a ton of them, but they were definitely easy to follow. Just make sure you’re following the instructions for the right coat/jacket from the pattern.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved the pattern. I loved how professional the coat looked when it was done. There really wasn’t one bad thing about this pattern at all.

Fabric Used

Laminated polyester (“rain slicker” fabric from Denver Fabrics).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Absolutely. I want to make one for myself eventually. And I highly recommend the pattern to anyone who wants a classic trenchcoat, if you have it in your stash or find it elsewhere, since the pattern is discontinued.

Conclusion

Awesome pattern, terrible fabric choice, but it all worked out in the end.

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10 thoughts on “Tenacity

  1. It turned out fantastic, I am working on a trench and hopefully the fabric will be what I am hoping, I ordered it from Mood. What pattern did you use? I am using McCalls 5525.

    • Thanks, Morgan! Yeah, if I don’t have to be so paranoid about my seams/stitches on the next one (and having already made one previously), the next one should be cake :)

    • Thanks, Nakisha! I like “taming”; I originally thought it was more like the fabric and I came to an understanding. :)

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