Up Next: The Trench Coat

12:30 AM

InStyle, December 2007

I have been completely obsessed with sewing a trench coat since around this time last year. Even though I never got around to doing it, it has always been on my mind.

The trench coat is as iconic as the CHANEL jacket and it's a wardrobe must have.... just ask Tim Gunn! The trench coat is a descendant of the heavy serge coats worn by British and French soldiers in World War I. The trench coat was created by Thomas Burberry, the inventor of gabardine fabric, who submitted a design for an army officer's raincoat to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. Burberry's raincoat subsequently became part of the service uniform of British officers and was dubbed "trench coat" by the soldiers in the trenches. Therefore, I present you with my inspiration:

Burberry London Mikado Trench Coat

And this is my pattern:

I'll be doing my coat in the same shade of electric blue as the Burberry Mikado. I wanted mine in a more "everyday-wearable" fabric than the satin that Burberry used. I choose a high-performance microfiber for mine.

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  1. I'm in the process of making a trench. I'm using the Silhouettes #1925 Barbara's Trench. Fingers crossed. It's a ton of small pieces. LOL Best to you.


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