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Named Isla Trench Coat – Part 2

(EDIT: I discovered, in August 2021, that this post has been languishing in my drafts since January. FAIL! Anyway, here it is, for posterity, published many months later!)

My previous post has all the details about the preparation and assembly of the trench coat. So, without further ado, here’s the big reveal!

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Named Isla Trench Coat: Part 1

I have a long-running ‘wardrobe wishlist’ of core, classic pieces I want to make for my wardrobe. Many of the items feature on the usual ‘capsule wardrobe’ lists – you know: a pencil skirt, cigarette pants, a smart wool coat, the perfect white shirt, and so on. In fact, my search for a classic pencil skirt sewing pattern with all my ideal features led me to draft the first version of my Agnes Skirt sewing pattern.

Last summer, given the restrictions imposed in response to the Covid pandemic, like so many other people I spent a lot more time than usual at home. I started to think about working through that list again, and I found my eye drawn repeatedly to one item in particular: the trench coat. And so began a project that took almost six months to complete, but that I FINALLY finished in the last days of 2020! To be fair, I had to set the project aside for long periods within that six months, so in real terms this was probably more of a two-week kind of project. But, here we are!

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My kind of skirt suit

I’m a big fan of using patterns as many times as possible. I’m working towards building up a core set of tried and true basic patterns for which I’ve worked out all the fit adjustments, that I know I can just pick up, cut and sew. My very own Pearson and Pope Agnes Skirt pattern is definitely one of them – I’ve now got a collection of almost ten Agnes Skirts! And I now realise that I’ve had a great collarless jacket pattern sitting in my pattern stash all along! And so, I made a skirt suit…

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Mimi G Simplicity 8890 cropped trench

Shall we just skip the standard “wow, it has been a while since my last post!” intro? What can I say, life gets in the way 🙂 … I have still been busy making, though, and now plan to catch up on my blog posts and reviews, starting with this beauty:

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SOI Cocoon Coat (two ways)

The final few months of 2018 have been quite hectic for me, and I haven’t been able to eke out as much sewing time as I would have liked. However, I am very pleased to have finished two items before the end of the year – a couple of Sew Over It Cocoon Coats!

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