Le Cropped Trench

Le Cropped Trench
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The trench coat is one of the first things I think of when I think about classic French style. I have decided I need some me-made trench coats in my life.. largely inspired by my good sewing friend Bianca who made not one but TWO gorgeous ones recently (read all about those here and here).

With spring well underway and summer approaching, I thought I’d start off with a cropped trench coat rather than a full one. I had seen a handful of examples on Pinterest and I really liked the look of them, so I set out to find a pattern to base it on… and as soon as I saw Vogue 1467, I thought, “that’s the one!”. It’s actually a peacoat pattern, intended for coatings, but structurally it had what I was looking for – short length, double breasted, and even had an interesting feature at the centre back neckline.

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StyleArc Etta in Malhia Kent

StyleArc Etta in Malhia Kent

I was looking for a panelled skirt pattern the other day, and as soon as I saw the Etta Skirt by Style Arc Patterns, I knew she was just the sort of thing I wanted.

After A recent Paris trip, I’d acquired a little stash of Malhia Kent woven fabrics in awkward/small offcuts, which I’m on a mission to incorporate into my next few projects. For this skirt I used one that’s a silver/metallic mixed with black, teal and grey threads. It’s pretty thick, so I paired it with a fairly thick black boucle wool from Linton Tweeds.


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Clover trousers 

Clover trousers 

*Happy dance, happy dance* … I made a pair of trousers!

  
So, a while ago I posted about making up a few muslins for a pair of Colette Clover trousers – I’m British, sorry, I can’t call them pants – and how I got to a fit that I was happy with. I have always struggled to find trousers that fit me well so it’s definitely a sewing goal of mine to plug that wardrobe gap.

I’ve had this pair mostly sewn up for a while, but hadn’t gotten around to sorting out a waistband or inserting the zip. I decided to spend Baby Boy’s nap time trying to finish them off, and true enough, once I got started it really didn’t take that long.

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Stashbusting! Planning my 2016 wardrobe essentials.. (Part one)

Stashbusting! Planning my 2016 wardrobe essentials.. (Part one)

  

I’ve been in a frenzy of sewing-related shopping activity since I decided to start sewing a couple of months ago. I’ve bought patterns, tools, books, online courses, and fabric.. Lots of fabric. I’m hooked!
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