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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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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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