Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Spy Girl Trench

I don't know how anyone gets by without a trench coat!
Super stylish and goes with practically any outfit, a trench coat is the perfect jacket for Autumn. 

Although the trench is a classic style, I struggled to find the perfect one on the high street. I basically wanted a Burberry trench but without the obscene price tag.
 As I couldn't find it, I of course made it. 

I used the Isla trench coat pattern by Named, and I'm super happy with the result!
The style is exactly what I was looking for!

I had never used Named patterns before, and I really enjoyed working with their pattern.  
 There is only one bad thing I have to say about the Named pattern I used, and that is that it works very much the same as Burda, where no seam allowance is included and the pieces overlap so have to be traced of. As there are many pieces, this drove me crazy. But other than that small niggle, the pattern was accurate and the instructions very clear. 

The back is super simple!
There is a cute belt under the collar,  which makes it look polished and sharp. 

The top cape effect is pretty cool.

Alongside the Amsterdam canals, this trench coat was giving off a sultry spy girl vibe. 

I didn't use any interfacing, except for the pockets, to stop fraying, so the collar does not stand up on its own. 
That would have been cool, but I would have only got makeup on it anyway so probably for the best after all. 

This pattern has plenty of technical details included. 
The pockets took a while to sew but were definitely worth it. 
The cuff belts frame the sleeves beautifully. 
The waist belt clinches in the waist, creating the perfect silhouette. 

I went with plain brown, tortoise shell effect, plastic buttons I bought off ebay, that marry well with the beige, pollycotton twill fabric I scoured Goldhawk road for. 

This wasn't a quick make, and there is a LOT of topstitching to do. But I took my time and everything went together swimmingly. 
That has a lot to do with the pattern instructions being so clear, which isn't always the case. 

Hopefully the clear backing buttons will stop the buttons from falling off, as I am very heavy handed on all of my buttons.
 Otherwise they do look very professional on the inside. 

I couldn't resist a quick flash of the turquoise lining along with the outfit that I will be posting about next.   ;-)

X O X O 



  1. WOW! I can't believe you made this, it's absolutely AMAZING! I need one immediately, totally in awe! xx

  2. Holy smoke, you are a super spy! That is MI5 quality issue right there. Love the pale lining surprise too! You're an inspiration xx

  3. You are such a talented lady! I have been searching for a trench coat too.. (no idea if I actually ended up giving away my cheap high street one from eons ago). But this pattern is definitely going on my "to-try" list.

    Perhaps one with a leopard print lining... ��

  4. Wait, you MADE this? That's insane! Is there no end to your talents? It really is beautiful. I love a good trench coat, although I must admit that I don't own one at the moment. If I were as talented as you I might make one, but maybe I'll have to save up for a good Burberry myself. ;)

  5. Absolutely love this. Amazing sewing job, and definitely a lady spy! :)
    The Artyologist

  6. You are so talented, this is such a beautiful coat!!! I love all of the little details and the lining. I love the whole outfit and your hair looks perfect x

  7. I love this! You've done such a fab job of it and all that top-stitching is so neat. It also looks fantastic on you, a perfect trench coat. I'm going to be working on an Autumn/Winter jacket next and cannot wait to get started. I'm going to be doing as much traditional tailoring as I can. It'll take me ages but it'll definitely be worth it. xx

  8. This is so amazing. I keep looking at it and thinking "Really? Really? You made this?". It's way too good! Well done and that is some serious skill. Plus it looks amazing and totally spy lady on you.

  9. great hair and overall look, very retrospective love it.

  10. I can't believe you made this! It's so professional. Sigh, I've been trying to pick up a swing style trench coat for months and if I just had the skills I could make one...

  11. I am absolutely in awe, I cannot imagine how many hours of hard work went into this. It looks like it would be very complicated and yet this coat turned out every bit as beautiful as the Burberry ones I've seen. I think you are much better off making your own not only for the benefit of saving money but for the fact that you are getting a unique outfit that no one else will have, with the added bonus of being able to tell those who ask where you bought it that you in fact made it yourself!