Seasons seem to be irrelevant in 2020, with the vibrant primary colors often associated with spring and summer transitioning into the fall with just as much popularity. There appears to be a special focus on cheery yellows, and since we can all use an uptick in vibes, I’m here for it!
Today’s project features a redux of our free Ivy Trench sewing pattern, which I lengthened by about 4″ along the skirt. I also skipped the buttons to make it an easy thrown-on-and-belt fit. The bolero didn’t need any alterations, but I did choose a fun print for the lining in order to make it reversible on those non-rainy days.
Looking to make your own trench, but not sure where to start? Let’s take a look at some fabrics and linings that are ideal for trench coats!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 4 yards Sunshine Yellow Water-Resistant Polyester Twill
- 4 yards Mood Exclusive Day in Tunisia Yellow Cotton Poplin
- 1 Black Laquered Leather Buckle – 1.5″ x 1″
- Optional to Button Bolero to Coat: 3 Italian Black 2-Hole Plastic Buttons – 38L/24mm
- MDF194 – The Ivy Trench Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
When looking to sew a classic trench coat, you’ll want to look at twill fabrics. Most commonly, you’ll find that a lot of them are specifically cotton twill, which are tightly woven and sturdy, but still drape beautifully. Mood’s line of organic cotton twill lend themselves well to jackets and coats, particularly trenches! They also come in the trench coat staple shades of khaki and black.
Pre-treated fabrics that already repel water are perfect for jackets! Mood has a variety, including a twill version that I used for the yellow trench shown above. It’s smooth, sews like a dream, and still drapes like a standard twill without being super noisy when being worn.
Unconventional Fabrics for Trench Coats
- Pros: These fabrics drip luxury and they tend to drape like a dream. Many feature vibrant, metallic designs and embroidery.
- Cons: Some are tricky to wash, which may mean your trench will be a ‘dry clean only’ situation.
- Pros: Leather coats and jackets are a non-stop trend, and you can find faux leather in every color imaginable these days.
- Cons: Some of these options can be on the stiffer side; I’d recommend getting some swatches so you can stick to a softer faux leather or vinyl for your jacket.
- Pros: So. Many. Prints! Who doesn’t love a bold statement coat?
- Cons: Sateen is prone to wrinkling, so this may become a jacket just for walking through the park.