For the Most Elegant of Trenches

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My daughter likes her new coat! As I mentioned in the previous post, I made a trench coat for her out of this fabric when she was five. She is now nine, and was still wearing it up until a couple of weeks ago. Since she obviously appreciates it, and I had some more of the fabric lying about, I made her a new one.

It’s made with necktie silk, which is wonderful to work with and increasingly difficult to find. I’m on the hunt for more of it for my stash. I bought this one at Fabricmart several years ago for some ridiculously low price.

I used a pattern from the Japanese book “Basic Style”, which contains patterns for a large selection of childrens’ coats. Really, every standard coat style I can think of is represented. This book would be a good investment if you are interested in that kind of thing.

The girl herself.

The girl herself.

Basic Style, the Japanese book where I go the pattern.

Basic Style, the Japanese book that contains the pattern I used.

detail of the facing.  I did not have quite enough fabric, so I had to make half of the facing out of another fabric.

detail of the facing. I did not have quite enough fabric, so I had to make half of the facing out of another fabric.

Hong Kong finish

Hong Kong finish

inside view.  I underlined it with pink silk faille.

inside view. I underlined it with pink silk faille.

undercollar

undercollar

The pattern includes a full belt, which is just asking for trouble on a child's garment.  I replaced the full belt with 3 rows of elastic in the back and a half belt in the front.

The pattern includes a full belt, which is just asking for trouble on a child’s garment. I replaced the full belt with 3 rows of elastic in the back and a half belt in the front.

detail of back trench flap

detail of back trench flap

back view

back view

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17 Comments

  1. Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    that is too cute! love the belt hack that you did. 🙂

  2. Posted August 16, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    Stunning…your daughter has such sophisticated taste!

  3. Shams
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    A beautiful trenchcoat, Claudine! You are training them young for a luxury life! (And maybe this is your way of teaching them to sew?) 🙂

    • Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:56 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! One of my childraising goals is to train my kids to recognize cheap crap. So many people can’t.

  4. Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:55 am | Permalink | Reply

    Looks wonderful, Claudine. I love the interior finishing. Silk trenchcoats! *sigh* But I’ve a question: laundering? How often and using what method? I mean, kids + silk don’t usually mix that well… in my world, anyways.

    • Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I have girls, and they tend to be easier on clothes than boys. I just washed one of these coats that I made on the last round, possibly for the first time. I washed it in a regular warm water load with whatever other clothes were in the hamper, line dried it until it was just a little damp, then ironed it dry. It came out fine. It does help that I prewash all of my fabrics before I start the project.

      I find that the only silk that I really can’t wash is duchesse satin. Also, wool shrinks every single time I wash it, so I try to keep away from wool for kids clothes.

  5. Kristin P.
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink | Reply

    Very chic for a 9 year old! When I was 9, (back in ’93) I begged my mom to make me a pair of cropped harem-style pants with a matching crop-top from sky blue Elvis Presley printed fabric. Not quite as sophisticated as your daighter, but I was impressed enough that I became interested in learning to sew for myself. Has your daughter/s shown any interest yet? They will have a wonderful teacher!

    • Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:55 am | Permalink | Reply

      My younger daughter is interested. She drapes on my form sometimes when I am sewing in my sewing room.

  6. Posted August 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I too am always looking for more tie fabric. If I knew how hard it was to come by, I would have bought more at the time!

  7. Posted August 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is a beautiful coat and your daughter looks adorable in it!

  8. Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous work as always!

  9. Posted August 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Adorable! She looks so proud to wear it! And the inside looks as nice as the outside!

  10. Posted August 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    LOVE IT! Beautiful finishing work.

  11. Posted August 25, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Superb work as always, and I always love your fabric choices. Artistic and fabulously unexpected 🙂

  12. Posted August 25, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    This is so beautiful!! Must make sure my daughter does NOT see this 😉

  13. Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fabulous coat! Lucky daughter. Love looking at what you’re working on.

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