Ta-Daaa! Just in time for the holiday party season, my new trench! I really love it.
The fabric is silk duchesse satin, which is a beautiful fabric to work with. There are many good reasons why silk duchesse satin is a staple of luxury evening wear. It tailors like a dream, you can mold it into all kinds of shapes, and it appears to be lit from within. If you ever see it on a remnant table, snap it up and play with it.
The lining is a silk gazar. It has a nice texture and a nice firm hand, in keeping with the military cut of the coat. I underlined the silk satin with cotton twill.
The pattern is the trench coat pattern from Ryuichiro Shimazaki’s coatmaking book. I used the same pattern for my raincoat I lengthened it and added godets to the back seams so it looks more feminine. One of my favorite things about this pattern is the armhole and sleeve draft. I almost always raise the armhole and narrow the sleeve in every pattern that I sew, but I did not have to do that for this one. The armhole is nice and high and the sleeve is narrow. I also love the curve of the sleeve, which follows the curve of the arm nicely.
For the rose print, I took some images from the web and poked and prodded them in Photoshop to get an effect that I liked. Then I screen printed them onto the fabric. Some of the flowers are printed directly onto the coat pieces, and some are appliqued on. I used Versatex ink from Dharma, which has an amazing hand. I also printed the motif on the lining in white ink.
For all of the posts I have done about this coat, click here.