Category Archives: printed silk trench

Luxury for the Trenches

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 […]

Fastening – Belts and Buttonholes

Most of the fun of this project is the details. I finished the belts and buttonholes recently. I had the buttonholes professionally made at Jonathan Embroidery in NYC. They look lovely, but it was a bit of a learning experience. I now realize that I should have been more specific about the right and wrong […]

Patches Applied

I’m still chugging along on my silk trench. I applied the patches yesterday, and I think they look right. Some of the roses are printed onto the trench fabric, and some are patches.

Starting Small

When I’m working on an involved project like this, I like to start with the smaller pieces. This way, when I need to attach the collar, I can just grab the collar and put it on. Also, when the collar is already assembled, it looks like something and is less likely to be mistaken for […]

Disheveled Finery

I’ve just embarked on yet another of my epic projects. This one is a trench coat influenced by a Nina Ricci dress worn by Carey Mulligan in Vogue. The dress is silk satin with screen printed roses patched onto the fabric. It found its way onto my sewing room wall, and now will become a […]