Finally, I own a trench coat. Every girl needs one you know, why not have it in purple suede? I know it’s been longer than a month since the last post, but I waited for the cotton flannel to go on sale for this one, so sorry so late 🙂
I’ve had the suede and lining in my stash for a couple years, so it’s about time it got put to good use. I found it under the sale table at my local (now closed) Hancock Fabrics, marked down to $1 a yard. I left it there for a couple weeks, and then one day I found the purple lining fabric on top of the table for about $2 a yard. At that point I decided it was fate, something had to be made from it, and so I bought 5 yards of both.
Fast forward to November and as I was flipping through my patterns, it came to me. It would be perfect for a variation of Simplicity 2311. I loved the the lapels, the length, the belt and closure.
As a pattern review, this is a Project Runway design pattern, where you can mix and match elements. I made a Size 4 in the View B front, long length, regular sleeve, tie belt closure.
The instructions were easy to follow, but do include a lot of flipping back and forth between the pages if you’re making anything other than View A. I used a purple suede with waterproof backing from my stash, cotton flannel (from Joann’s Black Friday sale) for the interlining, and a purple polyester lining (also from my stash).
As far as changes go, I made a few. I omitted shoulder pads, interlined it in cotton flannel (for warmth, of course), added a hang loop at the interior neckline, and I had to add 2.5″ to the sleeve so that it would fit properly. The sleeve has an ease point at the elbow. My extension was added above that so that the easing for the elbow bend sat in the correct place. Adding it at the bottom would not have worked. Oddly enough, even though the sleeve was too short, the pockets sat in the right place for me, as did the belt and carriers.
I would sew this again, most definitely. I think it looks great, (if I do say so myself). I love the look of this coat and it’s so soft and not too heavy to carry if not needed immediately. It was hard to capture the color accurately in these pictures. A couple pictures from in the sun are below.