Disclaimer: This blog post is very kindly sponsored by Spoonflower.
Spring is right around the corner and outerwear is always a struggle for me this time of year. When I go out in the chilly morning I need something to keep me warm, but it often tends to get warmer during the day and I want to take all the extra layers off. It’s so hard getting dressed when the weather is so unpredictable, isn’t it?
One piece of clothing that I find really useful to have in my wardrobe is a trench coat or mac. It’s such a classic piece to put over your clothes and instantly makes your outfit look more polished. I’ve owned a plain beige trench coat for years and it has proved to be a true workhorse in my wardrobe. However, it started to look a bit old and if I’m completely honest, I wanted something different this year. So I decided to sew one myself.
I did a bit of research and gravitated towards making another plain and simple mac, possibly in a navy blue fabric. But as I was scrolling down on Pinterest, I found an AMAZING floral trench coat by Gucci. And that’s when I fell in love!
It was so different from what I had in my mind and definitely out of my comfort zone when it comes to personal style. But it intrigued me so much that I decided to give it a go. The stars were aligned for me, because this all happened during the time I started picking my fabrics for my collaboration with Spoonflower. Since they print any design you want on a variety of different fabric qualities, I knew they were the perfect place to search for the ideal choice for my trench coat. And I was sooo right!
I managed to find a floral fabric that was just the right amount of “statement piece” I could pull off. I didn’t want something very vibrant and bold, so this print’s muted colors were simply perfect for me. The beige background also meant that I could wear my trench coat during Spring and Autumn without it being too dark and depressing.
I opted to print this design on Spoonflower’s Lightweight Cotton Twill which turned out great for the garment I had in mind. Not very thick but sturdy at the same time, so that my coat could hold its shape beautifully. I was a little bit worried when it first arrived because it felt a bit stiff, but I pre-washed it and the stiffness was gone. The quality is wonderful next to my skin and it was a dream to work with as it pressed beautifully and it allowed me to focus on all the little details of the design and make them as perfect as I possibly could.
The pattern I chose was the Anna Coat from Sew Over It’s latest e-book “My Capsule Wardrobe: Work to Weekend“. I had read some nice reviews on the pattern and since I already owned the e-book, I thought it would be a good idea to use it.
This Anna Coat is a classic-style mac, with beautiful details such as large lapels, epaulettes, pockets, back vent and a tie belt. It was very simple to make and I managed to finish it in a couple of days. However, bear in mind that this is an unlined coat. Which is where I had some trouble…
You see, I initially wanted my coat to be lined. I had chosen a gorgeous silk fabric from Spoonflower to become my lining and I intended to follow a video by Lisa Comfort, where she briefly explained how to line the Anna Coat. I drafted my lining but I wasn’t really sure where to start with it. The vent seems a bit too complicated and in the end I decided to leave it unlined for now and see what I can do about it later on.
I am thinking of asking my grandma to help me. She used to line fur coats for a living for her entire adult life so she really knows how to handle a project like that. We will give it a go and I will report back as soon as I can share more details on the lining with you.
For now, I am taking my trench coat with me to Ioannina. We are moving this week and it will be an amazing piece to add to my wardrobe for the Spring days ahead of us. It goes perfectly with many clothes that I already have so I can see myself wearing it a lot!
I hope you enjoyed seeing this make and I’m looking forward to reading your comments about it.