Somewhere recently I saw a picture of a brightly colored trench coat that instantly sparked The Crazy in me--I needed to make a skirted, bright Trench coat. ASAP.
First, I needed a pattern. Thank You, HobLob for perfectly-timing your 99-cent Pattern Sale and having just the one I was hoping would exist.
First of all, you'll notice the big bold "EASY" description. Um. No. At least not for me it wasn't. I actually got through the pattern without ripping out any seams, but the thing took probably 5 hours, had tons of Hand-stitching (my nemesis) and didn't even factor in the button or tie-belt detail. Both finishes I had to make up myself. (Not that hard, I realize, but it made it that much longer.) "EASY" in my book is fast to put together and all on the machine. So word to any sewists out there: Beware. You can do it, but it'll take a heck of a lot longer than you expect an "easy" pattern to take. (I made version C).
The Red is a Poly Poplin and the Lining is a super-soft silver something-or-other (I didn't even look, I was sold at the softness). All for 17 bucks. YES.
Here's a few images of it in process...
Because the pattern didn't include a waistband tie, I ran out of fabric. Instead of driving 1/2 hour to DenFab for more, I crossed my fingers and went on a hunt at Joann. Thank goodness I found a matching shade of red (the hardest color to match, by the way) in a similar-weight, slightly ribbed fabric. Can't even tell, right?! (I also scored Buy One, Get One Free Buttons in a iridescent kind of Grey to match the liner.) I put a belt loop in the back center and one under each arm on the side seam, then tacked the belt in place a few times to keep it from folding or twisting.