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3D Trenchcoat

Added Dec 26, 2013

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






In fact I can´t draw my own patterns, but what I surely can is complicating a pattern by adding many details.

The Vogue Pattern V8866 catched my eyes some times ago and as I encountered this fabric, it was one of those instantaneous inspirations. The fabric is a wonderful cotton-silk blend, a little bit stiff, with a beautiful print and a jacquard structure – altogether a light 3D effect, as I find.

I extended the pattern so that it became a trenchcoat instead of a jacket.
Originally there were 4 full circles in the back and 2 in the front (one right and one left).
But in the long version that would be enormously much fabric, so I reduced it to 2 circles in the back and 2 half circles in the front – even this way I needed 7m fabric (and I didn´t have more).

Then the details came along: the facing schould be made of a contrast fabric an it should be visible on all edges. For this I had to modify the pattern, so that the facing was a little bigger and the fashion fabric a little smaller.
I also wanted real pockets – the challenge was that they didn´t sit in a seam, but middle in the fabric. I searched long time for a solution and finally found it in the Burda download pattern 501E (on the german burdastyle).
The belt should have buckle and eyelets, as well as the sleeve belts.
Between facing and lining I put a piping in contrasting colour.
In all the corner I used the mitered corner technique.
And the many buttons needed the dreaded buttonholes.
The hem is turned over with the facing fabric, which is visible 5mm on the outside – the 12m hem appeared to me as a never ending seam.

The last challenge were the eyelets – I never did this before.
I bought some on ebay because they had exactly the same colour as the buckles.
They also had the proper tools attached.
But when the eyelets arrived, it turned out that the tools didn´t match the eyelets!
So I had to buy other eyelets from Prym, the tools were ok, but they neither matched the ebay eyelets perfectly. At this point – after 3 weeks of work – my pacience was at the limit, so I fastened the eyelets as well as I could.

After so much work I was really happy to have finished this coat! It was like a marathon.
But I must confess that I am very pleased with the result, it is exactly my style, a crazy trenchcoat :-)

Unfortunately it is already too cold to wear it, so it has to wait until springtime to see the street :-)

Material Notes

Fashion Fabric: 75% Cotton, 25% Silk / Facing: Silk with a litlte bit Polyester / Lining: Bemberg / 16 Buttons / 3 Buckles / Piping / Cotton Thread




Spring, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Classic
Cotton, Blends, Silk

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    Sep 16, 2016, 08.38 AMby Lorrainedamian12

    Nice dress

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    Jan 28, 2014, 03.24 PMby trploceanmoon

    AWESOME!! this is amazing!!

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    Jan 14, 2014, 05.57 PMby Byanka Ayala

    It has beautiful spring colours. Must say you did a wonderful job! You have inspired me to make my own trench coat. Your sewing skills are fenomenale.

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      Jan 14, 2014, 06.08 PMby cris orange

      Oh, thank you so much Byanka! I am happy if I could inspire you and I hope to see your trenchcoat soon :-)

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    Dec 31, 2013, 12.18 AMby peachb

    your workmanship is just off the chart. I love the shot of your inside back neckline. Your fabric choice is really very striking. the coat/dress is just awesome and very very inspiring.

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      Dec 31, 2013, 10.53 AMby cris orange

      Thank you so much, I love it inspiring you :-)

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    Dec 30, 2013, 09.27 AMby wannalearn

    I’m in awe of this dress and your skills! It was definitely worth the time!

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      Dec 30, 2013, 02.42 PMby cris orange

      Oh thank you! And I also thought about wearing it as a dress, as Anna dello Russo said: “wear your trenchcoat like a dress”… Why not? :-)

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    Dec 29, 2013, 06.35 PMby MojoHollz

    This is so amazing and I don’t think enough good things could be said about it! Your fabric choice is in a word, wonderful! And instead of feeling over worked with all the details, every single one of these details lends to the wonderful-ness of the finished project. the way you did the facing is especially great because it makes your fabric stand out even more. Your weeks of work are definitely worth it! Come springtime you are going to have so many people begging you to make one for them as well, fabulous job!

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      Dec 30, 2013, 02.40 PMby cris orange

      Oh wow, such a big compliment, a big thank you to you too!!! This facing made me the most work, without it it had been much easier. But I wanted to bring some more structure in this strong print. And I would glad to sew it for someone else too, if I only had more time… :-)

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    Dec 28, 2013, 01.19 PMby sewing fanatic

    lots of work in this amazing coat dress! x

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      Dec 28, 2013, 02.36 PMby cris orange

      You say it, it was indeed lots of work!

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    Dec 28, 2013, 08.16 AMby celinesompayrac

    great job

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      Dec 28, 2013, 11.19 AMby cris orange

      Thank you celine!

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    Dec 28, 2013, 03.03 AMby rita61


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    Dec 27, 2013, 04.05 PMby zoomba

    Simply amazing.

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      Dec 27, 2013, 04.56 PMby cris orange

      thank you so much!

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    Dec 27, 2013, 01.47 PMby Kocotte

    nice model, nice fabric and nice details, your coat is just fabulous and it suits you so well congratulations

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      Dec 27, 2013, 04.56 PMby cris orange

      thank you for the compliment!

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    Dec 27, 2013, 12.04 PMby leokadia

    Eine schöne Fleißarbeit! Und du hast sicher viel Freude beim Tragen. Wenn der Winter weiter so mild bleibt, dann musst du nicht unbedingt auf den Frühling warten. Mein Kompliment für diesen Trenchcoat! LG leokadia

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      Dec 27, 2013, 04.52 PMby cris orange

      ja du sagst es! das war wirklich eine fleißarbeit, meine komplizierteste bis dato, hab mich dabei oft gefragt: “warum tust du dir das an???” ja, vielleicht probiere ich mal damit auf die strasse zu gehen… jedenfalls danke für dein nettes kommentar! lg cris

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      Dec 27, 2013, 05.44 PMby leokadia

      Tja, warum tust du dir das an? Weil es Freude macht, mit den eigenen Händen etwas eigenes herzustellen, ein persönliches Unikat. Geld ausgeben (wenn man es hat :-) .. ) ist keine Kunst.
      Ich freu mich für dich, dass du so gern nähst und das für dich so erfüllend ist.

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      Dec 28, 2013, 11.19 AMby cris orange

      Wie recht du hast, nähen ist wirklich so erfüllend, es fühlt sich an, als hätte ich jetzt meine berufung gefunden, nach so langer zeit! Ich bin besessen davon, denke an nichts anderes und würde am liebsten nichts anderes tun :-) lg cris

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    Dec 27, 2013, 10.37 AMby PennyMac

    Utterly, utterly glorious. In every way – the pattern, the fabric (oh wow), the lining and the workmanship. Amazing.

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      Dec 27, 2013, 04.48 PMby cris orange

      thaaank you Penny, this is very lovely from you :-)

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    Dec 27, 2013, 12.39 AMby slmnstyle

    Stunning! Your workmanship and attention to details are really admirable on all of your projects, and this is no exception. Beautiful job!

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      Dec 27, 2013, 07.04 AMby cris orange

      Thank you! I think this was my most complex project so far, I never had so many details!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 11.01 PMby SassyT

    This is one stunning trench coat https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.51 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Sassy!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 10.30 PMby smallone

    Cris, you have such a great eye for detail and your execution is exquisite as always …. i always click through to your post to see what inspiring garment you’ve made this time – this one doesn’t disappoint!!!

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.51 PMby cris orange

      Thank you smallone, I didn’t know you are a little bit a fan of mine :-) I’m happy not disappointing you :-)

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    Dec 26, 2013, 09.37 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is lovely Chris – what a great job! :)

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.48 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Ellen! It was indeed a big job, my biggest til now.

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    Dec 26, 2013, 09.33 PMby iryc

    wow! stunning! really lovely!

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.48 PMby cris orange

      Thank you! Happy you like it!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 08.58 PMby kisses

    Stunning coat Cris and the fabric is fab

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.47 PMby cris orange

      Thank you kisses for your lovely comment!

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    Dec 26, 2013, 08.33 PMby schnui

    Stunning coat.

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    Dec 26, 2013, 06.26 PMby Mary Athey

    Cris this is one heck of a fabulous coat. I love the fabric the facings in fact everything you have Done looks wonderful. This is superb sewmanship and i think you look stunning. Well done on another beautiful garment. I hope you had a lovely xmas x

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      Dec 26, 2013, 11.46 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Mary, I love the fabric too! And also the many details, although during the work I sometimes wished I wouldn’t invent them all, it took me so much time! I had a very nice xmas and hope you too :-)

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