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Autumn trench coat

Added Feb 26, 2010

by carolyn-s

Perth, Australia






I made a trench coat, using Burda 7786, with a few modifications to make it double breasted. I love its classic style and see it becoming a wardrobe staple that I’ll turn to time and time again…
Most of the outside seams are double top-stitched, and I finished the inside seams with Hong Kong finishes using bias binding I made myself from old black cotton. I lined the inside with soft cotton shirting for an extra layer of warmth..

Material Notes

Ribstop cotton, cotton shirting lining, cotton bias binding




Garment Type
Classic, Military

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    Aug 1, 2010, 11.43 AMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    I wish one day i will be as skillfull as you ! Im so impres with your work. congratulations !

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    Jun 29, 2010, 02.33 AMby isobelm

    Wow, this is wonderful. You’re very skillful and the finished product is so professional.

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    May 25, 2010, 08.47 AMby wishofhappiness

    This looks really good! Like something you would find in an expensive chain store! Its lovely, and the car is nice too! hehe…

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      May 25, 2010, 10.33 AMby carolyn-s


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    Mar 28, 2010, 06.50 PMby threadsquare

    Beautifully constructed and detailed! I like your choice for lining, too. Do most trench coats have a half lining, or is this a variation? I’ve been in the trenches (hehe!) for a few seasons now, but never wanted to lay down the cash for one. How rewarding to say you’ve made it. Summer is coming, but I need to buck up and just make one.

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      Mar 29, 2010, 05.59 AMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou for your comment! I’ve seen trench coats with both a full lining and a half lining. The pattern I used for this had a half lining, and in Australia we don’t really get so cold that I thought a full one would be necessary so I just went with the pattern.

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    Mar 1, 2010, 11.30 PMby Erin E

    Great coat! Beautiful details inside and out!

    I featured this on my blog :)


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    Mar 1, 2010, 01.32 PMby icecjan

    wow! it’s a perfect fit! just in time for autumn!! :)

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    Feb 28, 2010, 02.18 PMby paunnet

    Wow, I love it! I totally envy it! Great job.

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      Mar 2, 2010, 03.46 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou so much!

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    Feb 28, 2010, 09.22 AMby keren

    Perfect and lovely! How long did it take to make?

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      Feb 28, 2010, 01.42 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou Keren! It did take a while, er, coupla weeks of spare time? didn’t really keep tabs…! I have more details of the construction on my blog.

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    Feb 26, 2010, 07.37 PMby calicocouture

    This is a great trench coat. I love the details, everything is so nicely finished.

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      Mar 2, 2010, 03.46 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou or your lovely comment!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 07.21 PMby luzie

    Great! I love it!!!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 05.09 PMby sandoz18

    Love it… so elegant, especially with the Hong Kong seam finishing.

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    Feb 26, 2010, 03.54 PMby ginasophia

    wonderful! I love the shirting lining!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 02.18 PMby dorawarren

    it looks great!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 10.44 AMby lizah

    great job, it looks so well done :) beautiful!

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.16 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou Liza!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 09.10 AMby barbaraagatha

    Wow…still too much effort for me right now, though. Need to build some more skill :)

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    Feb 26, 2010, 08.54 AMby latulipenoire

    This is a gorgeous coat! And the Audi TT is not too bad either!

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.15 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou for your comment on my coat! I can’t take credit for the car, however…!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 08.45 AMby sabzarap

    This summer I also whant to make a trench coat and I just added yours to my favourites as an inspiration. The finishs you made look so exact I am jealous…

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.15 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou! Good luck with your coat!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 08.40 AMby fosteretalk

    Such great talent.

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    Feb 26, 2010, 07.52 AMby missymellie

    So many great little details, it’s so professional, I love it!

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    Feb 26, 2010, 06.01 AMby Passiona Cottee

    You have great attention to detail. I love the inside as much as the outside!

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.14 PMby carolyn-s


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    Feb 26, 2010, 05.47 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Very nice, I have just added the trench coat to my list of “must makes” – its getting so long, but I have to wait until winter considering it is 36 degrees today. I have a Burda magazine pattern but I’ll check out the pattern you used too, thanks for posting it :)

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      Feb 26, 2010, 05.49 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Oh I just realised you are in Perth too :)

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      Feb 27, 2010, 03.01 PMby carolyn-s

      Thanks for your comment! I agree it’s been disgracefully hot in Perth, but I’m so in love with the Burberry trenches this was a “must have” for me…! Bring on autumn!

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      Mar 1, 2010, 04.12 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Argh I know, I can’t bear to change into my latest new items to phoptograph them it’s just way too hot :/ I saw this amazing trench in the latest DJ catalog, that’s what got me all in the trench mood, I think it was a Table8 one in this amazing aubergine purple, now to try and find the right fabric :)
      If you are interested I co-run the Perth BSC with another member on this site, we have a meet on Saturday the 13th or March, you are welcome to join us: BSC Perth, WA March Meet

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    Feb 26, 2010, 05.41 AMby libra-s

    Very Chic. Good job :)

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      Feb 27, 2010, 02.59 PMby carolyn-s

      Thankyou so much!

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