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Sweet Ruffled Trench

Added Apr 7, 2011

by christina031106

Stony Plain, Canada






I saw a trench coat at Anthropologie that I absolutely adored, but it was out of my price range. I set to designing something similar using this trench coat as my inspiration and the lovely Hikaru jacket pattern as my base design.

To make this jacket, I altered the Hikaru pattern substantially. I used size 42 for the bust, 40 for the waist, and 44 for the hip. I also moved up the waist line seam 4 inches so that it would sit at my natural waist for a more flattering fit. This was the first project that I decided to spend the time to do a muslin, and I’m really glad I did! I found the HIkaru pattern fit quite large, so I had to do the muli-size alterations so that it was a better shape for me.

I added a storm flap with a pleat to the back of the jacket, and a storm flap connected to a ruffle at the front. It took me a while to get the ruffle just right – it’s basically a circle with the front storm flap shape attached on top, so to visualize the pattern piece was a little confusing at first! It took me about 5 tries. I also added a waist tie and waist tie holders to the waist of the jacket.

I used a silver coloured metal zipper and pewter buttons that I found off of Etsy.com. I love them!

As a finishing touch, I lined the jacket in a vintage-looking yellow floral cotton. I love surprise linings, and yellow is my current favourite colour for spring.

Overall, I am quite happy with how the project turned out. It feels beautiful to wear and it fits me quite well. It’s my perfect spring jacket!

Material Notes

cotton twill, cotton quilting fabric



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Military, Romantic, Victorian

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    Mar 25, 2012, 05.39 PMby wafel

    It’s sweet but also a little bit military, what makes it perfect.

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    Nov 27, 2011, 12.29 AMby thecanbiegal

    are you selling the pattern? If so, where?

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    Aug 18, 2011, 08.18 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Well done, this is great stuff!!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 10.11 PMby urbandon

    Really beautiful and unique. One of the best pieces on Burdastyle.

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    Jun 16, 2011, 08.36 PMby LimeSoda

    Lovely and inspiring work! Well done.

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    May 20, 2011, 01.45 AMby londymommy

    This is hot!!!

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    May 3, 2011, 10.29 PMby jaimesews

    Stunning – really! Love the masculine/feminine combination – just striking!

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    Apr 10, 2011, 02.20 PMby dabura

    The perfect jacket!!! Great idea and realization. Excellent sewing skills :)

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    Apr 10, 2011, 08.28 AMby aleah

    This is superamazingabsolutelywonderful! Great job. :)

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    Apr 9, 2011, 03.11 AMby marloncosta

    This is really WOW! Beautiful!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 07.30 PMby dilshadburman

    WOW! Absolutely stunning!! Such a beautiful job!! Well done!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 07.12 PMby Sarah Stephens

    That looks absolutely amazing!! I am so jealous of your talent!! You could sell these jackets for so much $$$

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      Apr 8, 2011, 07.37 PMby christina031106

      Thank you, Sarah! I actually have a listing for this on Etsy, so I should link it up. :)

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.45 PMby kalurah

    OMG! I absolutely <3 this coat!!! I want one in about 6 different colors! I wish I had more time to sew one for myself. YOU ROCK!!! :)

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      Apr 8, 2011, 06.50 PMby christina031106

      Thank you!! Wouldn’t it be neat in a chocolate brown for fall? I’m tempted to make another one in that colour. :P

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.43 PMby diyraven

    Wow this is OH so cute + adorable!!! Great job – I’m smitten!! :)

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.41 PMby bodicegoddess589

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m working on my own jacket, too, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it come together (brown tweedy outer with bright mustard yellow inner!) and you know what? I kind of fell in LOVE with those buttons. Where’d you find them, and do they come in 1-1/2"?!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.04 PMby christina031106

    Wow, thanks for the kind words, all! I really appreciate them. I will try and post a little tutorial on exactly how I did the front storm flap/ruffle soon. I hope to get it up within a week. :)

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.04 PMby luxihere

    I love Vertical flounces, this is a new twist that i have not seen before. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope to add something like this to my next dress project !

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    Apr 8, 2011, 05.25 PMby issymonsterr

    Great job!! It looks amazing!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 04.41 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    This is really terrific…and I love the surprise – yellow – lining. This is well done. I can only imagine what other iterations you could make with this pattern. You would be at home walking on the streets of New York City in this trench, Christina.

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    Apr 8, 2011, 02.11 PMby jenyjenny

    Love it, the ruffles and the silvery hardware look excellent!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 10.10 AMby ghainskom

    My first thought when I saw it in the gallery was : this is so Anthropologie! So mission accomplished, I’d say!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 09.40 AMby baka-pepica

    wow I like it very very much!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.57 AMby smurfette2010

    Great job!!!!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.28 AMby loyl8

    I love this fantastic job!!!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 06.22 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    that is so fantastic! i adore ruffles (see my blouse :-) and i love love love this trench! GREAT!!!

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      Apr 8, 2011, 07.43 PMby christina031106

      Thank you, Ralf! I say there is no such thing as too many ruffles. :)

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    Apr 8, 2011, 02.32 AMby lanternwaste33

    I adore the finished product!! I would wear this any day. It’s a big thumbs up!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 02.08 AMby knt831

    Love IT!! It looks great!

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    Apr 8, 2011, 01.28 AMby christina031106

    Thanks so much, everyone! The ruffle was the hardest part. It was difficult to make the angle from the front storm flap to the connecting circular ruffle just right (so that it was neither too frilly nor too straight).

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    Apr 8, 2011, 01.22 AMby Dani Restercher

    Aaaahhh thats beautiful!

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