I have been working slowly but surely on my designer inspired trench coat. I am using Vogue 8884 for my pattern and have added several traditional trench coat elements to it. I'm on the button and buckle installation phase at the moment.
I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it has been to make this coat-- yes, it's taking time with all the hand sewing, various elements I added to the garment, the 547,000 pattern pieces I cut and the tedious muslin fittings-- but the actual sewing process is not difficult by any means. The one issue I've had is finding simple black slider buckles for the sleeves and belt. After much searching I found some at Cleaner's Supply. I ordered them late night so I may have to wait a few more days to finish my trench.
There we are together this morning as I get all my buttons lined up. You can see her pretty red lining peaking out. I've been looking to my inspiration coat as well as others on their website to add a few details, too. I chose buttons with a similar style (sans that designer brand stamped on it), I'm using a slightly smaller button on the front storm flap then the rest of the buttons on front--- the button size will be more evident when it's all done and its photographed it while I wear it. I also am using keyhole style button holes like they do.
My front storm flap (aka gun flap) is on my left side, although traditionally they are on the right... that's only because this style of coat was originally designed for men-- they button up their coats on the right side. The storm flap on contemporary women's Burberry coats are on the left, too... this makes the flap functional helping to keep out the rain/weather when it's buttoned shut.
I added a button to my back storm flap. This helps keep it nice and flat. I used sew-in hair canvas in my collar and copied the collar stand stitching found on my inspiration coat-- it matches the top-stitching I made on my pocket welts and belt (you can see a peak of the belt in the picture above to the right.)
I *hope* I can have this done by Friday... I am actually going out with my hubby for the first time in months AND it's going to be a heat wave of about 57F (14C)! I'm over the snow and cold weather. And with all this nasty snow we've been having, the mail has not been coming in good time... which means I have NOT received the latest Burda... I always seem to get mine earlier in the month then this.