The Fall/Winter collection of Named Patterns came out … well last fall as it’s name indicate. And I remember liking every single pattern. But as I knew ordering more than one was stupid as I would never have time to make them, I just ordered my favourite: the Isla Trench coat. And I’m just about to show it now, 6 months later 😉
I wanted to make a very traditionnal trench coat (traditionnal in the sense of copying a Burberry one!) so I studied every Burberry trench coat pictures I could find on Pinterest (i even created a special board, check it for details). I went fabric shopping for some beige gabardine and tartan checked lining, which was more difficult than I thought first. In the end, my gabardine is slightly lighter in colour than desired but it’s ok. I found all the fabrics and material (buttons and belt loops) at my local fabric shop. I will admit that it was quite an expensive coat to make: the printed pattern was 22 € (+ 8€ shipping fees so 30 € in total), 3 meters of gabardine at 20€/m, 2 meters of 15€/m lining and about 15€ for the buttons/belt loops, I mean it’s almost a 100€ trench coat. But knowing a real Burberry one retails at least at 1500€, I feel better.
The gabardine is very nice, a bit on the heavy side so some areas were quite difficult to sew due to the various layers. I didn’t add any interfacing because of the gabardine’s weight. And the lining is a Burberry-like tartan in flannel, which makes it a perfect winter coat for the mild mediterranean weather of Valencia (sleeves are lined in rayon).
As for the supplies, I chose to change some of the features to get a more Burberry-lookalike coat. I’ve used some metal belt loops and eyelets for the sleeve straps and the belt. I wanted to do the same for the collar stand but instead just shortened it. I also added some epaulettes and made the under collar out of checked lining.
For the pattern itself, I made some changes mostly due to my petite size: I had to shorten the body about 30 cm and the sleeves by about 10 cm (fyi I’m 1m55 tall , 5ft1). The instructions were very complete but I wouldn’t recommand this pattern for a beginner (which Named patterns doesn’t either, the pattern is marked 5/5 and challenging). There are a lot of pieces and the construction has to be very detailed and meticulous. But the results are very professional looking. The only complaint I have is just some personal preference: I like to cut my pattern directly in the paper but I could n’t do it as the numerous pieces are layered on top of each other so I had to trace them first.
I’m still not sure I attached the lining at the back vent correctly but it looks ok. It was the fist time I had to line a back vent, I even left the trench unfinished for about 4 months before going back to finish the lining. I finally figured it out and that’s why I’m showing it only now (started in november and finished in march, that’s my longest project!)
For the rest, everything fits together nicely, the construction order is great and the fit is good.
I’ve been wearing the Isla trench coat for about a month now and I really like it. My favourite thing about it? When the wind blows and the pretty tartan lining peeps out!
Beautiful jacket! That turned out great!
Il est tout simplement magnifique et te va à la perfection….C'est d'ailleurs limite injuste :o) Nan je rigole…
L'idée parfaite : Tes rajouts de boucles et d’œillets, et bien sur ton choix de tissu.
Merci! C'est vrai que la boucle et les oeillets lui donnent un air plus classique 😉
Stunning, all your research paid off, the attention to detail is a joy!
It's extraordinary! If I did not know that you sew, I would have thought that it's a real Burbery trench 🙂
Superbe ! Comme quoi, la patience ça a du bon 😉
Tu le portes très bien en tout cas
Merci! Je ne sais si pas si ça a été de la patience ou de la feignatise 😉
This is gorgeous! I love the fabrics you've used, I haven't seen this pattern before, so shall have to have a look at it.
You should look it up Lynne, it's a great pattern!
Looks really GREAT!
Stunning! What a timeless make, this will get worn for years to come!!
Thanks Rebecca, I do hope to wear it for years!
Oo Pauline you're so chic!
Looks perfect! Well worth the financial and time investment!
This is absolutely gorgeous and very Burberry-like. The investment in materials is worth it for such a lovely project.
I've been waiting on a review of this coat. It looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's absolutely beautiful, both fit and construction!
I'm glad the review was helpful. It's a really great pattern, I highly recommend it if you're looking for a classic trench coat with lots of details.
Il est super beau et te va à merveille.
I am making this trench coat and wondering what the “line style” is? Yours looks beautiful and I appreciate any guidance you can offer.
Hi Patricia, I highly recommend this pattern. The Isla trench is really nice and classic, it’s fitted only at the shoulders and then is straight from bust to hem.
This looks so professional and just beautiful!
I was looking for a classical trench coat pattern and you inspire me to buy this one, this is exactly what I want (challenging, but worth it).