Ooooh I’m so excited! We all know what TNTs are, but what about those times when you can use a pattern and make something completely different without having actually made up the originally intended garment. This is one of those times for me.
I used Barbara’s Trench which is a rendition based on the traditional Burberry Trenchcoat. The story behind this is that it was an idea offered up by Peggy on a recent webcast. I decided to splurge on the fabric she used in her version. It was $29.99 per yard! Yikes…for a cotton knit. The description is that it is dual sided…which it is, and it is black and dark gray….which it WASN’T! When it arrived it was a sunny afternoon and I swore it looked blue, but I thought it was how the sun hit it. I took it right to the wash so I could get my vest ASAP. When it finished in the dryer, it still looked blue. The flash of my camera brightens the blue tone but it really is a deep dark muted navy, if that makes sense. I was entirely bummed, because I also bought a black, gray and white fur to use for the collar at the same time. That was not going to happen….just look at the difference! Not good.
I emailed Peggy right away and she was receptive…I could have returned it, but since I’d laundered it already…I thought hey why not use it. She has since corrected the listing :). It’s wonderful rich feeling fabric with a perfect weight and drape for this make. I searched for faux furs and took basically blind faith on the description alone….and what I settled on ended up a perfect compliment to my deep navy blue. It is a really soft bluish gray polyester fur that washes beautifully as well!
As for the pattern changes, I cut the front a seam allowance away from the center front line, removing the double breasted-ness. All edges were serge finished, turned under and top stitched. I cut only the upper collar and attached the stand traditionally and sandwiched that unit over the neck edge and edge-stitched in place. No closure needed. And voila!
As a bonus, now I know that the size I used will be good when I make the full version in a lovely rich wool cashmere flannel I just got from fabric.com for $14.99/yard. I should be hauled away to jail for that steal! I know….cheesy, but hey I couldn’t resist….lol.
I’ve linked up at http://www.grayallday.com/sew-it-chic-monthly-november/. This is a fun way to connect with other sewists who are sharing their most current makes.