Hi there! Yes indeed it's summer time here in Australia.......but since a large chunk of the world and most importantly Rebecca Page's part of the world is heading into winter, I'm showing you this amazing sew that I had the pleasure of testing! The "Taylor Trench."
This PDF pattern includes children's sizes, newborn up to 12 years, ladies sizes XXS to 5XL and an 18" doll's version! Something for everyone!
This trench coat pattern boasts many optional extras including:
2 coat lengths - standard and trench
Patch or welt pockets
Belt & belt loops
Depending on which options you choose, you will need a minimum of 14 buttons. (Fortunately you don't need to put in 14 buttonholes too!)
The sewing tutorial itself is extremely detailed and photos are provided with each step for visual aid. Even a confident beginner can sew one of these trenches! Start out sewing the most basic version if you have no experience sewing coats, then work your way up from there.
Allow plenty of time to sew your trench coat - this is NO quick sew and should be attempted over several days (or nights as the case may be!) Despite the "epic-ness" of this sew, you will have a beautiful garment at the end, one you will be proud of sewing and love wearing (or having your child wear.)
|Taylor Trench paired with Madison Blouse & Berry Bubble shorts - Rebecca Page patterns
The coat is fully lined. It also really does need to be hand sewn in some areas (yuk I know,) again, well worth the trouble, please trust me here!
My coat is sewn from cotton sateen and lined in quilting cotton. Sateen has a wonderful gleam to it, but is a little stretchy, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're not a confident sewer. I choose it mostly because it was in the sale bin at the fabric shop for $2 a metre! (Plus it's a medium weight fabric, which you will require as a minimum for your main fabric.)
I used kam snaps to attach my removable hood, you can also use buttons if preferred.
I decided to sew the welt pockets as truthfully I hadn't sewn a welt pocket before and I was keen to give it a go! I was pleased with the result and whilst more fiddly than a patch pocket, I found it had a nice streamline look and really added that something extra to the coat.
My coat is the trench length - which finished below my 4 year olds knees. The standard coat length finishes below the bottom or mid thigh (depending on your or your child's height.)
This is a slim fit pattern, so if you are expecting to layer clothing underneath, then choose the next size larger. The pattern as is allows for a short or long sleeve garment to be worn underneath.
If you would like to see more or purchase the Taylor Trench pattern, please visit the Rebecca Page website HERE.
To see more inspiration, or ask all those Rebecca Page sewing related questions, please join the Rebecca Page Facebook sewing group.
|Meanwhile in Australia......a fly can go up one's nose at any time!
Despite appearances of the photos, it was actually a very warm day, muggy with rain. A horrible humid 24 hours really! So while out taking photos, Miss A and I were being bombarded with flies!! If you're not familiar with Australia, we have an excess of the little beasties!
We also had our Playgroup Christmas party over the weekend. Here is Miss A at the photo station, wearing Christmas tree glasses, face painted as a (I quote her here) "Rainbow Queen Cat."
How's your Christmas sewing or craft plans going?
Until next time,