A Brilliant Blue Lace Trench Coat

A couple of months ago, Mood sent us a fistful of swatches to show us what they had in new for spring. Of course everything on the swatch cards was something amazing – metallic linen, chambray, Swiss dot, spring boucles, matte jersey – but what really caught my eye was this bright blue eyelet lace, simply labeled “lace outerwear.” Never mind that I couldn’t think of any use for the stuff, I HAD to have it.

cotton lace trench coat

I mean… look at that! It’s so gorgeous and blue, and those big embroidered flowers are my favorite thing ever. The fabric itself is perfect for outerwear – what little fabric parts there are (the insides of the flowers) is actually water-resistant, and the resulting piece has a nice body and brilliant saturated color. Editor’s note: I just looked for this fabric at Mood NYC and–waah!–it’s all gone. However, I think some of our nylons and taffetas make great spring coats, so check these out.

cotton lace trench coat

My perfect pattern came in the form of the Robson Trench Coat, from Sewaholic patterns. Apparently, lace trench coats are HOT for Spring – in which I didn’t need any more convincing to snap up that eyelet lace!

cotton lace trench coat

I paired my eyelet lace with a medium weight cotton sateen in navy, so the coat would be opaque and to also add a layer of warmth. I actually spent a long time debating on what underlining fabric to use – as I didn’t want anything too sheer or heavy, and I needed something that would work with the lace. This sateen is a similar weight, so it gives the lace extra body without making it took heavy or thick, and provides a dark backdrop to the bright blue. I also liked that it is less shiny than traditional sateen. The only drawback to this stuff is that it attracts ANYTHING that might be floating around your sewing room – my personal kyrptonite being cat hair and stray threads. Fortunately, a quick sweep with a lint roller eliminated any extra fuzzies without much hassle.

cotton lace trench coat

cotton lace trench coat

The coat is unlined, and all the inside seams are bound with bias binding. Since I like my clothes to look as pretty on the inside as they do on the outside, I used polka dot cotton batiste from my stash and made my own bias binding. And before you ask – yep, that step took forever! Worth it, though, I just love the way it looks!

cotton lace trench coat

I was a little concerned that sewing this heavily textured lace would prove to be difficult, but it really wasn’t so bad! The seams did prove to be a bit bulky when it came time to add the binding – which meant I did a whole lot of trimming and grading. However, the actual sewing was pretty straightforward. I used a universal needle and found that I did not need my walking foot to keep the layers in place. The lace also did not show any pin marks, which is awesome because I used a LOT of pins to hold this thing together!

cotton lace trench coat

I could not be more thrilled with my finished coat – all the workings of a classic trench, but sewn up in a beautiful (and colorful!) lace! Yes!!

Lace Trench

Special thanks to my friend Jenna for taking these gorgeous pictures (oh yeah, you didn’t think I took these, did ya? :)) and capturing our beautiful city in the background.

cotton lace trench coat

Yay Nashville!

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  • puu
    May 1, 2013

    fabulous!

  • Lori
    May 1, 2013

    Lauren, your selection of this lace for your trench is just so over-the-top. Fantastic job, you will love this trench for many, many years.

  • Peter
    May 1, 2013

    Wonderful job, Lauren. It’s gorgeous — a classic with a twist!

  • oonaballoona
    May 1, 2013

    oh lauren, it’s glorious!! and your photos are fantastic. you may have to bribe your new photographer.

  • Maggie
    May 1, 2013

    This is beautiful!

  • Dawn
    May 1, 2013

    I can’t believe you would wear that jacket outside! What, with the risk of having some envious fool strip it right off your back and all. It is absolutely freakin lovely. Want.

  • Angela
    May 1, 2013

    Wow!!! I think that’s all I can say. That is one amazing coat and I am serioulsly in love with that trench. AMAZING!!!

  • Serenity
    May 1, 2013

    I wouldn’t have thought to make a trench coat with lace but you did an amazing job. I might have to bite…

  • Kay
    May 1, 2013

    It is stunning! I love it. You did a more than fantastic job.

  • Erica B.
    May 1, 2013

    Lovely and fabulous photos!

  • Hazel
    May 1, 2013

    Lauren, your coat is amazing. I couldn’t imagine what it would look like seeing the sneak peaks on your blog but it’s totally stunning!

  • Amanda S.
    May 1, 2013

    *Gasp!* Wow! What a stunner! The navy blue underneath was the perfect choice. LOVE it!

  • Carolyn
    May 1, 2013

    You did the dayum thing! I’m so glad that you went for it and made this amazing trench! I am in awe!

  • KristiEllKay
    May 2, 2013

    Holy fuckballs, this is amazing. Absolutely brilliant!

  • Sue K
    May 2, 2013

    This is absolutely beautiful. I like that you decided to underline it, but not add lining, it looks much more useful and beautiful. The color is perfect on you, and it’s sewn beautifully.

  • Cissie
    May 2, 2013

    Wow, Lauren. You have every right to be thrilled with your trench. Love, love, love the lace. And what an amazing technical job you did. Every detail — pockets, seam finishes, etc, etc — done perfectly. Great job!

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 3, 2013

    I’ve commented on you blog but must say one more time how fabulous this coat is. Congratulations on a job well done. LOVE IT!

  • Ginger
    May 3, 2013

    I can’t even deal with how awesome this is! It looks FABULOUS! Great job, girl!

  • Lori
    May 8, 2013

    This is a gorgeous gorgeous trench!!!!
    I was at Mood Designer Fabrics in LA last Sunday and
    should have looked for a fabric for this pattern but was so overwhelmed with choices …….

  • Diana Deap
    May 17, 2013

    Just beautiful! I love the inside finish too.