A Lightweight Trench for Spring
I know what you’re thinking. I already have a trench coat – one made with some amaaaazing lace), to be exact – do I really need a second one?
If it involves polka dots – well, duh, the answer is always yes!
In all seriousness, though, this trench absolutely fills a gap in my spring wardrobe. I realized recently that I need something lightweight for this temperamental weather – something to get me through the cool mornings, something that wasn’t too bulky to carry around when it inevitably warmed up outside in the afternoon, and bonus if it protected my clothes during the rain. Also, polka dots.
This reversible cotton/poly polka dot woven from Mood Fabrics ticked all my boxes. I love that it’s reversible – since the pattern I used doesn’t call for a lining, this is a fun and easy way to add interest to the inside of the jacket. The double layer means it’s slightly warmer than your standard cotton, and the addition of the polyester gives it a little hand and sheen that makes it look totally trench-appropriate. Oh, and it also keeps the thing from wrinkling too much – which I can attest to, after wadding it up and shoving it in my bike basket when the rain stopped. Shook it out when I got home and that thing looks good as new!
Since the fabric isn’t outlandishly thick, I was able to use it for all the bias binding on the inside of the jacket as well. I used the right side (navy with white dots); I think it adds a nice contrast to the wrong side of the fabric.
The construction on this jacket was pretty straightforward, especially considering I’ve already made up this same jacket before. I used the Sewaholic Robson as my pattern and shortened the hem so it would sit about hip length on me. I also raised the pockets – one thing that bummed me out about my lace coat is that the pockets are just toooo low! Fortunately, they’re in the right place now, at least on the dotty version 🙂 I also swapped out the tie belt for a proper belt, using a gold belt buckle I had in my stash.
Sewing this fabric was BEYOND easy. I admit I was a little apprehensive at first about that polyester – I thought this stuff was gonna be a nightmare to press. Honestly, it pressed better than some of my natural fibers! I used a sharp Microtex needle and tried to be stingy with the pins – this particular fabric does like to show pin marks (and also needle punctures, should you decide your topstitching is in the wrong place and you want to unpick it and redo at a different width. OOPS. Not tooooo noticeable once you get it good with the steam iron, though!). It doesn’t ease terribly well – I have a few small puckers in my sleeve caps – but overall, not too bad. The only downside is that it LOVES to fray like crazy. I found that as long as I bound off my seams before they had a chance to be handled much, it kept the fraying to a minimum. But definitely consider finishing your seams should you choose to use this fabric.
I initially had chosen buttons from Mood Fabrics to finish off my coat, but once I got them in the mail they were just all sorts of wrong. Thankfully, I was able to return them for store credit (yay! Thank you, Mood!), and I decided to go with some gold crest buttons I had in my stash. I think they give the coat a very luxe feel, yes?
I’ll confess now – I actually finished this coat a week ago, and have been wearing it ever since (hooray for random cold snaps!). I really really love it- the shape and fabric are super cute, and make me look put together even if I’m wearing pajamas underneath (which… may or may not have happened). I even waterproofed the whole thing with Scotch Gard, so it actually serves it’s purpose as a real rain jacket.
Now I just need a matching umbrella and I’m all set! 🙂