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I can't believe I'm about to do this — A Trench-Sew-Along

2009 August 11
by elizabeth_admin

But, I am starting a Trench-Sew-Along.  Yep, you read it correctly.  Me, Elizabeth of the sleeve sewn inside out dress is starting a trench-sew-along.  In comments on my Burberry Trench Coat post, Kerry and Sara both suggested that we start a trench coat sew along together and I laughed and laughed.  Especially since my exposé Burberry trench post was posted right after the Sleeve Debacle.  I thought for sure that inserting a sleeve on inside out would automatically kick me out of the sewing club, not launch me into the coat-making stratosphere.  Apparently that was just hazing or some kind of sewing rite of passage. 

I’ve never hosted a sew along, so I don’t know how this works exactly.  If anyone is interested in joining, please let me know in the comments of this post.  And while you’re at it, give me some direction on how to host this kind of thing.  Should I start another blog with multiple authors so that everyone can post their progress?  Does that sound right?  My only caveat: I sew slow.  Very slow.  I overthink every decision.  So if you think I will be done with this trench coat before the first snow, you will be sorely disappointed.  Hmm… end date.  Not sure about that one.  This might be an evolving sew along with everyone’s input into shaping it. 

Here’s my starting point.  I have no pattern in mind, no fabric, no lining, and no notions.  I am thinking that a raglan sleeve coat might be the easiest to start with and nothing too fitted.  I definitely want a self fabric belt.  It has to be lined and have two pockets (not welted though).  An interior pocket would be nice too.  Does that sound doable for a beginner?  Am I nuts?  Out of mind? 

I’m going to borrow Summerset’s parting shot.  Here’s a pic of my stretch navy cotton all cut out and ready to be sewn up tonight and tomorrow night.  Could it be that I will have a pair of capri pants to wear this weekend?  Stay tuned to find out.  🙂

navy stretch fabric cut

Happy sewing!  And don’t forget to let me know in the comments if you would like to join the Trench Along.

3 Responses leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009

    Yay, count me in.

  2. August 11, 2009

    Dependent on the due date, I might want to join in. I’m a new sewer so I probably need lots of time (hee-hee). I’ve been wanting a short sleeve trench coat that I remember seeing in the runway. Would love to have one for days when it’s too hot to wear a long sleeve trench.

    For ideas on running these sew along, you might want to contact Cindy at Colour by Numbers (which I see you also follow). She and others just started a Chanel jacket sew along. Cindy is so wonderful and helpful that I think she may be able to give you tips.

  3. August 12, 2009

    Hi. Sara recently shared your blog with me and told me about the trench sew along. I am a beginner @ heart (haven’t done any zippers, buttons). I am following your blog in order to keep updated. If the pattern isn’t too complicated, then I’d be interested. Thanks so much.

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