Pattern testing: Robson coat

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robsonI’m sure you must be all excited when you read Tasia’s post about Sewaholic latest pattern: the Robson coat! This is an unlined classic trenchcoat that is perfect for warmer weather. I was fortunate once again to have the opportunity to be one of the pattern testers. This is my fourth time by the way, I’ve tested Minoru jacket, Renfrew top, and Hollyburn skirt before. Thank you Tasia!

Here’s the description of the pattern: description: “Trench coat features rounded collar and lapel, princess seams, and front pockets. Double-breasted with storm flaps and epaulettes for a classic look. Coat is unlined, with inner seams bound with bias tape for a clean finish. Closes with buttons and a fabric tie belt to create an hourglass silhouette.”

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Tasia recommended to use light to medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton twill or canvas for this coat, but I have something like this in my mind, so my fabric choice was a bit different. As I didn’t find lace fabric similar to the Burberry coat, I used a pretty eyelet fabric in somewhat similar color. The fabric is polyester with eyelet pattern and certain sheen on it.

The store where I bought the fabric sells out of print and end of rolls fabric and there was only 4 m of 110 cm wide of the fabric left while Tasia suggested a lot more even for the size I was making, size 0. I spent some extra time arranging the pattern pieces and successfully managed to squeeze all of them in 4 m of fabric! My alteration was shortening the bodice and hem quite a lot so I think this has contributed to the success.

I underlined the fabric with rayon lining, carefully basted around each pieces by hand since both layers were quite slippery. This process took quite a long time but I’m glad I did it because it really made the sewing process easy. Per the instruction, all the seam allowances are then enclosed in bias binding. I made my own binding from the lining fabric but a store-bought one would make the process faster.
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If you’ve never made a coat before, I really recommend this pattern. At first glance, it may look a bit intimidating with all the pattern pieces, but Tasia has written a very good instruction as usual so everything is quite clear. The coat is unlined, so the sewing process is a lot more faster and easier than lined coat. Of course, who wouldn’t need a classic trenchcoat in their wardrobe? As for me, I’m super happy with my new spring trenchcoat!
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Pattern is Robson coat size 0.

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  • Gillian BC

    Absolutely stunning – I actually like your version more that the Burberry one. Well done.

  • Ouahhhhh, love this pattern, your version and the fabric is really beautiful 🙂

  • evesewcool

    Found you via lladybird and … OMG – Want a coat like this! It’s simply gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for posting

  • WOW! This coat is outstanding. I love it. My favourite version so far.

  • Novita you did it. Now I have to make this coat, too! 😉

  • Wow the fabric you used is divine! I have to find some somewhere!

    I am glad I am not the only patter tester who underlined. I did it for warmth, it gets cold in Wellington! Love your version of the Robson coat, great job 🙂

  • leila

    hello dear iam from iran tanks

  • This is so lovely! I wasn’t necessarily interested in that pattern, but your Robson has made me add that pattern to my wishlist. You did a fantastic job and I really love your choice of fabric.

  • Novita… WHY U SO AWESOME? You look amazing in that coat, and the boots are super nice!

  • What an amazing trench! I love your use of the eyelet. Stunning!

  • mo

    Your coat looks fabulous. What a unique fabric choice. Love it. Robson coat now on my pattern wish list!!

  • Love this coat! I ordered the pattern a few days ago and was thinking I’d make a basic black one, a bright fun one and now I just HAVE to have a lace on too! You did a fabulous job on it! ~Laurie

  • Katherine

    Novita, can you help locate similar fabric to the one you used in your coat? Also, how much did you shorten your jacket by?

    • Hi Katherine, the fabric I used was from store that sells end of rolls only so I’m sorry I don’t know where to find them. I shortened the bodice about 2.5 cm and the hem about 15 cm.

  • Novita, I love your blog! I am also a Tokyo-based sewist, and I love seeing how you use Japanese fabrics in your projects. So great! This trench is awesome, I’m feeling inspired to make one too.
    Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Angela! I visit your blog often! Thank you for dropping by. Hope to see your trench coat soon!