Every so often I feel the need for a dressmaking challenge, a change from the workaday shirts, blouses, skirts and pants that can be run up in a day or two. When my Monday morning gals gave me a Fabulous Fabrics voucher for a birthday gift a year or so back I wanted to make some sort of classic. So I opted for this trench coat pattern, Burda 7786, view A.
The pattern was a great pattern, one I will use again; though ended up being not extremely challenging. Large amounts of double topstitching, but all the seams were simple straight easy seams.
Home seamstresses will concur that half the hurdles of DIY are sourcing the fabric you envisage for a project; in this case I went with this seersucker in spite of its white colour which wasn't my ideal. I really wanted more of a beige or tan or even chocolate coloured cotton, as a classic trench coat colour but couldn't find anything which fitted the bill. I feel this white is a bit too "lab coat". As my original career was as an analytical chemist when I wore a lab coat day in day out I'm keenly aware of avoiding the lab coat look! However the belt on this one makes it less lab coat, and even though its a bright bright white this has ended up being a good useful fashion choice for summer. I think I'll keep it going for another summer in this guise, then will probably dye it for next summer, for a change.
There was enough of this fabric leftover for me to make a little top, posted about here.
Wore it out today to meet some friends for morning tea, then it's back to the office...
Skirt; Vogue 7303, olive corduroy
Camisole; Country Road
Sandals; Vicenza, from Soletta shoes
Gold necklace; my grandmother's
Pink necklace; self-made