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I had decided that I needed an Autumn Trenchcoat after the amazing Liverpool Lace Trench last year-I still can’t believe I actually made it!
So bearing in mind I have a navy capsule wardrobe for the Autumn, I ordered some navy gaberdine and cream paisley lining from Calico Laine.
As a blogger for them I get 20% off any of my fabric orders. I used Burda Style 7237.

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Navy and cream… Classic combination.
I decided to use the same pattern for my coat but was inspired by this coat I saw on a famous burlesque dancer walking through LAX….don’t you love the bow?? Image courtesy of Google.

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My favourite part of making the coat is definitely the front , it is very fiddly and time consuming but it looks so lovely when it is completed.
I love the pockets on it.

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I thought it would be a good record for me to photograph it as I went along…I think there could be a new trench every year! And the pattern does get a little confusing and it doesn’t always go right!
So this is a blog post in parts.

HOW TO SEW A BOW TRENCH part 1
I started by ironing both my fabric (right sides together) and my pattern.

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I then used my old cooking weights to hold down the fabric as I cut it out.

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I marked directly onto the fabric with my tailors chalk …it was the wrong side underneath the pattern…and I wrote on each piece what it was!! I know, I know….some is obvious!

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This all took me a good few hours as I was trying to be precise and also Annice was making herself a kimono! So we were sharing the space!
That is it for this post…keep following for the next part!

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