Bronze coat from the stash


I don’t know if this is the same for all home stitcher’s but I try really really hard to buy ‘sensible’ fabrics that work well in many variations, a denim here, a white cotton there. Nothing too out there because I have had a tendency in the past to make impulse purchases that leave me wondering what I can use the fabric for in the cold light of day.


Then sometimes I find a special fabric and just cannot resist buying a few metres to stash away. This incredible bronze jacquard was just such a purchase, it was love at first sight.

With a summer of weddings pending I decided to take a leap of faith and create a trench coat evening gown to wear to a castle wedding in Austria. I am pretty confident with ‘Named Clothing’s’ Isla trench, having made a couple of them before so I decided to hack the pattern and make it longer for evening.

I have to say I truly love this piece, the fabric is just beautiful but it isn’t a dress and it wasn’t suitable to wear as one so the coat stayed in the cupboard in Austria. I thought about shortening the pattern to make a short trench for slightly less glamorous evenings out, I think it could look fab with a pair of skinny jeans and a simple heel.

Luckily my sister was to be married on the first most freezing weekend of the autumn and I had the most perfect coat to put on top of my bridesmaid dress. So she got a run out on a very special day and I was ever so slightly warmer than I would have been without the foresight to make the coat!


That impulse fabric purchase will live in the family album for years to come…


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