Pattern Revolution is hosting a ‘Top Stitcher’ competition where followers are invited to sewalong with the monthly prompts.
One quickly jumped out at me: “Cinderella”. No, not the frilly Disney princess, but this interpretation:
“This prompt is inspired by the March release of the new live action film, Cinderella. According to Wikipedia, “The word “Cinderella” has, by analogy, come to mean … one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.” With this in mind, select a fabric type or garment that has long gone out of style, and incorporate it into a look so OTT that it will bring it back from obscurity!”
Last fall I sewed up a trench coat for my daughter. A trench coat was a late 18th century invention, and was initially worn only by army officers. These long coats have faded in and out of fashion over the last 150 years, with one of the most iconic versions being the 1970’s trench with the huge lapels and shoulder pads.
I was very happy with this modern version of the trench coat. The pattern is Ottobre 1/2013 #31.
The only modification was to quilt a underlining of polar fleece to the lining, to make it more appropriate for our northern Albertan winters.
The fabrics, both inner and outer, are Stenzo woven poplins from L’Oiseau Fabrics. This pattern includes so many great details, and with minimal instructions, is not a beginner project, but it was great to work on something challenging and succeed!
This project was originally shared over at Elegance and Elephants in August of 2014.