Deer & Doe Luzerne Trench Coat

For my birthday, back in October, my good friend Sacha bought me a fabulous pattern! It was the Deer and Doe Luzerne trench coat pattern. It is rated as an intermediate sew and it is a meaty sew! I was very excited to get started but at the end of 2017 I had other sewing commitments so I couldn’t get going until January.

I traced out the pattern on January the 1st and sewed my final stitch on January 31st! It literally took me one month to make this project.

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This was a project that I could take my time with. It was easily broken up into smaller chunks and I sewed it slowly and (mostly) got it right. I really enjoyed this slow sewing.

The bit that took the longest was the tracing and the cutting out. There are so many pattern pieces! The fabric that I chose was a plain, medium weight cotton drill from Minerva Crafts in a chocolate brown. After a good look around other people’s blogs and Instagram feeds, I went with a fabric that I saw a couple of Luzernes made up in, so I had reasonable confidence that it would work for me! The perils of internet fabric shopping! This fabric comes in a lot of different colours, and I did ponder getting a brighter colour but I went for Brown because I know it suits me! Black is too heavy on me and I already have a navy blue coat so those colours were out!

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Obligatory flashing pose to show off binding!

Now, I know that brown can be a little dull so I had to go for a funky binding, and lots of it! I found this leopard print bias binding in Boyes and I thought it was a perfect match for the brown. I ended up buying 11 metres of the stuff!

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The trickiest part of the project is right at the start so you get it out of the way. The trickiest part is the welt button holes. I had a practice on a scrap of fabric and they turned out fine. Once the button holes were done I breathed a sigh of relief and carried on! The buttons I also received for my birthday and they go perfectly. They are hand painted and there are three different colours so I had difficulty deciding which colours were to go where. I’m still not sure I’m absolutely happy about the positioning of these so I may yet re-sew them (although I probably won’t).

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I’m so pleased with this coat. I’ve worn it once but it isn’t warm enough to wear it just yet. This is definitely a spring coat. Also, I can’t wear it with a thick jumper underneath. The upper arms and shoulders are a little tight to wriggle in to. Once the coat is on however, it is fine! I do really like the shape it gives me. The coat makes me look like I have a waist! Also, look at the size of those pockets! I can fit my life in those. I think this coat will be worn a lot!

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I’m off to see Sacha this weekend. I hope she likes what I’ve done with the pattern. I’ve also made her a little something for her birthday which will be what’s next on the blog! See you then 😀

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