Making Clothes: Two Trench Coats

I learned to sew as a child, but didn't seriously immerse myself into the world of garment making until about 10 years ago, when I started taking fashion design classes at night. It was transformative to learn how to take an idea and a sketch, translate it into a workable pattern and then create a final garment that fit perfectly. I love making outerwear, and two of my fave projects are the trench coats below.

The Soutache Lace Trench on the left is backed with silk taffeta and is one of the most luxurious coats I've ever made. It was one of my projects during a Susan Khalje couture sewing workshop, which was an immense experience. It was such a privilege to learn couture sewing techniques from a master.

The Metallic Trench on the right has traditional trench coat details, such as epaulets and storm flaps, but it is made in a decidedly non-traditional metallic fabric. I wore this to a work-related meeting that I knew would be challenging, and wow -- I have to say that I felt very confident when I walked into that conference room!

Here are some detail and in-process shots of the Soutache Lace Trench. I love the generous label and collar; the intricately laser-cut buttons; the covered snaps in silk crepe; and the lovely scallops and eyelash fringe that formed the natural border of the lace fabric.


I love working on these types of projects -- those that feature exceptional fabrics and trims, as well as unique details that aren't always found in ready-to-wear garments. In my current collection, the Lantern Coat and Luxe Parka are made-to-measure designs that afford me the opportunity to provide my clients with a customized experience. Contact me if for any additional information!




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