Completed: The Blue Lace Robson (!!!)

2 May

Ok folks, here ya go – big reveal time!

Lace Trench


Lace Trench


Lace Trench

For the full nitty-gritty of this project, see my posts part 1 and part 2 for the making of.

Lace Trench

If you just want quick facts, here ya go! The pattern is the Robson Coat by Sewaholic Patterns. I cut a size 2 at the shoulders/neckline, graded out to a 4 at the bust, and then down to a 0 at the waist/hips. I removed about 3″ of length from the bottom, and about 1″ of length from the sleeves.

Both of the main fabrics are from Mood – the blue lace for the top (and yeah, sorry, but I bought the last of it! HA!), and the cotton sateen underlining. The polka dot batiste I used for the bias stripes came from my local fabric store. I’m sure Mood had something perfect in the store, but it’s hard to color-match from several states away (and if you were wondering… I had one of the employees help me pick the underlining to make sure I had the right color).

Lace Trench

Fair warning: this coat eats up a LOT of fabric! Not the full 6 yards as suggested by the pattern envelope (at least not in my size!), but I still wouldn’t recommend this for a very expensive fabric unless you are just really really in love and willing to deal with the cost. I spent about $175 on materials for this coat – that includes the blue lace, the navy underlining, the polka dots that I used for the bias strips, the interfacing, the thread, and the buttons. Yes, part of this *was* subsidized for Mood as part of the Mood Sewing Network, but I still had to pay quite a bit out of pocket. I’m not saying it’s not worth it – because it isssssss – but be forewarned that this coat can get very very expensive, very fast.

Lace Trench

Still, it’s a helluva lot cheaper than that $2000 Burberry trench I see floating around Pinterest. Forreal!

Lace Trench

Plus, it’s not a boring neutral color. That fucker is BLUE.

Lace Trench

Anyway, I used a little under 4 yards of 54″ wide fabric to cut the coat. Keep in mind that I did shorten the length (and my ONLY regret is that I shortened at the hem instead of at the waist because the pockets are a bit low. Oh well! I don’t use pockets that much anyway). My cotton sateen was 50″ and I used about 4.5 yards of that. For the bias tape, I bought 2/3 yard of 45″ fabric and made my own 1/2″ tape…. I did not use the whole 2/3 of the yard, as I stopped when I got to 20 yards. I did however, end up using about 15 yards of the stuff to bind my seams. I know the envelope calls for less than that, buy an extra package if you’re unsure!

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

I can wear the lapels up or folded down. Which one do you like better?

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Here it is open. Omg I felt like such a flasher taking that picture, ha!

Ok, I’m running out of things to say so here’s a picture dump.

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

Lace Trench

I could not be more thrilled with my finished coat – all the workings of a classic trench, but sewn up in a beautiful (and colorful!) lace! Yes!!

Special thanks to my friend Jenna for taking these gorgeous pictures (oh yeah, you didn’t think I took these, did ya? :)) and capturing our beautiful city in the background. She is the best, and if you don’t already follow her you are SORELY missing out. Also, sorry not sorry for the picture overload… I’m just elated, ok!?

Welcome to Music City, y'all!

Yay Nashville!

135 Responses to “Completed: The Blue Lace Robson (!!!)”

  1. Lauren at 10:02 am #

    It’s absolutely stunning! Congratulations!

  2. Scruffy badger at 10:02 am #

    One word, AWESOME.
    Ingenious fabric choices and totally works. You look ace and I get you’ll get so much more enjoyment of your trench than yards of bias you’ve used 🙂

  3. Emily at 10:06 am #


  4. Lelie at 10:06 am #

    Wow! Speachless, that coat is beautifull!

  5. Shannon at 10:07 am #

    It’s BEAUTIFUL! That lace.

  6. PendleStitches at 10:07 am #

    I’d be elated too…it’s frickin’ gorgeous. I LOVE the colour and you’ve done an AMAZING job of it! And I’d happily pay $175 for a coat that cute…yah boo sucks to Burburry, I say

  7. Debbie at 10:12 am #

    Your coat is amazing and I’m so jealous that you bought the last of this fabric 🙂 It really does make a stunning, unique coat.

  8. Rebby (@GeeksterGirl) at 10:12 am #

    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Such an inspiration to tackle some of those difficult patterns!

  9. Kathy at 10:25 am #

    OMG! That is the prettiest coat I’ve ever seen!

  10. amelialowden at 10:28 am #

    Oh my G, everything about this is STUNNING!! You say it got expensive but that looks like a £1000 trench coat so actually I think it was a bargain!
    Gorgeous colour too!!

  11. lm2hyd at 10:28 am #

    Beautiful job. Beautiful color, beautiful coat. As for the lapels, I like them folded out and visible.

    Just gorgeous.

  12. Sarah W. at 10:33 am #

    Soo pretty! This is like a masterpiece. Do you ever enter your sewing in the state fair or anything? I just feel like it needs extra recognition.

  13. Roisin Muldoon at 10:39 am #

    Stylish as fuck. I love it x

  14. lbrundage at 10:42 am #

    Yeah, that’s pretty amazing. Great coat!

  15. Katie at 10:44 am #

    Beautiful coat!

  16. Clipped Curves at 10:45 am #

    Excuse me while I get over my ‘inside of garment neatness’ envy… ok done. Lauren, finishing that coat is a fantastic accomplishment and it’s been so worth the hours you put in.

  17. ClaireE at 10:46 am #

    I have spent the last five minutes staring at the pictures! It is absolutely gorgeous. Your choice of fabric is inspired and the colour is just amazing.

  18. goodbyevalentino at 10:48 am #

    I’m speechless?…………You make me sick?………… Who do you think you are making something so pretty?…………I’m going to burn down my sewing room?……………

  19. CGCouture at 10:48 am #

    This coat turned out every bit as amazing as I thought it would. So incredibly jealous!!!

  20. lisa g at 11:32 am #

    so, so beautiful! i enjoyed seeing the construction deets along the way. enjoy that coat!

  21. Ginny at 11:34 am #


  22. Lori at 11:43 am #

    it is so incredibly beautiful and you look fantastic wearing it. I love it!

  23. macstabby at 11:46 am #

    So effing gorgeous!

  24. maddie at 11:49 am #

    Akk! Amazing! I’ve followed along as you made it and was anxiously awaiting its reveal. You said you took some amazing photos of it and you didn’t lie. So much better (and cheaper) than the Burberry coat!

  25. Tia at 11:51 am #

    Amazing coat! It’s beautiful and so professional looking. Great job!

  26. Helen at 12:00 pm #

    Lauren, this is amazing! The colour is even better in the daylight! Want!

  27. Joanne at 12:02 pm #

    Gorgeous fabric choice! It was great to read about your progress on this project. It makes me want to make one too.

  28. Trice at 12:03 pm #

    I seriously love this coat, Gorgeous

  29. Jennifer at 12:06 pm #

    Who wouldn’t be elated with success like that!? It’s awesome!

  30. carolyn at 12:07 pm #

    If you’re going to spend that much making a coat then it better come out as absolutely gorgeous as this one! I love everything about it! The color, the fabric, the details…I could gush for days!

  31. Ashley at 12:07 pm #

    Love it! I’m a sucker for a coat that is not black, grey, beige, etc. So great to see something in a bright color! Yay spring!!!

  32. designcloseup at 12:09 pm #

    Seriously this coat is a complete show-stopper, I can’t wait wait to get to the stage when I’m confident enough in my sewing skills to do a great coat for myself too 🙂

  33. Sabs at 12:10 pm #

    I love you. Well, the coat. No, you for making it. Oh hell, just, I love it.

  34. Aleksandra at 12:21 pm #

    Oh my God, that coat is GORGEOUS! I love everything about it. Awesome job, girl!

  35. Melissa S. at 12:25 pm #

    It’s so BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love it! I am inspired to make my own (someday, when I feel I finally have the skillz). Good job and I know you’ll get tons of compliments wearing it around town.

  36. ladykatza at 12:26 pm #

    I’m so fucking jealous of this coat. If you weren’t, like, eight sizes smaller than me I’d totally mug you for it.

    But its cool, mine’s gonna be in red houndstooth.

  37. AWESOME. That is fantastic! Who the hell needs a neutral trench anyway when you could have a fabulous blue lace version?! I am really not a big lace fan either, but this is an exceptionally fantastic use of lace. WOW. The fit and color on you are perfect!

  38. Tasia at 12:52 pm #

    Gorgeous job Lauren! You’ve done such an amazing job, the whole coat is just so beautiful and truly a labour of love. The fabric is stunning! I love that it’s a bold, bright colour, it totally suits you. Well done! So excited to see the Robson pattern sewn up in such a beautiful way! (Mind if I share a couple photos on my blog?)

    • LLADYBIRD at 12:56 pm #

      Of course! I’m so flattered that you’d want to share it 🙂 Take whatever photos/info you like, out of any of the posts 🙂 and THANK YOUUUU for making this pattern because, god, it’s so so perfect.

  39. ShanniLoves... at 12:58 pm #

    Freaking fantastic! It’s a beauty and I’d never wanna take it off. One of my favorites from you.

  40. MarrieB at 1:14 pm #

    Stunning! I knew it would be fabulous, but, just, wow!

  41. Shae cannon at 1:23 pm #

    It is GORGEOUS I tell you! Just gorgeous! You did a magnificent job on it!

  42. CarolinasCallin at 1:24 pm #

    Well, look at YOU! That is one FABULOUS coat 🙂 Congrats on wrestling this puppy to the ground and coming up with a clever, beautiful addition to your wardrobe! I have a feeling you’ll be wearing this and accepting compliments a lot! Enjoy, and thanks for ‘walking’ us through the construction, too 🙂

  43. Fiona at 1:24 pm #

    Wow. Just wow

  44. sewmuchchoice at 1:31 pm #

    This is unbelievably beautiful, I have mega sewing envy!

  45. Elisha at 1:34 pm #

    I’m all like Zack-and-Kelly-kissing-Saved-by-the-Bell-style-audience “Woooooooooooh!” Just a question because I’m about to venture out into FBA territory for the first time ever, and you’re like my FBA idol, why grade out to a larger size at the bust here instead of FBA?

    • LLADYBIRD at 2:32 pm #

      Mostly because I’m lazy :B haha! I really just take it on a case by case basis… patterns that don’t include a bust dart and/or are princess seamed (as the case for this coat), I find I can get away with just widening the area instead of putting in a whole FBA. If there were darts, it would be a whole ‘nother story.

  46. zilredloh at 1:36 pm #

    OMG, It’s awesome!!! I have fabric in my stash that I could use for this coat, but I don’t want to use it… it’s such a boring grey color. I need a pop of color after seeing your blue beauty. 🙂

    I was going to comment along the way about your construction woes… but here you are with your finished trench already. It’s fab!!!

  47. Rachael-Lynn at 2:16 pm #

    Deee-lightful! Your Robson is delightful! My Robson is still in the queue. Fabric is purchased but sitting on a shelf…
    Thanks for the Nashvegas backdrop! Oh, how I miss it!

  48. Alex in California at 2:27 pm #

    Spectacular! To my eye the buttons look a little
    undersized which of course does not mean they look wrong.

    • LLADYBIRD at 2:30 pm #

      No, I agree – I think they look at little small. They are 3/4″, though, which is the size suggested for the pattern.

  49. Sarah at 2:35 pm #

    Utterly amazing! Well done you! Happy coat twirling!

  50. Aline at 2:55 pm #

    Ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous. I love love love the lace for the coat (also loved the one that inspired you) and I might steel the idea, because it is too good not to. Looks wonderful on you, what a beautiful fabric and a lovely color. Great job!

  51. Heather at 3:06 pm #

    Super gorgeous!

  52. katy sinclair at 3:20 pm #


  53. missjoiedevivre at 3:28 pm #

    You deserve to be elated, this is freaking amazing. I hope you’re constantly stopped in the street by people asking where you got it from so you can see “this??? Oh, I made it.” And then they can squeal in admiration and amazement. Because you deserve ask the admiration there is. Wow!

  54. stephanie@mabelmakes at 3:57 pm #

    Wow it turned out amazing! I love the lace and the colour is great. A nice twist 🙂 I think I prefer the lapels folded down btw. Love it!

  55. didyoumakethat at 4:09 pm #

    That is one class act. You’re a class act!

  56. Nothy at 4:13 pm #

    Fabulous. I love the lace on a trench-coat.

  57. Rosie at 4:17 pm #

    Hah – love it (almost as much as I love you)! I am sure kitteh helped you and I hope you rewarded him for his hard work. The color / fabric is just right.

  58. Laura Sinclair at 4:32 pm #

    Wow, this is completely amazing.

  59. Philipppa at 4:35 pm #

    It’s fabulous!

  60. sewcookgardenrepeat at 4:42 pm #

    Lauren that looks so flippin awesome!!!

  61. Marie at 4:54 pm #

    This is amazing!!!!! Truly!!! I love the lapels up as it shows off such lovely detail and is a bit different if you know what I mean!?

  62. Kimmie at 5:02 pm #

    Ummm. It looks better than I could imagine and yes that fucker is blue and that fucker is awesome

  63. katlane12 at 5:13 pm #


  64. Julia Bobbin at 5:32 pm #

    Nailed it. I love your coat. Well done! I totes want to visit Nashville

    • LLADYBIRD at 8:50 am #

      Do ittt!! You can crash on my velvet couch 😉

  65. Michelle at 5:34 pm #

    Gorgeous!! It is perfect and lovely. And Nashville! Your coat coordinates so well with the AT&T building!

    • LLADYBIRD at 8:51 am #

      I’m just tickled that you know it’s the AT&T building!

  66. tania@sewitanyway at 5:37 pm #

    Such a lovely coat!!
    And so totally deserving of an on-location photo shoot!

  67. Nay at 6:02 pm #

    So damn good!

  68. Bec Stitches at 7:06 pm #

    Looks amazing. Good work

  69. Spencer at 7:09 pm #

    It’s beautiful! I am so envious I cannot see straight!! If it didn’t rain like a MOFO here i would totally make a lace version. As it stands I will have to settle for a bright yellow water proof version to stand-up to shitty weather of the PNW

    • LLADYBIRD at 8:51 am #

      Still, that sounds pretty awesome!! Can’t be unhappy in a neon yellow trench coat 🙂

  70. Becca at 7:29 pm #

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m totally wiping drool of my keyboard right now. What a great set of photos, too! AMAZING!

  71. myrosesindecember at 8:14 pm #

    Exquisite. I love the lace. Is it cotton?

    • LLADYBIRD at 8:52 am #

      It’s not… I’m not sure exactly what the content is (as I never saw the bolt it was cut from), but the flowers are definitely nylon and they melt when you burn them, ha. It presses very easily, though – no scorching/melting as with pure polyester.

  72. Amanda at 8:34 pm #

    Booyah! That is one blue coat and it looks RAD! I am team colourful coats all the way and this is spectacular!

  73. Colleen at 9:07 pm #

    Well, you got 76 people in front of me telling you how gorgeous the coat is but I have to pile on the pile on. It is worth all the drool from all the people. And, I like the lapels UP! Gorgeous! Simply wonderful.

  74. I think I’m most in awe of how gorgeous it is INSIDE and not just outside. I bow down to your skills! Beautiful!

  75. It looks soo good! Materials may have been a little pricey but this looks like an item that you will love forever. And Nashville looks pretty too. 😉

  76. Renae at 11:37 pm #

    OH MY GOD. That is all.

  77. Jo at 11:46 pm #

    Well, obviously this rules. Well done! 😀

  78. aem2 at 12:45 am #

    This is so gorgeous. It will make all the other trench coats jealous. Plus, it matches your eyes!

  79. BeaW at 1:46 am #

    Amazing!!! That coat is so worth the cash and effort. The colour choice is great, too. After all that work you want it to be seen and noticed by everyone. I think I prefer it with the lapels down. Perfection!!!

  80. Elise Lin at 2:01 am #

    Very impressive, I love your coat! The lapels open is a little more dressy, but it looks good with them closed as well (that’s great for when it’s windy).

  81. Sølvi at 3:00 am #

    That is one super clever fabric choice! Great work! 🙂

  82. christine haynes at 3:15 am #


  83. Vairë Gwîr at 4:32 am #


  84. Sandra at 5:29 am #

    Gosh I hate you … you sew up projects soooooo quickly. That lace is just to die for and the colour is stunning…. Maybe you could consider auctioning this baby – I’m sure you would get way more than $175 for it 🙂

    • LLADYBIRD at 8:54 am #

      Haha! I was thinking this took foreeeever to make… over 2 weeks, that’s a long time for me! Mostly because of all the prep work I had to do; I bet a “normal” version with one layer of medium-weight fabric would sew up quite quickly!

  85. Novita at 6:01 am #

    Ooohhhhh gorgeous coat and amazing color!!!

  86. MaciNic at 6:17 am #

    That is awesome!! Love, love, love the colour and the flowers, every detail! – right down the the hint or orange peeking out in the first shots – stunning!

  87. Jane at 6:18 am #

    That coat is OFF the HOOK. I am dying over how pretty it is all finished, you should be super proud. I don’t think my skill level is at a place where I could make one of these myself, but I’m definitely putting it on my list, now.

  88. Susan at 8:14 am #

    Absolutely beautiful and the pictures show it off to perfection!

  89. sallie at 8:29 am #

    It’s perfection! I love it! Thank you for the picture overload!! I’m eating them up! And seriously… $175?!?! You could NEVER buy a coat this beautiful for $175! Enjoy it! You look drop dead gorgeous in this blue!

  90. Camilla at 9:50 am #

    This is exquisite. From the moment you posted your sumptuous blue lace I knew the finished item would be stunning. Be prepared for more compliments IRL. So many people are gonna being asking ‘where did you get that coat’. Simply gorgeous

  91. Tressa at 10:53 am #

    Oh my goodness– great job! That blue lace is gorgeous! I’m starting to get all the stuff together to make my own Robson coat too. Eek!

  92. Kelly at 11:04 am #

    My goodness this is a gorgeous coat. I love that bright blue!

  93. Rachel Mercado at 11:42 am #

    This is STUNNING!! You are stunning!! 🙂 I would pay double the price it cost you for a coat like this. It’s one of those pieces of a wardrobe that someone could own forever.

  94. Rochelle New at 12:54 pm #

    HO-LEE-CRAP I died. I am dead because that coat is so amazing. I just… I can’t even… you’re so damn good! That’s all I can say.

  95. carlalissa at 2:04 pm #

    This is simply a “MASTER PIECE”…. congratulations (I am blue of envy) LOL (in a good way)

  96. Chantal at 2:25 pm #

    Wow! That coat is absolutely gorgeous! I prefer the lapels down, but it looks great both ways. I can’t wait until I have the skills to make something this amazing!

  97. achoate8622 at 7:03 pm #

    Really really lovely! Makes me want to try a coat someday 😉

  98. Em at 7:26 pm #

    “That fucker is BLUE” made me laugh. Also the coat is beautiful!

  99. Amanda at 7:53 pm #

    So beautiful, Lauren! I really love this color. I know you think 2 weeks is slow, but I’m AMAZED at how fast you can sew a garment, and one as detailed as this coat no less! Also, your writing cracks me up, too funny. 🙂

  100. Amélie at 8:24 pm #

    Really beautiful ! totally in love with the fabric !

  101. nettie at 10:17 pm #

    This is awesome!!! So worth all of your work to have such a beautiful and unique item in your wardrobe!!

  102. Iveta at 3:05 am #


  103. gingermakes at 3:46 pm #

    This is absolutely gorgeous! What a perfect fabric choice! Beautiful job!!

  104. laura k at 7:42 pm #

    This coat is a real beauty. You did an amazing job! Yay!

  105. Angel at 7:10 am #

    It’s so perfect that I can’t stop watching at this coat…

  106. Flavie at 7:27 am #

    So so so so…….. ouah !! you’re just a crazy girl !!!
    That’s a really great project ! One of my favorite 🙂

  107. Taylor at 2:53 pm #

    Okay, I’m going to be the 117th person to tell you what an awesome job you did with this coat, but it’s true, this coat is amazing. Two weeks ?!? This would take me at least two months to make, if not longer.

  108. Eleyna at 5:37 pm #

    Wow, that is amazing! I love how you always choose fabric that totally suits you! Great great job!

  109. Miranda at 12:13 am #

    I love the picture where we get to see your eye color! Now the color of the coat is even more awesome!

  110. Meg the Grand at 12:13 pm #

    Absolute masterpiece! There are no words to do it justice, but it is perfect!

  111. Nicki at 9:49 am #

    I think you did the most amazing job. I love everything about this coat and you have inspired me greatly!

  112. crystalpleats at 12:35 am #

    This is an amazing jacket you will wear for years. Well done!

  113. Jenna at 7:46 pm #

    Beautiful color!! It looks great=)

  114. kate0795 at 6:21 pm #

    Wow! So clever. Kate x

  115. Www.Google.Com at 8:37 pm #

    Awesome post.


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