Completed: Sewaholic Robson, Jr.

21 May

Ever since I made my first trench coat last year (you know… the one in the amazing lace), I’ve been thinking of how to improve on it. Not that the lace coat needed a lot of improving – I mean, not to toot my own horn or anything (toot toot), but it’s pretty brilliant on it’s own. However, I knew there were a few things on the original that could use some updating.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

For one, I needed a coat that was a lighter weight. In these transitional spring days (specifically – when I wake up and it’s 50 degrees outside, then suddenly turns 80 by afternoon… I mean, what the fuck, weather?), a lightweight coat is a nice thing to have around. My lace Robson was a little tooo heavy, my Minoru a little too fall-esque (don’t get me wrong, though, I LOVE THAT COAT and I wear it all the time… in the fall) and obviously I can’t wear my big awesome plaid coat right now. Cardigans do work, but I wanted something that would also protect me from the rain (because, let’s be real, wet wool smells like shit).

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

I knew I wanted to make another Robson – I’ve wanted to make another since, well, right after I finished the first one. It’s just a fun pattern to put together – it’s very detailed, there is a lot of fiddly work involved (with all the bias binding and topstitching), but it comes together sooo well. Plus, it looks super polished and who says I can’t have two trench coats amirite?

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

I spent several months looking for a good fabric – and to be honest, I initially had my heart set on making a classic tan trench. I’ve always loved the way those look – talk about polished! However, I couldn’t find a good twill fabric – either it had stretch (a personal no-no when it comes to coatmaking), or it was the wrong weight, or the color was off.

This cotton/poly reversible polka dot fabric ended up linked to me via one of Mood Fabric’s sale emails – y’all ever sign up for those? They are, in one word, dangerous. Fabrics for half off! Aiee!! As soon as I saw the fabric and the price ($7 a yard YESSSS), I knew it was meant to be. I bought 3 yards and it ended up on my doorstep a few days later.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Guys. This is basically my DREAM coat. The polka dots make it sooo much more fun than if it had just been a borin ol’ tan coat. I’m so glad I came across this fabric, and that I snapped it up when I did. I admit I was initially afraid it would be a little too lightweight for the structure of a trench – and it is pretty lightweight, it’s not super warm or anything (but, like I said, I don’t need super warmth right now so that’s fine with me!) – but once I got in the facings and the hem, it holds it’s shape pretty well. It has a nice crisp drape and the poly content in the fabric gives it a subtle sheen that I think looks really nice for this sort of garment.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Plus, it’s reversible! Meaning the inside still looks cool as shit, but I didn’t have to line it to make it that way πŸ˜€ Yay!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Since I’ve already once talked at length into the making of this coat (well, the lace version… you can see the posts here and here, if you’re curious!), I’ll just go over what I changed for this coat.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

I think the biggest/most noticeable change is that it’s much shorter than the pattern is designed to be. I always felt like the lace one was a liiiittle too long on me – and not always the most flattering. The shorter length on the polka dot one is definitely more casual, which I like! To get this one hip length, I actually just put on the lace coat and measured how much to take off to get it where I wanted it, and then added my hem allowance and cut off the bottom of the pattern pieces. I usually use the lengthen/shorten lines (cos, duh, that’s what they’re there for), but I wanted my coat to be slightly more flared and I also felt that the waist length was fine… I just wanted to shorten the length below the waist. I think it worked out pretty well!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

I also raised the pockets on my trench – the pockets on the lace one are WAY too low, and I never use them (like, I can barely get my hands in them ahaha). Again, I just put the trench on and measured where I wanted the pockets to hit – I think I raised them close to 2″. They’re about 1″ below the belt looks, which for me was the perfect spot. Now I can actually use my pockets!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

One last thing I did was narrow the width of the front storm flaps on this trench – on my lace one, they have a tendency to stick out, and it’s pretty annoying! I wasn’t sure how to fix that, so ultimately I ended up putting on the lace trench (gah, most expensive muslin ever hahaha) and pinning out where there seemed to be excess flap, which I then measured and shaved off the pattern pieces. I think it was something like 1/2″, reduced to nothing – basically, if you look at the pattern piece, it’s where the bottom of the flap curves out by the armhole. After I cut that off, the flaps stay flat like they should.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Other than the above changes, I didn’t do anything else to the pattern. I did size this one down to the 0, so it’s smaller than the lace one (which I’ve lately felt like is a liiiiitle big). Other than that, I made no sizing adjustments and I did not stray from the directions!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

I agonized for waaaay longer than I should have over what buttons to use for this coat. Initially, I had picked plain navy buttons – boring! Then I chose some cool cream buttons with a gold ring around the edge, but once they came in, they just looked all sorts of wrong with the coat. Of course, at this point we were pushing deadline, so I didn’t have time to reorder (and THANK GOD Mood returns buttons, because that was like $30 right there haha! More than I spent on the fabric! Whyyy are buttons so expensive?), so I turned to my stash for a solution.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Aren’t they cool, though? I got them from my Mamaw a few years ago – she used to work for a garment factory, and when they ultimately closed down, she came bearing loads of sewing notions. Mostly buttons and huge spools of thread, which my mom and I split. I have several jars of these gold buttons (with two different crests), silver buttons, and leather-wrapped buttons (in brown and black). I think she said they were used on Tommy Hilfiger coats? HA! Thanks for the buttons, I guess, Tommy!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Working with this fabric was pretty easy. I used a Microtex 90/10 needle and tried to be mindful of my pins (since it does like to show pin marks and where you’ve ripped out stitches – although getting it good with the steam iron makes most of the holes disappear). I was a little afraid that the polyester content would make this hard to press, but it played nice with the iron, so that’s good! The only thing that sucked is that it doesn’t ease terribly well, so I have a little bit of puckering at the sleeve caps, oh well!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Since the fabric isn’t too thick (despite being double-faced) and it pressed well, I chose to use the remaining yardage to make bias binding for all the insides. I used the same side I used for the exterior of the coat – I think it gives a nice contrast the wrong side!

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Finally (yes, I’m wrapping up here, sorry y’all!), I swapped the tie belt with a gold buckle, to match the buttons. I think it gives the coat a nice final touch, plus, I just love buckles! I shortened the tie drastically and interfaced it for some extra stability.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

One thing I want to mention is that I actually waterproofed this bad boy! I used Scotch Gard and, well, just sprayed the everloving shit out of it and left it to dry overnight. I actually finished this coat a couple of weeks ago (the photos were taken the Saturday before Mother’s day), and I’ve been wearing it ever since, due to a random cold snap. I’ve managed to wear it in light drizzle *and* for Bike to Work Day (where there was also a light drizzle), and it’s definitely waterproof! Dunno how well the waterproofing works for torrential downpour or anything like that, but it works for the purposes I intended πŸ™‚ This is my first experience using this stuff, so while I can’t vouch for it in the long-term, I’ll be sure to post an update in a few months πŸ™‚

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

That’s it! Probably way too long of a post for something I’ve made twice (and already discussed at length), but hopefully this helps some of y’all who may have been on the fence about making this pattern or wanted to make the same changes I did.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Also! Landon took these photos for me – aren’t they nice? We actually shot these in my parent’s back yard, right above the creek that I used to play in as a kid πŸ™‚ That big plot of dirt behind me is actually my dad’s former garden (I say former because he moved everything closer to the house and put it in raised beds), although I think he’s going to plant corn there later this summer. If you think the garden looks huge, it is. It’s fucking gigantic and probably bigger than my house and yes, I’m spoiled with fresh vegetables all summer. Omg I can’t wait for tomato season.

Polkadot Robson made with reversible cotton/poly  from Mood Fabrics

Oh, right, and also – it’s my birthday today! Yay!! I’m 29 – and one year closer to 30 πŸ™‚ Think I might treat myself to a new Bernina foot soon, cos, well, I love buying myself presents. Ha!

Bye for now!!

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88 Responses to “Completed: Sewaholic Robson, Jr.”

  1. Little Leys May 21, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    Happy Birthday!!! (Fabulous coat BTW) x

  2. Pootle and Make May 21, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    This shorter version is so cute. I love the polka dots.

  3. Colleen May 21, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    Happy Birthday, Lauren! Enjoy being 29 (and it only gets better)! I love your coat a lot….I am yet to make mine but really want to soon — love the fabric advice.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      I am SO looking forward to my 30s, you have no idea πŸ™‚ Haha!!

  4. Kelly May 21, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    The coat is beautiful! And Happy Birthday!

  5. Nakisha May 21, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Happy Birthday!!

    Beautiful jacket!! Love the polka dots!

  6. Shelley May 21, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Happy birthday! I love getting your posts. They have inspired me to start sewing for myself again. Too bad they make me late for work, as I will read them instead of getting ready. The new coat looks great and practical. Looking forward to this week’s roundup. Enjoy your day and thanks to Landon for the lovely pictures that show how well your hair matches your eyes.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

      Aw yay! Always happy to hear I’m inspiring someone πŸ™‚ My blog makes me late for work too, so, I totally understand HAHA πŸ™‚

  7. Kathryn May 21, 2014 at 7:48 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    I love your coat. Beautiful.

  8. Frau Leo May 21, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    What a cool fabric! Alles Gute zum Geburtstag and happy sewing!

  9. Carrie in Stitches May 21, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Happy birthday! Adorable coat, I love polka dots, gold, and trench coats! Thank you for the details too, I plan to make this at some point and will definitely refer to your posts! I second your love of tomato season, mmmmm. I don’t even eat them during the rest of the year but during the summer I basically gorge myself (-:

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

      Oh man, there is NO point in eating tomatoes out of season. None at all. I feel so bad for people who try hahahahaha

  10. Maja May 21, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    Fantastic! Happy birthday! Mine is also today!

    Love the coat. Thinking already for a while to try making one, but don’t have a courage. Even bought a fabric but whenever it comes to it – i always choose to make sth else..

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      So awesome!! Happy birthday!! ❀

      And you should totally make up this pattern. I know it's a big process and it can seem intimidating, but it's really not so hard once you get into the swing of things. Plus, coats rule because you can wear them every day and no one will judge you (unlike if you wear any of your other handmades daily, you know? ha!)

  11. lisa g May 21, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    arghhhh now i totally regret not snapping up some of this fabric when i saw that email deal! this looks fantastic, i love the changes you made. every detail looks perfect! happy birthday πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Oh no!! I know that feeling – I’ve missed out on some good deals because my bank account wasn’t cooperating. Such a bummer!

  12. sallybeemakes May 21, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    Happy birthday! Love your coat. I’ve had the pattern for a while now and was thinking about making it shorter so its nice to see how great it looks shortened.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Yeah, I really like it short! Much easier to wear πŸ™‚

  13. PendleStitches May 21, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    Happy, happy birthday! Have fun.
    Love, love, love this coat. So chic!

  14. Summerflies May 21, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Happy birthday. I love the shorter Robson. I love the double sided fabric – it’s really terrific. Wish buying fabric from the US was cheap to ship… oh probably better it isn’t ’cause my stash would be way bigger! Oh and your parent’s place looks fantastic.

  15. black label May 21, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Awesome…& I love your fabric choice!
    Oh…& HAPPY BIRTHDAY, birthday twin. Im today too πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

      So many of us sharing a birthday!! Happy happy birthday!! ❀

  16. Sara May 21, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    The polka dots are great! And it’s waterproof! Seeing this, I’m finally thinking I might need to make a Robson…
    And happy birthday!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Do it!! Robsons for everyone :DD

  17. Mari May 21, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Such a wonderfully informative post. I love how you detail the changes you make and the reasoning behind it. Your posts always do a great job of educating the reader. Thanks so much and it is a darling coat.
    Happy Birthday!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

      Aw, thank you! I try to be as informative as possible so people don’t have to make the same mistakes I do, so it feels really good to know that people are getting something out of it πŸ™‚

  18. Heather Lou May 21, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    This is so rad. That reversible water proof fabric is making my mind melt. i’ve had this crazy raincoat I’ve been meaning to make for years out of clear vinyl and black piping and you’re making me want to not sleep this week so I can finally make it….

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

      Omggggg if I peer pressure you enough, will you do it? Because it sounds amazing.

  19. Alison Esther May 21, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Happy birthday!

    This trench is darling. I’ve been wanting to make a trench coat for some time and I wasn’t able to commit to a fabric color or print. Then I think I finally settled on mint, but damn I wish I’d thought of polka dots and lace…#fabricenvy

    And I’ve also been thinking about making a rain coat for the past like year and a half cause it rains like woah in stupid New England (I’m counting down the days til I move out to LA – can you tell?) and the Scotch Guard thing is the most obvious idea ever, but it didn’t even occur to me. I have been ordering samples of laminated cotton. And now I realize I can just make the mint trench and Scotch Guard it and then it’s also a rain coat and I ONLY HAVE TO MAKE ONE COAT?!?! So thank you for the brilliant idea.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

      A mint trench sounds amazing! You know… you could always make multiples to fulfill that trench need πŸ˜‰ OR OMG get some lace on that mint, and bind the seams with polka dots! Maybe I need to make a third coat? Haha!

      And yes, Scotch Gard is pretty awesome! My parents have used it for years, so I just got the idea from them haha πŸ™‚ It feels good to know we don’t have to stick to a specific laminated fabric – we can waterproof our own, fuck yeah!

  20. Emilie May 21, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    Wow! What a great coat! I’ve never “Scotch-Guarded” anything before, especially not a garment that I made. This may be a silly question but: Did you spray the coat after finishing it or like before you sewed the pieces together?
    Oh and have a happy b-day!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

      That’s not a silly question at all; I had to consider it while I was making the coat πŸ™‚ i actually waterproofed it after the coat was completely assembled (it isn’t waterproofed in these pictures – not that you can tell, since the Scotch Gard doesn’t affect the color or the drape or anything, but… now you know hahaha). I took it on my porch and sprayed the shit out of it! And that’s it! πŸ™‚

  21. Mari May 21, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    One more comment – I love your “lurking my closet” tab. You have made it so easy to go back and see any item you reference. I went back to study the lace coat so that I could see exactly what you referred to as far as alterations. (the reference in your current post did not automatically take be back to the lace coat but finding it was easy)

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      I’ve wondered if people use that tab (I use it to reference old posts, personally, hahah), so I’m glad to know that you do! Awesome! And thanks for letting me know that link was broken; I think I’ve fixed it now πŸ™‚

  22. Kelly May 21, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    It’s perfect! The fabric couldn’t be better and I love it with the gold. The short length looks really great too, and is perfect for this time of year! I seriously need a jacket like this – something to wear with bare legs. It just feels so silly wearing a knee-length trench when it’s not actually cold enough for tights!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

      That’s it!! That’s why I can’t bear wearing the longer one right now. I couldn’t figure out why, but you’re absolutely right – it feels weird wearing a long coat without tights.

  23. Clothilde May 21, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Happy Birthday! You look so lovely; and each of your makes inspires me to sew more πŸ™‚

  24. zilredloh May 21, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    Oooh I love it! The polka dots are perfect.

    I’ve been dreaming of making one of these Robson-rain coats too. Chicago weather has been crazy – just today it’s going from 50’s to 80’s. I sucked it up with a cardigan, but a trench would be so much better.

    I’ve been on the hunt for waterproof/water-resistant fabric and haven’t found any. Soo… scotch guard huh?! Did you spray your fabric post cutting or after you had your trench all assembled? I’ll be VERY interested to see how it holds up for you – as this seems to be the only option to get decent fabric to be waterproof.

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      I usually do a cardigan for this weather, but trench is better. No wet wool smell, haha!

      And YES to Scotch Gard! I ended up treating the thing after it was assembled (the thought of spraying all that fabric – and not knowing if I was even going to use it all to make the coat and ending up with weird waterproofed fabric, well, I didn’t want to go that route haha); just took it on my porch and spayed the shit out of it πŸ™‚ I will definitely be posting updates on how it holds up, but probably not for a few months (pretty sure it’s no longer coat weather here haha). I will say that my parents use this stuff aaaaall the time, and while you do have a reapply, it works pretty well πŸ™‚

  25. Maggie May 21, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Happy Birthday!! I love the coat, the fabric, length and buttons! You always come up with just the right combination to make me want an exact copy of your whole closet πŸ˜‰

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Hey, I’m ok with having closet clones πŸ™‚ If you wanna be my twinsie… I say go for it πŸ˜‰

  26. carolinascallin May 21, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    LOVE your version of this coat! The fabric’s great and really fun, and the gold buttons were a terrific choice! Don’t you love it when ‘mistakes’ turn out to be blessings? πŸ™‚

    Enjoy this – and thanks for the inspiration!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      Oh yes! Those are the best kinds of mistakes for sure πŸ˜€

  27. Danica May 21, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Happy Birthday! Your coat is so cute. I love the fabric choice.

  28. Emmely May 21, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    Happy birthday! Lovely coat, I like the shorter version.

  29. weefrills May 21, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    Happy Birthday! Coat looks wonderful, and so does your hair!

  30. Lori May 21, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Love the polka dots and the buttons are perfect for the coat. Happy birthday!

  31. Trice May 21, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Saw this on Mood Network the other day and of course I love it. I mean, Polka dots. Come on! Enough said.

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

      POLKA DOTS MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER ❀

  32. tialys May 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

  33. Sabine May 21, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Happy birthday, I hope you had a great day and even better evening. And lovely coat!.

  34. Melissa Wehrle (@neoknits) May 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    I love it! I have been on the fence about this pattern and I think I am going to take the plunge. It’s so hard to find a spring weight jacket that I like.

    And happy birthday!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Oooh I’m not even sorry if I influenced you to buy the pattern πŸ˜‰ You’re gonna looove it!

  35. Dana May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Amazing! Love those brass buttons. Damn.

  36. Heather May 21, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Fabulous trench! Polka dots, nearly always a win. Love the mix of classic and modern with a hefty dose of fun. Perfection.

  37. dibulous May 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    This is SO LOVELY. The length is super flattering, I like that it’s just that bit longer than a traditional “jacket” length, I think it works so well. The gold hardware was a great choice. This has inspired me too – I have some lightweight laminated cotton in grey and black polka dots that I bought to be a trench jacket, I think this may inspire me to get my butt into gear πŸ™‚

  38. The Nerdy Seamstress May 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Gaww! I love your trench! I love the changes you’ve made! I’ve debated about the classic tan trench too. Even though I do love that it’s classic, I like classic with a twist, which this trench is! I do have a question, my own polka dotted fabric is stretch sateen. Why is it that you don’t prefer it for coats?

    That’s a huge back yard with a creek! You’re so lucky to have fresh veggies and fruits. The mister and I have been wanting to get into gardening too.

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

      I dunno – I guess I feel like stretch fabric doesn’t really sit right for a coat; it kind of hangs weird sometimes, plus it’s usually too lightweight. Also, every time I make something in stretch, I end up needing to do sizing adjustments – and the thought of doing that kind of work on a coat is just, NOPE. It also feels weirdly casual to have stretch fabric for your coat. That’s just me, though! If you’ve got a great stretch woven that you’ve got your heart set on, I’m not gonna judge you (you might even sway my prejudice, ha!). I say go for it anyway, and then let me see it πŸ™‚

  39. KaoruMarie May 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    Hope you have the happiest of birthdays!

    Holy smokes that backyard is enormous! Ok, now I’m jealous of not only your coat, but also your parents’ backyard. Both are amazing. I’ve been on the hunt for a suitable polka dot fabric to re-make this coat so I’m totally smitten with your version. The gold buttons and belt buckle suit the coat very well. The buckle really ups the classiness.

    My mom had mentioned I could use something to waterproof my Minoru jacket, but I had no idea what she was talking about. Now I definitely need to try out that Scotch Guard! Thanks for including that detail!

  40. Thea May 21, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

  41. Liz May 21, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    Happy birthday! Crest buttons are the best!

  42. Amanda May 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Happy birthday, Llady! πŸ˜‰ This shorter trench is super cute. Polka dots, yay! I get those Mood emails too (I think they added me when I signed up for a class). I love coats that cinch at the waist so I’m always looking for ones with belts.

  43. c May 21, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    Happy birthday, enjoy your travels around the sun for the 30th time… Your coat is lovely

  44. powell2317 May 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    The trench goes great with your hair too:) Happy Birthday!

  45. dietcouture May 21, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Happy Birthday!! And FAB coat! I’ve been stalking that fabric for a minute, so stoked to see it made up into something!

  46. Colesworth May 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    I love that ‘reveal’ shot of the inside!

  47. Jane May 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Oh my god, that coat is just PERFECT! Hava a wonderful birthday gorgeous lady! xx

  48. ellebougies May 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm #

    Happy birthday! And your coat is fabulous. And the Scotch Gard tip is a good one for the UK – I should Scotch Gard the ever-living shit out of half my wardrobe!

    • LLADYBIRD May 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

      That’s what we did when we visited London as a family (back in… uh… the 90s hahahah). My shoes, my coat, probably even my pants! But hey, I wasn’t wet at all that week πŸ™‚

  49. Ines May 21, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    OMG! You are a sewing genius! I can’t believe how you keep turning out the coolest coats! And so perfectly made, Congratulations!

  50. Kelly May 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

    This coat is gorgeous, I love it almost as much as your lace one! I just bought fabric for a Robson at the weekend, so will def be reading your posts again – thanks for all the detail! The short length on this is so cute! I also think I need to investigate scotch guarding things…

  51. katie metzroth May 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

    Jacket looks awesome! Yay for reversible fabric! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  52. goodbyevalentino May 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Lauren! You knocked yourself out on the coat and boy does it show – really fabulous πŸ™‚ I also think the brass buttons were a super choice!

  53. Debbie May 21, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Happy Birthday! I absolutely love this polka dot trench coat. Really like the shorter length too.

  54. Rachael-Lynn May 22, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    It’s. Fucking. AWESOME! Love it! I need to finish my Robson. I cut the fabric out last year (but its not as cool as yours), but I’ve not done anything further with it.

  55. Kim May 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Happy Birthday! Me-Made-May must have a double meaning for you πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the detailed post; I’m going to start my Robson soon and now I might shorten it as well.

  56. Katie May 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Love this coat — navy polka dots are my favorite! And happy birthday! A present definitely is in order.

  57. missjoiedevivre May 23, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    Perfect in every way! And I’m contemplating making a zebra print coat, out of a light-mid weight fabric I have, so it’s great to see how well this works in something that isn’t proper coating!

  58. laurajane May 23, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I am in LOVE with this coat! And your blog. Thank you for sharing this — as if you could stop yourself! If I’d made that coat I would be so proud of myself I’d take out a full page ad in the Times! When my life calms down enough that I can tackle something besides simple simple stuff, I will try it myself.

  59. Rochelle New May 23, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Too cute!! I love the navy and gold together. I really want to make a cropped version of this coat, like a bomber shape but a mini-trench. We’ll see…

  60. Shelly May 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    Happy Birthday Lauren! Another perfect version of this coat! Just when I didn’t think it could get any better you go and do a polka dot one, and I simply adore polka dots!! πŸ™‚ Now I’m thinking I really should make the Robson instead of the pattern I already have in my stash, mmm… πŸ™‚

  61. Nikki H. May 25, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    That trench is perfection. You’re motivating me to get back into tailoring! I love your style. Keep it up!

  62. sewwrong May 25, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    WOW lady, I’m in love with this! Polka dots = can’t go wrong. And you’re right about those buttons, they’re definitely Tomymy Hilfiger. Actually, this polka dot coat looks like a real Tommy Hilfiger trench I almost bought a few years ago! Love your modifications, the short length is fantastic.

  63. Rebecca May 27, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Fabulous! I bought the exact same fabric on sale from Mood for the exact same pattern (Robson has some serious yardage requirements). I’ll probably sew mine up just as yours is wearing out – haha.

  64. Lyric September 30, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Woman, you are something else. Oh, and I love your Robson too.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewlyricallyvintage.wordpress.com

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