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Hello Rain Coat

Oh my it feels like I worked on this for quite a while... I guess that's because I did, it took me almost 4 weeks to finish it - but then, I was away to Ireland for almost a full week, and then was so annoyed with it that I didn't pick it up for another 10 days.

This is Sewaholic's Robson Coat.  I had this crazy idea back in February that I should make a trench coat made of waterproof fabric, so went ahead and ordered the pattern. Then, I bought the fabric (waterproof silk) at MacCulloch & Wallis the same month, and also chose some super fine matching fusible interfacing. Then, I ordered blue buttons and blue seam binding. Then, I did nothing about any of this until late August, despite having the wettest summer since records began in Switzerland.

This allowed me time to understand that I will be making a rain coat rather than a trench coat because of the fabric - very flowy as it is silk twill. I was happy with that, and actually I wonder if this pattern works very well in a stiff fabric - the pictures on their website also show it with a bit of extra fabric. But then again, plenty of stiffer fabrics in the blog circles with this coat, so I might just be crazy :)

I also last minute ended up choosing pink over blue for the accents:

I wanted soooo much to sew this up for my Ireland trip in late August, but sadly I put in a sleeve the other way around and just ended up so upset over this whole thing that I left the thing be and didn't touch it again for two weeks. I had to cut the sleeve head away and piece together another one - see the horizontal seam in the arm below. I didn't have enough fabric to recut the whole sleeve, and didn't want to wait for more fabric to be shipped from the UK. I'm happy that episode is over.

I initially cut a size 8 at bodice and moved to 6 at hips, but didn't think I really needed to go through the trouble after sewing up a muslin, so the actual thing is size 8 all around.. I did shorten the pattern by something like 10cm - I'm 163cm (5'3") and it would have hit me somewhere at midi length had I left it as it was. The length as it is now hits just above my knees, which is ok for a rain coat, but if I were making a trench coat I would have had to cut another 10cm or so from it.

I shortened below the hip, ignoring shorten/lengthen lines, because I wanted to remove as much from the flare as possible, since I am not pear shaped so I was worried it would be too flared. Looking back, I should have removed about 3-4cm from the waist area rather than all going from the below-hip since the pockets are ever-so-slightly too low. Not stupidly low mind you, but low enough for me to notice.

Fit - I *think* this fits in the bust and shoulder area. I mean, it looks ok to me, and it feels OK, but would very much like someone who knows fitting better to tell me if I'm wrong. I'm no fitting expert and also have little interaction with real people on this stuff so would appreciate feedback I think the drafting was good - the sleeves in particular, these are things I am particularly afraid of, and they went in very easily.

I wore it in Strasbourg over the weekend, including to dinner. Dinner was actually a fully me-made outfit:

Looking at this pic, I was very vintage 20s-looking, although that was not the look I was going for. Good to know though. The skirt is V1357, the blouse is the Belacarra

This post is getting a bit long, so I think I'll do another one on insides. The pictures won't be as nice, as all the pics I took during construction were phone pics. To give a sneak preview, I interfaced a LOT more pieces than the pattern requires, and I also  interfaced hems with organza. I'll do a round up of that later.


  1. Right from the very first picture of this I was thinking "that looks an awful lot like Strasbourg..."

    Is waterproof silk easy to work with/care for?

    1. Yes, it was very easy to work with. It's a silk twill, but I guess because of the waterproof treatment, it handles more like a thai silk (the non-shiny version). So pretty decent to work with, no slipping or anything.

      For care, I think the only option is dry cleaning. Water doesn't really stick to it at all.


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