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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The final Fabricista Challenge!

First of all, let me say that I can't believe I made it to the final three!  I am thrilled and so thankful for those of you that voted for me!  This has been such a pleasure to participate in and I am very proud of my creations, especially this one!  

The final challenge's instructions were to create a garment based on art, an art movement, art period, etc.  Basically sort of wide open, no?  While I don't think of myself as an artist, I do love looking at and admiring art.  My favorite period?  That's hard to pin down but I really love the art deco period and how that depicts clothing styles for men and women.

More specifically, the art deco period reminds me of pop art and the bold, bright colors, clean lines and classy clothing.

Are you familiar with pop art? How about Lichenstein?  See what I mean by bright, bold colors and classy clothing?

A reoccurring theme kept popping up for me and that was a yellow trench coat, just like Dick Tracy wore.  I h-a-d to have one!

And how awesome is that coat?  

For my trench, I used the Sewaholic Robson Trench pattern for this challenge.  

Isn't it just gorgeous?  All the details are perfect for creating your own trench coat, especially one with the elegance of the art deco period. I just wish I could have found bright yellow wool to create my jacket in.

I couldn't just make it as is so I added the black piping on the storm flaps, both front and back.  The black buttons also set it off.

Constructing this coat in a short time period was quite an undertaking!  I didn't start on it until Saturday and I had another idea in mind but my daughter said to me, "Mom, you are in the top three. It is time to put up or shut up."  Well said!  So, I decided to go for the trench.

This pattern is designed for pear-shaped women, of which I am not so some alterations were necessary.  I cut the bodice my regular size and graded the waist line and hips two sizes smaller.  This was the fit I needed.

I love the details of this coat.  

Here are some close ups:

Look at how smooth that sleeve cap is!

I left the lengths alone and they were perfect for my 5'7".  This coat doesn't call for a lining, but I added one as it is much easier to get a lined coat on and off.  I used a soft gray for the body and white lining for the sleeves.  

The pockets are nice and roomy and the placement is just right!

I love my coat and can't wait to wear it!

Thanks for reading and if you like my coat, please vote for me!
Here is the link: Vote Here!


  1. I didn't know you were 5'7"! That is useful to me because every other pattern I research -- you've made it! :)

    Sue this is FANTASTIC. I love it. I love the color and the piping (doesn't piping make you happy?) and the fit is wonderful. You will totally reach for this one again and again. Your daughter was right - go hard or go home - and you nailed it!

    1. Thanks Nakisha! I love my coat and I can't wait to see what you and Dina made!

    2. I am S-L-O-W. Mine will be up later tonight. It took me ages to get everything sorted for Julie. :)

  2. LOVE this jacket! Great choice to line it. Oh man, I want a yellow trench now. Good luck in the voting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I have a yellow trench in my closet from Boden and this reminds me so much of it!

    Can I just say how excited I am that all three of us went "modern?" I was very much not as clean-cut as you and Nakisha, though. Wow. I love these lines and the color!

    (I am a fan of piping, I also added a bit to my piece!)

    Yay you!!! And your daughter, lol, put up or shut up. Ha.

    I am 5'8" so knowing you are around my height is very helpful, btw!

    1. That is exciting Dina! I like more modern looks and can't wait to see yours! I am also a slow sewer and if I hadn't had time off on Tuesday afternoon my post would have been late!

  4. Your coat is awesome! I am in awe that you whipped that puppy up in a week.

    For the lining, did you just cut the exact same pieces as the outside, plus a vent for ease in the back and probably some sleeve lining ease? I have this pattern and feel that it would be a shame to just bind the seams instead of lining, so I was hoping to pick your brain a bit.

    1. Hi Sometimesewist!
      Thanks for your kind remarks! For the lining, I used the exact same pieces for the coat back and sides. The front facing has its own piece and that doesn't quite extend to the sides. I had to construct my own pieces for that gap--if that makes sense! If not, I will try and draw out what I did!
      Sue :)

    2. Makes sense! :) Thanks for spelling it out for me.

  5. The piping really sets this off! I love it.

  6. Love your trench coat Sue. That piping really makes the details pop. Very impressed that you sewed this in such a short space of time. Good luck in the competition.

    1. Thank you so very much! It was a lot of work, but I loved every minute of it!

  7. Sue,
    your coat is fantastic! I love the bright yellow and the piping really sets it off. It's been fun to see your lovely creations during this challenge.


    1. Thank you AC! I do appreciate your kind words!