Londres Trench

The Londres Trench by Orageuse has been on my to-sew list for two years. It’s always seemed like a very intimidating pattern because of the number of pattern pieces involved.

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When my friend Kirsten talked about making French patterns in February it seemed like the perfect time to make something that was a little more challenging than my regular makes. February was a busy month so the jacket, along with a few small other projects including pattern testing the Luna Crossbody Bag, were the only items I worked on. One of my aims this year is to make less, and to make a cohesive wardrobe.

I made my trench from heavyweight linen. When I saw the colour I knew it had to be outerwear as it’s the perfect neutral blue that goes with everything. I also had 3 meters so wanted to celebrate the whole length of fabric in one garment. The recommended fabrics are ones with drape such as Tencel, Viscose etc after making this in linen I can see why. Linen – even heavyweight – crushes. If you don’t like that look please don’t use linen for this pattern. I personally love crushed linen – it’s effortless chic!

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The Trench is unlined which is perfect for in-between seasons. Because of this, all the internal seams are finished with bias binding. It’s a look I love even though it’s time-consuming. Bias seams are easy weeknight sewing lots of straight lines! In preparation for this project, I bought 30 metres of cotton bias binding from AliExpress. If you do this allow 3+ weeks for delivery.

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I made a size 44. I sized up rather than down as this is what the pattern recommends. The garment needs to have enough ease to make it look effortless.

Once I had sewn all the bias binding the jacket came together quite quickly. I sometimes find with projects with lots of pieces I get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff involved. My sewing space is quite small so I need a better method to store all the different parts involved. I’d love to know if you have a favourite storage method.

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With the sleeves cuffed.
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This jacket turns me into a flasher! Look at those bindings – drool.

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As you can see I’m ridiculously proud of this jacket. I love the finished garment and have worn it quite a bit to both work and more casually on the weekend with jeans. It feels good to spend time on an item I’ll own for years. I encourage you to make something challenging this year even if it scares you!

Leave me a comment if you have any tips for organising your cut out projects.

Happy sewing!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Natasha says:

    I really love this! I think the linen was a nice choice and the color is amazing.

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  2. What a stunning coat! I’m always intimidated by such complex projects! I’m always mixing up the bits to quite simple projects- I did think that potentially one of those clear hang up shoe organisers could be good – pop different bits in each pocket and hang it next to the machine (or potentially chop one in half and hang the two pieces from the side of a table?

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    1. Thank you I’m thrilled with my trench. I like your idea! If my sewing room had more space I’d definitely do this! I’m using a couple of sturdy wooden coat hangers and a zip lock bag for my Jasika blazer. They’re working well so hopefully it will work ok.

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  3. PoundCake says:

    Oooh, very very beautiful! I love it in linen! I’m also a Ziplock bag user, though I just pop my bags in a box. Not a very Instagrammable solution. ^^

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