Spring Trend: In The Trenches

  • Let’s consider updating a classic by making a new Trench Coat.
  • Trench coats have been around since World War I, were designed by Burberry, and were given the name “trench” coats because soldiers literally wore them while fighting in the trenches in Europe. 
  • Note the Burberry trench shown

Inspired Versions of the Trench Coat

Weekend Glam Trench

Using Vogue 9246, make this updated, chic, and versatile version of the trench coat using denim.  Make it in the traditional blue or try a bright color.  This will be a fabulous addition to your weekend glam wardrobe!

Midnight Navy Stretch DenimInkwell Stretch Denim, Peony Pink Stretch DenimVogue 9246

Trendsetter Trench

For the trendsetter, a metallic trench coat would look tres chic this spring.  Burda 02/2017 #103 is a great option for an inspired trench coat pattern.

Metallic Silver LinenMetallic Gold Stretch Linen, (Sold Out) Burda Style 02/2017 #103  

The Printed Trench

For fun, use Burda Style 09/2010 #133 to sew up this short version. The Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen or the bright Painterly Ikat Cotton Print  (Sold Out)will kick it up a notch and brighten your day! 

Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen, Burda Style 09/2010 #133
(Sold Out)

The Contrasting Trench

Use Vogue 8884 to highlight the different elements of your trench coat by adding piping or a collar/lapel in a contrasting color or print.  

Brocade-French Blue/Cream/Silver MetallicWedgewood Blue Polyester Mikado, Vogue 8884

Have fun interpreting the trench coat that works with your wardrobe!  Happy Sewing!  And check out all of the fabulous fabric suggestions at Sew Much Fabric for your spring trench coat.

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.


  1. Monica
    February 17, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    Thanks Beverly. Your blogs are always a great inspiration

  2. Lone Star Couture
    February 17, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    I still have V8884 in the envelope hoping to make it up some day. Love the piping idea!

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