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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hunter Lace Trench - Burberry Inspired - McCall's 5525 (OOP)

To God Be The Glory for the GREAT things He has done!  Finally!  The BIG reveal...my Burberry inspired Hunter Lace Trench! 
I began this project in February.  Once I missed the deadline for entering it into a contest, I gave it a rest.  The coat was probably about 90% complete at the time.  I was in no hurry at that point.  Later, however, I made a commitment to have it done by the end of April.

My inspiration, Burberry's Kickback Lace Trench,which retails for about $5500, was not my first choice but when I went to the fabric store in search of fabric, this hunter lace caught my eye.  I chose a lighter shade of green for the crepe underlay. 
The Bright Metallic "trenches" in the Prorsum Spring 2013 Collection were my first choice but I could not find any fabric that inspired me, locally or online.  Then I gave much consideration to the "Double Dutchess" designs.  Love the cape on the "Caped" trench and the sleeves on the "Tailored" trench.  I also loved the three-dimensional effect of the "Corset Trench".  They are all so FABULOUS!!!!

In the spirit of truly being "inspired", as opposed to being a "copy cat", I decided to add black lace to my project.  Halfway through the project I realized that green (as HAUTE as it may be for Spring) has never been one of my favorite colors.  I needed something to break it up and put my own spin on it.  The black lace was perfect to serve this purpose. 

Virginia and my husband thought that I should have kept the "kickback" in green but I wasn't feelin' it.  There are some things I wish I had done differently and I will detail those, along with the construction details, in a separate post. I have all sorts of construction pictures, by the way, that is THE most inconvenient thing - to take pictures amidst sewing but I made an exception for this project.

This post would have been waaaay too long had I detailed the construction.  Once I developed a method for attaching the lace to the crepe it was smooth sailing from there.  I tried my hand at a few tailoring techniques, self-drafted the "kickback" (that's a post all by itself), went back and forth about some of the details and even collaborated with my husband on certain things...uhm yeah...I was desperate :-). It ended up being a lot of fun.  He became very interested in and somewhat opinionated about this project.


Well...that's all for now!  I'll be following up this post with, what may turn out to be, several posts about my experience making this coat.  Thanks to those who gave an opinion about which coat in the collection was their fave.  Until next time.....take care and GOD BLESS!



36 comments:

  1. love the style of the coat, the green suites you
    Helen

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  2. Gorgeous! Love the color, love the fabric, love the kick pleat and how practical you make fabulous!
    The color is gorgeous and totally suit you.
    i would love to see more about those construction techniques, if you have time.

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    1. Thanks becki-c....yes I will post construction details...stay tuned.

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  3. Love the green! But I think breaking it up with a little black looks great, and the colour scheme really pops with the red shoes doesn't it?

    It's an unusual kickback for a trenchcoat, looks a little like a flamenco flounce to me. And congrats on the successful collaboration. I've thought once or twice about getting my beloved to help me pin up a hem, and never gone through with it.

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    1. Thanks Adele! I agree...it looked like a flounce to me too. I am still not sure why Burberry refers to their design as a "kickback" unless it has something to do with movement?

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  4. I LOVE this coat. Whod'a thunk to use lace. It's fabulous and the color is great. TFS

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  5. The coat is divine, and I do like the black details you have added - gives it a bit more of a dramatic flair, which you can carry off nicely. The darker metallic buttons also add a good emphasis. Not surprised you missed the deadline - there is a lot of work in that coat. I like the outdoor scenery behind you as well.

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  6. Wow! What a beautiful coat. I love the fabric and all the details. I can't wait for the follow-up posts. I know taking the photos while sewing is time consuming, and documenting all the little details is tedious work for you, but it is what we all live for. Every sewist likes to examine the details and ask "how is this done?"
    Your coat is a work of art and I am sure you will enjoy wearing it foe many years.
    BTW- love the shoes.

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  7. This is really a nice coat. Looks lightweight.

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  8. I am so totally impressed with this beautiful coat.. I think it is the prettiest coat, I have seen anyone make..[and I really mean that]..It is gorgeous.. You did an excellent job.. I know you will enjoy it.. Can't wait to see the future post on construction.. Happy sewing and God bless you.

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  9. Thanks Maw...I appreciate it. Happy sewing and God Bless You too!

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  10. When we get to years end I know this coat will be your favorite piece made all year. It is beautiful Terri, simply beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks Faye...yes I think you're right. It will be hard to top this for faves!

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  11. Great job! Have the Burberry coat on my inspiration board too. I love how your version came out. Green is a good color on you.

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  12. This is truly coat is truly beautiful!

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  13. This coat is just stunning! I agree, green looks good on you. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. That is a beautiful coat! Great job, love the details!

    Rosa

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  15. What a fabulous coat. I love the green lace.

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  16. Absolutely fabulous, love the color on you.

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  17. Thank you for your comment on my burda style project!!! So I found your amazing blog! Wow, I really, really love this trenchcoat. When I saw the Burberry Prorsum Trenches I had never think about a sewing project. I'm so impressed.
    The emerald looks so good on you!
    Guess you found a new fan and follower! :)
    Have a great weekend.
    Teal

    http://seaofteal.blogspot.de

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  18. Wow!

    Pretty sweet look! Like it big time.

    Kisses from Berlin. xx

    www.iamhannahbitch.com

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