Fiona’s Robson Trench Coat!

Hi everyone! Am I the only one (in the northern hemisphere) dreaming about spring? No? I’m ready for sunshine and mild days. I’m ready for flats without socks and lighter coats!

One thing I’ve noticed is that I tend to sew in season. This year one of my goals is to try to sew ahead of season so that I can really enjoy my makes for a good chunk of time! It’s tough to think like this – in the winter I just want to sew warm and cozies, and in the summer I just want to sew dresses! But I think planning ahead is going to be worth it.

All that to say… it’s February, and I’m thinking about spring sewing! A trench coat is a classic, and in my opinion a necessary staple in every woman’s wardrobe! I spotted Fiona‘s coat and I just had to share it with you.

Robson Coat Fully Closed

Isn’t it great? I loooove this color. This was Fiona’s first time making a coat but it really doesn’t show does it? She’s done a wonderful job.

Robson Coat Collar


And look at this adorable polka dot binding! I love that with the Robson coat you can add a pop of color or pattern to your coat with the seam binding.

Fiona wrote a wonderful and thorough blog post about her process and her finished coat. Please do head on over there and read all about it.

Thank you Fiona!

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20 Responses to Fiona’s Robson Trench Coat!

  1. Becky February 12, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I actually have one of these on my list, to sew after I finish my last pair of pants that I already have cut out!

  2. Kaye February 12, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    I’ve been thinking of getting a new trench coat. Maybe this should be next on my project list!

  3. Ste February 12, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Beautiful coat on a beautiful girl.

    • Fiona February 12, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      This is my boyfriend being very sweet not a weirdo being creepy! Ha!

      • Tasia February 12, 2014 at 11:00 am #

        That is sweet! :)

      • Caroline Amanda February 13, 2014 at 12:13 am #

        Hah that’s funny :) Thanks again for letting us share Fiona!

  4. Fiona February 12, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    O it’s so exciting to be featured on here! That you guys like what I made with your pattern is the biggest compliment I could get! I’ve got plans for another one already!

    • Tasia February 12, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      It’s gorgeous! The colour is stunning on you, and you did a great job. Thanks for letting us share your photos!

  5. Camilla February 12, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    What a gorgeous raincoat. It’s so striking in that jewel green.

  6. veelau February 12, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I really want to do this pattern, but I’ve never done a coat either. This is very inspirational, and I think I am going to tackle it. Its just one seam at a time, right? Gorgeous colour and so well done!

    • Tasia February 12, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      It is just one seam at a time, and nothing incredibly complex. Just a lot of fiddly little pieces to construct. The hardest part is probably setting in the sleeves, or finishing all the edges with bias tape, but nothing really challenging or mind-bending. Good luck!

  7. Caroline February 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    I love the binding.

  8. The Nerdy Seamstress February 12, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    I love, love her coat. That binding is awesome. Is there any way I can alter this trench to be single breasted rather than double? I love the pattern, but I prefer a single breasted coat.

    • Tasia February 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      This is an interesting question, I know people have asked before so there’s definitely interest in a single-breasted trench coat! I’ve previously said no, it’s not possible because of the lapels, but I’m thinking it could be done. If you figure out where the centre front overlap is, and mark the centre front line on the front, and then add just enough button overlap for a single row of buttons, that should get you started. It’s possible – BUT also you might want to shorten the pocket bags, because they’re designed to fit in the double-breasted coat. If you shorten the front width, you’ll have less space for the pocket. And you’ll have to re-mark the button placement.
      If you give it a try, I’d love to see it! It’s on my list of things to try at some point but there isn’t time at the moment. I love single-breasted coats because they look better open.

  9. Rachel February 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Oooo that is lovely! Beautiful color!

  10. Neeno - Sew Me Love February 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    I love Fiona’s coat, best Robson I’ve seen to date!

  11. Helen February 13, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    It looks great. I’m ashamed to say I started one last spring and it’s still not finished. It’s been on my mind so I’m going to have a re-think an aim to get it ready for this spring.

  12. cheryl February 13, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Nice job. This is my goal also to sew forward but the fabric stores r so seasonal. Any help on this.

    • Caroline Amanda February 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Cheryl! Hmm… My best advice would be to buy ahead as well! I tend to keep a hefty fabric stash. So I’m thinking ahead to next week, month, and year when I’m fabric shopping. Or you can do some online shopping too? I find that online fabric shops tend to carry more fabrics for every season, since there are people shopping from all over the world who are living in all different seasons. Hope this helps!

  13. hopflower February 19, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    I just found you! What a beautiful coat and a trench anyone wold be proud of! I must get this on my sewing list. Yours turned out so professional looking; but it would be hard to find such a lovely colour ready-made.