Robson Coats By You!

Want to see more versions of the Robson Coat? You got it!

Now that the pattern has been released, pattern tester coats are popping up and I’m excited to share them with you here. It always helps to see more than one version of a pattern, to get an idea of what it will look like when you sew it up. Colour and fabric choice can make a huge difference in the final garment!

scruffy badger's robson coat

Here’s a bright red trench by Scruffy Badger. Can you see the rick rack detail around the flaps? Love it. It’s so much fun! (Click here to check out her full post and more photos – you definitely want to see the rick rack detailing up close!)

very purple person's robson coat front and back view

This next version is by Novita of verypurpleperson. Same pattern, totally different look! She’s shortened the length to make the most of her fabric, which is lace underlined with lining fabric. Gorgeous! (Click here to see more photos and read her project notes.)

poofytail robson coat front and back

The last coat is a perfect classic in navy blue! One of the first projects on poofytail’s new blog, this is the definition of a classic, wear-forever wardrobe piece. (Click here to read more about her project and see more photos!)

One surprising thing about all three of these coats? They were all cut and sewn in less than two weeks. Not too bad for a trench coat, right? That’s all the time given for pattern testing, in which testers have to assemble the pattern, cut their fabric, and sew the garment, following my not-quite-finalized instructions. For anyone that’s worried about how long it will take to sew this coat, here are three examples of real-life people who sewed it up quickly!

Want to make your own Robson Coat? Get the pattern here. Thanks to all three of you for being such wonderful pattern testers!

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23 Responses to Robson Coats By You!

  1. Nina March 21, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    I know a trench coat is are supposed to be a wardrobe staple, but I’ve never had one or really wanted one – Novita’s amazing lace version almost has me tempted, though! Such beautiful finishing too!

  2. PerlenDiva March 21, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    I love all your pattern testers’ versions. They really did a great job! You don’t happen to need any other “volonteers”, do you ;-)

  3. funnygrrl March 21, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Very nice trench coats. I love the lace one being a lace girl.
    Great job, Tasia! Another hit!

  4. Kacie March 21, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Ah! I’m going to Ireland soon and I want so badly to make this in an emerald green fabric but I just won’t have time! I’m heart-broken! These are so beautiful. The perfect trench pattern!

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  6. ClaireE March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    Absolutely loving the lace version!

  7. Kelly March 21, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    These three sure show the versatility of this pattern! I just love Novita’s lace version, so pretty.

  8. kristonlion March 21, 2013 at 10:37 am #

    I love this jacket! But I still want a Minoru first! I’m just working up my courage!

  9. francietonie March 21, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Love them. If anyone make one and has a significantly larger bust please than the largest size please post a picture. Thanks

  10. Carolyn March 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I’m really excited about this pattern! It’s come at perfect/worst timing: I was just thinking I should make a raincoat, and as I’m coming to the end of 6 months in the UK I’m feeling pretty trench-positive too, although it would have been great to have had the pattern before I left so I could have joined in the fun!

    I’m curious about one thing on the pattern envelope back, however. In the technical drawing it looks like the coat nips in at the waist, without any little pucker lines to indicate this is just due to the tie belt, yet the finished measurements are the same for both bust and waist. So is there really no shaping at the waist? I can certainly make this alteration myself, especially with princess/contour seams, but wanted to check beforehand. Thanks!

    • Tasia March 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      There is very little shaping at the waist, it’s drawn in by the belt! You’re right, you could very easily take it in through the princess seams and centre back seam. Hope this helps!

  11. Jessica March 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    This is such a cute trench! Alas, I can’t wear double-breasted styles, which got me wondering how complicated it is to convert to single. Is it just a matter of reducing the front overlap and repositioning button placement?

    • Tasia March 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      It’s quite complicated to convert, not only would you be reducing the overlap and moving the buttons, but the collar and lapel would have to be redrafted to fit. The lapel is designed to flap open at a certain point, folding over above the top button. Sadly it’s not very easy to convert a double-breasted style into single-breasted!

      • Jessica March 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

        Thank you, Tasia! That makes perfect sense.

  12. Kristine March 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Love all versions of the coat I’ve seen so far, great work everyone. Its going to be fun to make my own.

  13. Ruth Meek March 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I absolutely adore the eyelet lace one!

  14. Ash March 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Oh my gosh I am droooooling at that lace version!!! It’s gorgeous! Love the length, too.

  15. Aida March 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    The red one is awesome! So pretty with the ricrac detail!

  16. Scruffy Badger March 24, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Thanks Tasia for working with us as pattern testers, it’s always super fun, with that bit of a challenge thrown in! Thank you for sharing my pic, & I agree, it’s always fascinating to see how other people interpret the same pattern. Lace is genius!

  17. Annabellouise March 29, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    I love trench coats and especially these. The colours are lovely and your readers’ coats look great.

  18. Kate April 28, 2014 at 2:20 am #

    I’m thinking about making this in red waterproofed material and altering the collar to include a large hood – am I mad???

    • Tasia April 28, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      It’s certainly an adventurous choice! You could add a hood as well as the collar, perhaps making it detachable with snaps, then if it doesn’t turn out you’ll still have a nice collar.

  19. Lyric September 30, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Bravooo, bravo! I am waiting of my Robson pattern. Meanwhile I am scouring the Internet for construction ideas. I already know I will line it with a psycho, crazy cool fabric and I want to lengthen it too.