Twill Robson Trench Coat

Quite unexpectedly, I added a new trench coat to my wardrobe this week! I actually muslined and cut out this Robson Coat well over a year ago. Then I spent hours making a million meters of bias binding, and promptly was not feeling it anymore. I tucked the project away in a bag and moved on. Last week, I was trying to figure out what to make for a sewing/girls night at Sewaholic HQ, and came upon the long forgotten WIP bag, complete with matching thread! Thank you, year-ago self.

Caroline's Robson Trench 1For some reason I thought that it would be a quick and easy project to knock out, since I had my pieces all cut and ready to go. Hah! The Robson coat is unlined, so all of the seams are finished with bias binding, and top-stitched. I think I went through three spools of thread. Plus there are buttonholes and buttons to sew! Steps which always seem to take me twice as long as I think they will.

Caroline's Robson Trench 2Why did I wait so long? This trench coat is just what I need right now. It fits into my wardrobe pretty seamlessly. I can see myself wearing this coat again and again, it goes with everything!

Caroline's Robson Trench 4The fabric is an organic cotton twill from my stash, originally purchased from Télio years ago. The buttons are from Dressew Supply in Vancouver, BC, which by the way, have you seen their button aisle?

Caroline's Robson Trench 6I made a couple of adjustments to the pattern. I added a back vent, which is super quick and easy to do! I will show you how next week. I also lengthened the sleeves by about an inch – which I wish I hadn’t done – they are a bit too long now. Not sure what my year-ago self was thinking there!

Caroline's Robson Trench 3Aren’t the fall leaves just gorgeous? I skipped the roof this week and asked my guy to take photos of me on my favorite stretch of sidewalk in our neighbourhood. This is the best time of year!

Caroline's Robson Trench 5I just had to share a little peek at the guts of my coat! All of the hours spent making handmade binding was worth it, for this leopard print binding! This coat is just about as vanilla as it gets, so I couldn’t resist having some fun with the insides.

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33 Responses to Twill Robson Trench Coat

  1. Elisabeth October 29, 2014 at 6:28 am #

    Love it!
    I’ve started making plans for my coat, but then the store didn’t have my fabric when I went back… (also twill)
    I plan to line mine, so I’m a bit nervous about how that will work out.

  2. Amy W October 29, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    The coat looks great! I love that leopard print binding!!!

  3. Carolyn October 29, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Caroline, this is gorgeous! Fantastic job, especially with that leopard print binding. What a fun detail on the inside of the coat! I hope you’ve been flashing it to people on the street. :)

  4. Ginger October 29, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    Oh man, I’m going through my UFO bag right now so I totally feel your pain! But this is so worth the work you spent on it- it looks great! It’s so wearable and is such a nice color, plus secret LEOPARD!!!

  5. RachaeL-Lynn October 29, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    It’s lovely!! I have also had the pieces for my Robson coat cut for over a year…maybe I should finish mine! (In fact, I believe I have purchase fabric to make 2 more!) silly me…

  6. Ryann October 29, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    That BINDING!!! So awesome!! I love it when past me does something nice for future me. :)

  7. Joyce Hamilton October 29, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    Love your coat, love your binding :) Have you ever thought about making a zip out lining for a Robson? I had a cool subtle print trench years ago with a zip out lining. I’d love another one.

  8. Sylvie October 29, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Love it!! I’ve always wanted a nice trench coat. Maybe I need to make one!

  9. maddie October 29, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    That handmade binding may have taken you forever – but it looks awesome!

  10. Heather October 29, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    This looks great Carolyn! Love that lovely olive colour!

  11. Hester October 29, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    That binding is adorable! I made my Robson in a bright blue twill, and used black binding for a bit of contrast; if we’re making our clothes ourselves we may as well make sure there’s a bit of fun on the inside as well as looking great from the outside!

  12. Hélène October 29, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    How stylish! The binding is even matching with your nice little shoes. Love it!

  13. Alexis October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am #


  14. autumn October 29, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    i LOVE this!!! and the back vent is a great addition!!!

  15. Natalia October 29, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Ok, wow! it looks really great! thanks for sharing!

  16. true bias October 29, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    wow, so impressed Caroline. It’s perfect and will get so much use. love it.

  17. Susan October 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    LOVE the binding, too. What a great coat! You’ve inspired me SO much.

  18. Lana October 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    I LOVE your coat! The binding is a nice surprise, too! I know you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

  19. New Model Lamé October 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    That bias binding was so worth it. It coat is amazing, you’ll get years of heavy use out of that!

  20. Jacklie October 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Wow! Your coat is beautiful, and I love that you went the extra mile on the binding. Congratulations on the perfect construction.

  21. candie tancred October 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    Your photos and commentary are truly inspirational. I love, love, love the bias binding.

  22. Karen of Fifty Dresses October 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    Very chic and fun, with that inspired binding!

  23. nothy October 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    Oh!!! This has been on my list for a while – I even bought a mtn of black twill for it and your contract bias tape is amazing . It makes me think I should get moving on my own.

  24. Catherine October 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Peer pressure on sewing/girls night can give the extra push to finish UFO’s, which I have plenty! Congratulations on finishing your coat just in time before winter!!!

  25. Amanda Renea October 30, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    I love the coat and I *LOVE* the leopard print binding on the inside! That is definitely inspiring me on some future projects!

  26. Irene October 30, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    Your coat is gorgeous! – and the binding is just perfect.

  27. Abigail October 31, 2014 at 1:16 am #

    The coat is beautiful and it is a good fit. I really like the colour.

  28. Sandra (Sewist-Stitch) October 31, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    That leopard print binding is the best! I love your coat – it is the perfect ‘go with anything’ autumn colour. I sewed up a satin one over a year ago and the sleeves were just all wrong – I’m not sure what I did but have never found the will to even troubleshoot. I interlined it with silk, so I keep looking at it thinking that is a lot of money hanging right there and I should really do something about it, but then just start the next project!

  29. Nilla November 1, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    Such a great wardrobe staple! Great color choice too :)

  30. Aura Oriano November 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    If you only sold that binding in your shop! Heehee. And the shoes, too! Just kidding or maybe not, they are fabulous with your Robson. Worth the effort!

  31. Juanita Lawson November 6, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Caroline, I have a question that is totally off the subject of your wonderful coat that I can’t wait to try to make. After many, many years of not sewing for myself, I’m trying to get back into it. The question that I have is this. If I make a jacket that is supposed to be unlined, do I need to cut a little bit larger size to put a light weight lining in it? I find that jackets are so much easier to get on and off if they are lined. This probably seems like a silly question to you, but I would appreciate it if you can find the time to respond. I love your website, it is very informative and the Sewaholic patterns are beautiful. Thanks, Juanita Lawson

    • Caroline Amanda November 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

      Hi Juanita! Are you thinking of adding a lining to the Robson trench coat? There is enough ease in the pattern that I don’t think you will need to cut a larger size if you draft lining pieces. If you are using a different pattern, it really depends on how much ease is built it. I would recommend making a muslin, and putting on a couple of layers underneath. If it feels tight, then I would make a larger size if you are adding a lining. If you can wear some layers and still feel comfortable, then you likely don’t need to cut a larger size!

      Hope this helps. Happy sewing!

  32. Lyric November 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Bravooo! Clapping loudly and wildly as I can while typing, of course. I have the pattern, the outside fabric and am working to get lining fabric and the gabillions of bias that I’ll need for the INSIDE and the OUTSIDE. Yes, I saw that on Pinterest and fell in love with a biased-trench.

    I’m excited about this project. Thank you for sharing this one.