As I mentioned in this post, I'm considering participating in the Trench Sew-Along. If I'm going to do it, I'm supposed to have my pattern and supplies selected by June 24, so I've been doing some research this week. These are currently my top five candidates.
Pros: It's beautiful. I like the wheelchair-friendly sleeve length. It's by an indie designer, so I'd be supporting the underdog.
Cons: I think I really want a coat with buttons, not just a belt. The pattern is pricey compared to other things I can get on sale if I stay alert.
Overall: While I do love this coat and might make it someday, I think I'm being overly swayed by the gorgeous model and fabulous orange accessories.
4. Butterick 5295.
Pros: It has buttons. I like the swishy shape. The knee-length would keep my lap dry on rainy days.
Cons: The style and location of the pockets is annoying. And I'm not wild about the darts that create the shape.
Overall: I can do better.
3. Vogue 8346.
Pros: Buttons. Also has the beloved swishy shape, but achieved with princess seams this time. Choice of lengths. Side-seam pockets.
Cons: Could get expensive--the longer lengths require more than nine yards of fabric!
Overall: Possible, but let's keep looking.
2. McCall's 5525.
Pros: It's probably the most trench-like of all these. Nice A-line shape with princess seams and side seam pockets. Buttons and belt.
Cons: I'm not totally sure how I feel about the double-breastedness of this.
Overall: I really like it. It might not be perfect, but if I can get a good deal on the pattern, this could be it!
1. Simplicity 2812.
Pros: Buttons with belting option, A-line shape with princess seams, pockets in seams, choice of length, choice of cuffs, choice of collar.
Cons: I'd prefer the pockets to be in the side seams rather than front seams, but that's no big deal, and I might even be able to move them when I assemble the coat.
Overall: Looks like we have a winner! Unless I can't find the pattern at a decent price for some reason, I think I'll be going with this one. :)