Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Fashion Fix: How to add Liberty Print Lining to a trench coat collar

The Trench Coat has been a home land staple for many, many years. It's success has been down to it's brilliant design and resilience, taking our soldiers through the wars and now adorning the likes of Moss and co. What better way to update a classic than with another stalwart of British design and manufacturing, Liberty.  The lovely people at provided me with some luscious liberty print silk to line the underside of my collar.

You will need:
  • coat with a collar
  • 1/2 metre silk
  • pattern paper
  • dressmaking pins
  • iron
  • sewing machine

How to do it:
  1. Iron the collar of your coat and lay the coat out on a flat surface. Find the centre point of the coat collar and trace of one half of the collar onto the calico.  This can be slightly fiddly but pin the calico onto the collar and trim the calico down to size until it matches the shape of the collar.
  2. Once you have calico pattern piece for the collar, fold your silk in half (right sides facing). Pin and trace the calico collar onto the silk leaving a 2.5cm seam allowance all the way round. Cut out.
  3. Working from the centre of the collar out, pin the silk collar to the underside of the coat collar. Fold the seam allowance in on itself so that it’s tucked neatly in-between the silk and coat collar.
  4. Machine a running stitch 2mm from the edge of the collar all the way around in a cotton thread that matched the coat fabric.

Liberty Print Silk from‎

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