Chilton Trench Coat
Classic tailoring gets a curve-friendly update with the Chilton Trench Coat! This timeless fully lined coat pattern features a single-breasted bodice, two hem lengths, belted waist, and a kick pleat on view A. An ideal fit is easily within reach, thanks to sleek princess seams and a comfortable two-part sleeve design. Sophisticated details, such as its two-part collar, cape, epaulettes, and double topstitching, make the Chilton Trench Coat a brilliant addition to any outfit and the star of your wardrobe!
SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate
SIZING: 12 to 28, with cup sizes from C - H
Main: Mid- to heavy-weight wovens, such as heavy cotton (gabardine or twill weave), or waterproof raincoat fabric. If using wool, use mid-weight only.
Lining: Light- to mid-weight wovens, such as silk crepe de chine or polyester. Specialist linings like flannel-backed or Kasha satin can be used.
Interfacing: Fusible mid-weight woven interfacing
Universal needle, regular thread, topstitching thread (optional), 12 buttons (1”/25 mm, ideally shank buttons), 1 pair of shoulder pads, hand needle, 5” (13 cm) twill tape (optional for hanging loop), ¾ yard (0.7 m) double fold bias tape (optional for finishing back facing).
Point turner, tailor’s ham or rolled up towel, sleeve board (optional), marking chalk, scalpel or buttonhole chisel.
USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.
The PDF comes in six files (one for each bust size, and main pattern pieces and lining pattern pieces), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. The Chilton Trench Coat comes as a layered PDF. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs.
Instructions: 27 pages (7.6 MB)
Main pattern pieces (for each cup size): 60 pages (0.7 MB each)
Main copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 3 pages (0.4 MB each)
Lining pattern pieces (for each cup size): 39 pages (0.5 MB each)
Lining copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size): 2 pages (0.3 MB each)
This turned out so much better than I was even hoping. I bought this pattern as soon as it came out - I’ve always wanted a trench coat, but I’ve never been brave enough to sew my own. I knew the instructions on a Cashmerette pattern would be detailed and thorough enough that I could do it, so I went for it. This was kind of my practice version, but I love how it turned out and I learned so much from making it, now I have two more planned!
I audibly gasped when the newsletter wit this pattern landed in my inbox and I knew I had to have it. I made a 12GH with the sleeves sized up to 14, out of 100% wool gabardine and rayon lining. I love all the trench details, and only left off the gun flap. The instructions were super clear and easy to follow, and I appreciate the bagged lining method for minimal hand-sewing, but I recommend googling a sew-a-long for that step if you've never done it before as I hadn't. It's my new favorite coat!
I wanted to make a basic wool coat for every day wear this winter. I left off several of the "trench" pieces--I only used the sleeves, collar, basic front and back, and the pockets, linings, etc. I used a black wool blend plush fabric and sari fabric lining. I just love it! It went together easily--although be prepared to do *a lot* of pressing if you make one--it's a critical step to achieve a professional finish though, so it's totally worth it. I made a 16GH, and it gives me plenty of room to wear my bulky sweaters, wrap up with scarves, etc. In fact, my husband and I went to Chicago last weekend, and I stayed toasty and warm in my Chilton in the 10 degree weather!
I absolutely LOVE the way my Chilton Trench Coat turned out. I was a bit nervous about how to add the lining, but Jenny's instructions were spot on and easy to follow. For my Chilton I added piping detail to make it extra special. Purple is my favorite color and so I'm over the moon with how this turned out. I used 100% Cotton Purple Twill and Midnight Navy Bemberg for the lining, both from fabric.com.