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Steph's Cortland Trench

22—May 2024

Steph's new Cortland Trench from Grainline Studio is perfect for our transition into winter!

Staff Made — Steph's Cortland Trench
May 22 2024

Just in time for the cold snap, Steph from our marketing team made up the Cortland Trench from Grainline Studio! Inspired by this version on Insta, Steph picked our midweight Maple Organic Linen and sewed it to perfection. A trench coat is a very special addition to any handmade wardrobe and if you've been thinking about making one, this post is for you! Read on for project details and photos from Steph, featuring her new May Jeans!

Steph Outside Close Looking Down
Steph Outside Side Walking
SQ Steph Cortland Trench Side Crop
Steph Cortland Trench Front Smiling Up Posing
Steph Cortland Trench Side Swishing
Project Details

Grainline Studio — Cortland Trench

The Cortland Trench is a modern classic, with raglan sleeves, storm flaps, all the pockets and a generous collar. It is unlined, with bound interior seams and a double breasted front closure. Grainline recommend this for intermediate level sewists, with techniques including sewing a straight seam, welt pockets, topstitching, sewing a collar and collar stand, inserting buttonholes, and hand sewing. Steph made a size 8, and this took 3.5m of our Maple Organic Linen. As an advanced sewist, Steph was able to make several modifications to the pattern, including lengthening the hem by 55cm, adding a belt and belt loops, adding in a vent and moving the welt pockets down 10cm. Steph found the instructions clear for this pattern and is looking forward to sewing more detailed garments like this to improve her finishing skills. We love how this turned out in our Organic Linen, and can imagine it looking beautiful in lots of other colours from the range.

Download the Cortland Trench pattern from the Grainline Studio website here.

Steph Cortland Trench Front Arms
Steph Cortland Trench Buttoned Up Crop
"I hand-sewed the buttonholes which is my preferred method, I think they always look so cute in these lightweight projects."
SQ Steph Cortland Trench Button Detail
Steph Outside Close Looking Side
Steph Outside Close Back
Fabric Suggestions

Steph used — Organic Linen - Maple

Grainline recommend using lightweight coatings or medium weight fabrics between 5 – 8 oz, such as cotton or tencel twill, gabardine, or linen. Whatever fabric you choose, it's always important to ensure it has drape to allow the silhouette of the coat to hang properly.
Check out a few suggestions from our Online Store below, from top to bottom is our Baby Houndstooth Wool Blend Suiting – Sparrow, Organic Linen – Olive, Pure Wool Suiting - Dark Biro and Stripe Herringbone Wool Suiting - Gunmetal / Royal

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Steph Cortland Trench Front Inside
Steph Cortland Trench Front Dancing
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If you're looking for more sewing inspiration from the TFS team, there are loads of makes here on the blog. We love seeing your projects come to life! Share your creative process with us over on Instagram using #WeAreTheFabricStore

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