Welcome to week 2 of the Luzerne Trench sew along! Again today, we’re joined by the lovely team from Deer & Doe for their fabric recommendations (and a few of our top picks).
Check out last week’s post for more on the inspiration behind this design. And join us next week for a bound buttonhole tutorial, plus some special topics along the way. And don’t forget: there’s still time to join! Grab the pattern here and get started with us!
For Luzerne, we recommend light- to mediumweight twill or gabardine. The fabric must have enough body: avoid wools and rayon blends, or you’ll lose the structure of the jacket. At the same time, the fabric has to have some flexibility to ensure comfort. Stay away from anything too stiff and rigid. Finally, pick something with 100% cotton rather than an elastane blend, which would disrupt the fit and make you have to go down at least half a size. And if you’d like, you could also go for a waxed twill
Our favorite for this pattern is Robert Kaufman’s Ventana twill, in which we have sewn both of our presentation versions. For the sample in the magazine, we used Smokey Pink, but there are so many of them that it was really hard to choose!
If you’re loving the ultra-violet pantone pick this year, try Ventana twill in Deep purple, Light Purple or Plum.
For some other non-Ventana options, consider these lovelies!
If you pick a print like the Buffalo Check or stripes, keep in mind that you’ll likely need extra yardage for matching. And extra coffee! A floral twill would be nice, too, to tie in with the feminine shaping. You might need two trenches! Or more…check out all this great trench-spiration, in case you missed it.