I love the classic look of Burberry and was really excited to buy my Burberry trenchcoat. At the time (this was about 4 years ago), I hadn’t an inkling of my future sewing interest and knew nothing about well made clothes. For some reason, I thought, because it was a Burberry coat, that it would be well-made. Now I know better.
At the time of purchase, there were details I loved: the close fitting bodice, the belt, the pleats. But now, some of those very same features are the ones that bother me the most: the close fitting bodice and the pleats. In addition, two other “design details” are quite irksome: the famous Burberry lining and the high waist of this particular style.
The lining is not slippery at all (except for the sleeves) so this coat “sticks” to everything I wear. Why would you put in a non-slippery lining??? Isn’t that an oxymoron? The high waist on me is not very flattering; my ribcage is the widest part of my torso from all the years of singing, so why I bought a coat with a high waist is a mystery. The belt sits on this high waist, so I can’t even cinch a more flattering waist on me. 😦 The close fitting bodice makes wearing suits to work uncomfortable.
The pleats, which look so darling when freshly pleated, become more unpleated with each wearing, partly due to the non-slippery lining I suspect. This coat wrinkles like you wouldn’t believe and looks rumpled in 5 minutes of wearing. And now to the innards… The stupid lining hangs free from the coat and sticks to my clothes.
The seam allowances are serged with a plastic thread which breaks easily and is down right annoying. The hem’s seam allowance is so wide that it flops down and is sometimes visible below the hem. It just doesn’t look as nice on the inside as I think it should for as much as it cost. Am I just being picky here?
Anyway, I just thought some of you might enjoy seeing a Burberry disappointment up close and personal. So now I need a new trenchcoat… preferably one that skims the body and with a slippery lining. Am I going to make it? I think not, because remember: I’m the stupid person who serged a sleeve with the seam on the outside. I don’t think I can be trusted with a complex project like a trenchcoat. 😦