My Lara Sanner Truffle Coat : : #2018MakeNine

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

Hey you!

I’m back and on track with my #2018MakeNine goals.

Although I have a couple of my nine makes already in the bag, today’s show and tell is my Truffle Coat by Pattern Designer Lara Sanner.  Last summer I sewed her inaugural women’s pattern, the Salt and Pepper Dress. I’ve since been looking forward to the next pattern in her line.

Lara Sanner, and others, have sewn both winter and raincoat versions of the Truffle Coat.  Me…I seem to be adverse to anything but down during our chilliest months. I just don’t love heavy {weighted} clothing. However beautiful, my lined wool coats never seem to get much wear.

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

So, does anybody remember my Birds on a Branch Minoru Jacket?  I have so much love for this make that is sadly beginning to show it’s age. I may not be ready to let it go but I am ready for another fun raincoat. It was sweet serendipity…I was musing on making another Minoru just when Lara Sanner released the Truffle Coat.

Once again, I returned to the home decor section of my local Fabricland. My mission…the same as four years ago. I wanted a bright, colourful outdoor rated fabric. This is not waterproof raincoat fabric. This is 100% polyester fabric rated stain and water resistant and it is marketed primarily for outdoor use {think patio furniture cushions}. The care recommendations are hand wipe or hand wash as needed. I choose to machine wash items made with this fabrication {I’ve used it for both clothing and soft furnishings}. I suspect it has some kind of protective finish which is being compromised with laundering but I’m okay with it. The fabric is crisp off the bolt and it becomes softer with wear and washing. The good news for me is that even with several washes my Birds on a Branch Jacket keeps me dry in moderately rainy weather.

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

By far, the hardest part of this make was pattern matching. I can hardly believe it…but I managed to line up the right front, the front placket and the left front pattern pieces. The way I do this is by cutting each pattern piece out one at a time, aligning it with the adjoining pattern piece, then cutting the next piece and so on. I also pattern matched the patch pockets and pocket flaps. It was pretty crazy but totally worth the eleventy million brain cells. Kidding. I truly think sewing is good for brain health.  There’s always some level of problem solving, or math requirements…not to mention all the yummy creative juices that flow when you sew.

The Truffle Coat can be made with or without the front placket {that’s the vertical center band that covers the zipper}. I’m seeing a bit of rippling where my zipper attaches and preferring to pay no attention to it…I freakin’ love this coat!

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

The Truffle Coat has an option for either an exposed hood or a collar. I chose the hood….it offers protection from unexpected rain showers.

Maybe difficult to see, but the front placket and the pocket flaps are secured with turquoise coloured snaps. I turned to Heather from The Pug and Needle and @heatherandthepugs for recommendations on snaps and she directed me to Snap Source….thank you so much Heather!  These snaps come in a variety of colours which…hello…sold me pretty much right away. Snap Source also sells a custom designed setting tool which I found helpful. I question their suitability for heavy fabrics, but for the two layers of medium weight upholstery poly that I was working with….perfect.

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

Okay…the requisite back view. The Truffle Coat is a simple A-line silhouette. There is a pattern hack for an inverted pleated back on their website that I look forward to trying. You can find it here.

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

The pattern includes easy to follow instructions for the ever magical bagged lining. I chose to add two inside patch pockets. You know. For stuff.

Truffle Coat, Truffle Raincoat, Lara Sanner, A Colourful Canvas, Vancouver sewing blog

Yes, that is sun on my face. And no, there isn’t even a hint of a cloud in the sky. I actually had the intention of photographing my Truffle Coat on a moody rainy day..until it actually started raining. Turns out both photographer and model were 100% uninspired to go outside, least of all go outside and try and take photos.

All righty….thanks bunches for reading. If you have any questions about the Truffle Coat, feel free to ask in the comments section or pop me an email. Have a great day!


  • Reply Sabine March 12, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    What a beautiful coat, dear Sue! Perfect to celebrate spring.

    • Reply Sue March 12, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Sabine. That’s how it feels. Like I’m celebrating spring!

  • Reply Sherry - Petite Over 40 March 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing photos of your coat since you mentioned you were working on it and all I have to say is–it was worth the wait! (Okay, that’s not ALL I have to say. Ha ha!)

    What a marvel to see it completed with the patterns all matching up looking like it was effortless to make it that way. It’s such a flattering fit on you too. It makes me a little giddy to think maybe one day–ONE DAY!–I could make something like this. It will be a while but still, what a fun project to aspire to. And I’m equally impressed by the inside pockets you just added.

    You’re also right about sewing being good for the brain…and for teaching patience and mindfulness and more patience. Thank you for sharing the fruits of all your work and brain power.

    • Reply Sue March 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Ta Da! And here are the photos Sherry!

      The pattern matching took time, for sure. But. I just couldn’t imagine the coat not being matched. I think it would have looked quite messy. I can tell you….I’m happy to break from pattern matching for the moment…unless it’s just a small repetitive repeat like a stripe {hint} or gingham or something.

      OH PATIENCE! That deserves being mentioned twice…PATIENCE!

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    It’s such a fabulous print, and so amazing that you did match the prints like you did. You’re totally right that it’s great for brain challenging–maybe that’s why my mom is so on top of things?
    It totally reminds me of a dress that I almost bought on thredUp. I’m not sure if you can see it or not:

    You are amazing!!!

    • Reply Sue March 12, 2018 at 5:08 pm

      Oh WOW…the colour palette is nearly identical Jodie. I LOVE it! Trina Turk is one of a handful of designers that I love….I mean her love of bright and happy fabrics is so fantastic!

      Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Reply coco March 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Just beautiful, Sue! I’m going to look at this pattern, it looks like something I’d really enjoy. Thanks for the review! Coco

    • Reply Sue March 12, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks so much Coco! I think this pattern, like many, has the potential for a variety of fabrications. I can imagine one in a linen/blend fabric as well.

  • Reply The Sewing CPA March 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    This is so beautiful and so perfectly made. You did an amazing job with all the pattern matching. That’s something I’ve never been able to do. Lovely fabric, too. It was a great choice for this pattern.

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks Olivia! I had a couple of different fabrics that were what I was looking for…I’m happy I picked this one in the end too!

  • Reply fran March 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    I love, love it!!!!!! My kind of coat/jacket.

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      Thanks bunches! I can’t decide…is it a coat or a jacket?

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion March 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    It is a fun coat with a lovely happy pattern. I salute you for achieving all these difficult things like pattern matching in all places. I know how hard that is.
    Did you have to use a special needle to sew this waterproof material?

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks Greetje. As this isn’t technical waterproof fabric like Gortex, for example, there isn’t the need for a special needle. I know with many of the true waterproof fabrics, you need to use a micro-sharp needle. Oh…and you can’t really take out stitches and re-do.

  • Reply Ellen Miller March 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The pattern matching is brilliant! And well worth your time. Haha! It’s a great coat and being water repellent/resistant makes it that much better. The snaps, lining and inside pockets are great additions. Well done and congratulations!

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Thanks so much Ellen. Since I live in a rainy climate, it makes sense to have at least one jacket that is rain resistant.

  • Reply Sheila (of Ephemera) March 13, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Wow, totally impressed with how you lined the patterns up – that’s something I only see in vintage clothes or second-hand clothes that are very high-end. This coat looks amazing on you, Sue! I love how it flares out at the hem, just a wee bit saucy there!

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Sheila. It’s true, isn’t it…back in the day, they used to sew with great care. I love looking at high end clothing and seeing all the special techniques that they use.

      One thing I have found to my surprise is that some of the fast fashion stores manage to match their stripes at the side seams, which does impress me!

  • Reply AnneW March 14, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I love it, the fbric is glorious, who cares if it’s not properly waterproof!?

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks Anne! Not me, LOLOLOL. Honestly, if I only wore proper rain gear every time it rained, I’d be wearing the same boring jacket all year. That would be no fun at all.

  • Reply Shelley@ForestCityFashionista March 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I just love that fabric – it is so frickin’ joyful! Bravo with the pattern matching, the coat turned out great.

    • Reply Sue March 14, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks so much Shelley! I love that….frickin’ joyful! Just what we need at this time of year!!! Well, any time of year if you’re asking me, LOL.

  • Reply Melanie March 15, 2018 at 1:01 am

    I read the word placket and my eyes started to glaze over, and then, in the next bit, you explained what a placket it. You read my mind! Hahaha!
    This is an AWESOME jacket. Fun, bold, keeping you dry, hooded, pockets, PLACKET, you’ve got it all! What a great make. I can’t believe you matched the pattern. Whoa.

    • Reply Sue March 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      LOLOL…I thought that might be the case for some of my readers. See…learning can be fun. 🙂

      So? Do you think you’ll be able to spot me from afar prior to our next coffee date?

  • Reply Louisa March 15, 2018 at 7:18 am

    So very you, Sue! Perfect pattern matching and what a great suggestion to use outdoor fabrics. Duh. Outdoors!

    • Reply Sue March 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks Louisa! Ha…I think that I’m pushing the envelope with my fabric choices sometimes…but really…using outdoor fabric for a garment designed for outdoor use sounds nothing but practical the way you’ve worded it.

  • Reply Annie March 18, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    I love the jacket and those shoes!!!

    • Reply Sue March 18, 2018 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Annie! I thought I was asking for trouble buying white boots…but these boots have got to be at least five years old and they’re still one of my favourite pairs. I just wipe them clean.

  • Reply Flo March 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful! You always make the coolest coats and this one is no exception!

    • Reply Sue March 22, 2018 at 8:36 am

      FLO! Thank you so much! Just pulled out my pink paisley coat…it is spring now after all! Probably just a little too chilly to wear it though.

  • Reply Carolyn March 26, 2018 at 6:12 am

    This is too too adorable Sue!! I love the idea of a fun, colourful raincoat. Hmmm, I desperately need a new raincoat too, since my Kelly anorak made from a shower curtain is getting pretty sad now due to being worn a TONNE, maybe I should choose something cheerful from the patio cushion section of the fabric store next time?

    • Reply Sue April 10, 2018 at 10:55 pm

      You are so resourceful with fabric…whatever you make your next raincoat out of, I know it will be fabulous!

  • Reply Sandra Garnett August 13, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Sue – what a great idea regarding choice of fabric – do you find it warm and/or sweaty? I live in the wet tropics of Australia and when it rains, it really rains ☔

    • Reply Sue August 13, 2019 at 5:34 pm

      It’s a fun option for casual wear raincoats…I think mostly because of the large selection of prints available in outdoor decor fabrics. But sadly, the fabric doesn’t feel breathable…I don’t get sweaty but our rainy season is accompanied by cool, dare I say cold, temperatures. Yep…I’m afraid I would not reach for this raincoat if I was anticipating a heavy rain storm but warmer temps. Hmmmm….it might be feasible if one added ventilation style grommets or mesh?

      Hope I’ve helped rather than confused!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Julie February 11, 2024 at 12:23 pm

    Just about to cut out this pattern !
    Out of interest where are you located ?
    I’m in the uk !

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