Vogue 8884: DIY showerproof poplin trench
Here’s my completed version of Vogue 8884. This is not a project to undertake on a whim. It is a project that will test your endurance and commitment, largely with it’s gazillion pieces (most of which have to be interfaced) and also with its edge and top stitching of virtually every seam sewn. However, if you are looking for a classic trench pattern, minus the storm flaps and epaulettes, then this is the pattern to go for. I made view C, but the other views look cute and involve (considerably) less pieces….
I made my version from a waterproofed poplin. It creases and doesn’t like to be pressed. I have actually bought some more of this fabric and am currently making a minoru jacket from it. What can I say? I am a sucker for punishment.
I don’t even know what to write, this coat was such an epic make! Instead some detailed shots:
Semi-fitted, partially interfaced, lined coat has collar, collar band, shoulder pads, yokes, and two-piece sleeves. Topstitching. A and B: side pockets. C: seam detail, welt pockets, sleeve tabs, loops for tab and self belt. I made view C.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, I have to say they were excellent and guided you through each and every step.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the classic trench look, but minus the storm flaps and epaulettes (which I didn’t really want). Twp piece sleeves and bias cut undercollar are plus points. The finished look is very RTW, you just have to take your time getting there….virtually every seam is edge and then topstitched and most of the pieces are interfaced. I used a nylon fusible knit as instructed. My first time making welt pockets too.
A waterproofed (showerproof?) poplin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I really wasn’t sure what the final fit of this coat was going to be like (with so many pieces to cut there was no way I was making a muslin), so I cut my usual size for the bust and graded out 2 sizes over the hips. With hindsight I think I could have just graded up one size (or perhaps just cut the same size for bust and hips?)…it is quite roomy.
The only pattern alteration I made was, having done a tissue fit, to add a wedge of paper at the lengthen/ shorten line across the centre front, middle and side pieces, to get the yoke to lie straight across the front. This wedge of paper was 2 inches at the centre front, tapering down to nothing at the side seam.
I did everything else as the pattern instructed, except that I added additional topstitching at the sleeve openings and the hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Erm, no, I don’t think I would sew view C again. Ever. Haha. I might sew view A or B though. Yes, I would recommend it to any sewers with nerves of steel and the patience of Mother Teresa.
The sense of accomplishment in completing this coat will far out weigh expletives uttered in its making….
Until next time……