Vogue 8884: DIY showerproof poplin trench

Vogue 8884 DIY trench
Vogue 8884 DIY 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….

Vogue 8884 line drawings
Vogue 8884 line drawings

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.

Vogue 8884 DIY trench
Vogue 8884 DIY trench
Vogue 8884 DIY trench
Vogue 8884 DIY trench

 

I don’t even know what to write, this coat was such an epic make! Instead some detailed shots:

Vogue 8884 DIY trench - dress form shot
Vogue 8884 DIY trench – dress form shot
Vogue 8884 DIY trench - sleeve buckle and tab top stitching detail
Vogue 8884 DIY trench – sleeve buckle and tab top stitching detail
Vogue 8884 DIY trench - topstitching and button detail
Vogue 8884 DIY trench – topstitching and button detail
Vogue 8884 DIY trench - yep, I used this contrasting lilac coloured acetate lining. Seeing the pictures I wish I hadn't. Someday I will believe in my sewing abilities and upgrade to something more refined....
Vogue 8884 DIY trench – yep, I used this contrasting lilac coloured acetate lining. Seeing the pictures I wish I hadn’t. Someday I will believe in my sewing abilities and upgrade to something more refined….

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

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.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

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.

Fabric Used:

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.

Conclusion:

The sense of accomplishment in completing this coat will far out weigh expletives uttered in its making….

Vogue 8884 DIY trench
Vogue 8884 DIY trench

Until next time……

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

52 thoughts on “Vogue 8884: DIY showerproof poplin trench

  1. Oh wow! What a fantastic job you have done on this trench. I am a sucker for red so I loved it before I looked closely at all those wonderful details. I would love to make one but I am not sure I would last the distance :-/

  2. Oh wow! You look great in that coat! But you are making me nervous because my 16-year-old daughter has purchased this pattern and wants to make a coat — which will entail a lot of help from me — and I have not yet made a coat myself.

    1. Thanks Debbie. Like I said above this is not that difficult a pattern…just time consuming. Get your daughter to do all the edge/ top stitching, ironing on interfacing etc….it will make it more bearable 🙂

    1. Thanks angelique. Well, don’t get scared but I would say I have spent almost 40 hours sewing this jacket!!!! Not all in one go. And I am not the worlds fastest sewer either. I read another review on this and they said they had spent 25 hours.

  3. Wow, fabulous! I love the colour on you and am so impressed that you got the fit this good without a muslin. Coats certainly take time to sew, but this was definitely worth the effort.

  4. Dazzling! so fantastic, I love everything about it. the color, the finishing, the shape and length is perfect. I think you have such a talent for choosing colors and styles that are soooooooo perfect on you. Now I want a red trench 🙂

  5. Lovely coat. So cute on you. Love all the detail, well worth your efforts. You should have a tremendous sense of accomplishment for this one. Gail

  6. What a great job you have done on this coat. I love it , the colour is great on you. Where did you buy your fabric from ?

      1. Lisa last time I checked Helen only had some stone coloured waterproof poplin left. Just letting you know. She has some good stuff on the stall at the moment…just hope you are not coming through just for the poplin in case there is none left. Or I could send you a msg letting you know if there is any next time I go later in the week perhaps?

  7. I’ve got this pattern and also want to make this view.. I know it will take ages but I would love a classic trench

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