Monday, February 17, 2014

Vogue 8884: The Trench Coat-- It's Nearly Done...

I have been working slowly but surely on my designer inspired trench coat. I am using Vogue 8884 for my pattern and have added several traditional trench coat elements to it. I'm on the button and buckle installation phase at the moment.  

I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it has been to make this coat-- yes, it's taking time with all the hand sewing, various elements I added to the garment, the 547,000 pattern pieces I cut and the tedious muslin fittings-- but the actual sewing process is not difficult by any means.  The one issue I've had is finding simple black slider buckles for the sleeves and belt.  After much searching  I found some at Cleaner's Supply.  I ordered them late night so I may have to wait a few more days to finish my trench.



There we are together this morning as I get all my buttons lined up.  You can see her pretty red lining peaking out.  I've been looking to my inspiration coat as well as others on their website to add a few details, too.  I chose buttons with a similar style (sans that designer brand stamped on it), I'm using a slightly smaller button on the front storm flap then the rest of the buttons on front--- the button size will be more evident when it's all done and its photographed it while I wear it.  I also am using keyhole style button holes like they do.  

My front storm flap (aka gun flap) is on my left side, although traditionally they are on the right... that's only because this style of coat was originally designed for men-- they button up their coats on the right side.  The storm flap on contemporary women's Burberry coats are on the left, too... this makes the flap functional helping to keep out the rain/weather when it's buttoned shut.   


I added a button to my back storm flap.  This helps keep it nice and flat.  I used sew-in hair canvas in my collar and copied the collar stand stitching found on my inspiration coat-- it matches the top-stitching I made on my pocket welts and belt (you can see a peak of the belt in the picture above to the right.)


I *hope* I can have this done by Friday... I am actually going out with my hubby for the first time in months AND it's going to be a heat wave of about 57F (14C)!  I'm over the snow and cold weather.  And with all this nasty snow we've been having, the mail has not been coming in good time... which means I have NOT received the latest Burda... I always seem to get mine earlier in the month then this.   

12 comments:

  1. This pattern as been in my "to make" basket for sometime. Yours looks lovely. Can't wait to see it all done!

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  2. Wowzers! It looks so amazing! And hurray for you, going on a date! Hope you can get this finished in time!

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  3. I was just wondering yesterday how you were coming along with your coat. It's looking pretty amazing!

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  4. Looking good so far! I have not gotten my Burda magazine for this month either. There have been a lot of delays due to the snowstorms because I usually get mine the first week of the month, but no later than the second week.

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  5. Thanks, Teri!! There are a handful of really nice review on PatternReview.com of this coat... it was nice to read them before sewing this up.

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  6. Thanks! I've been chugging along, sewing a little here and there everyday when I have a moment.

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  7. Thanks, Vanessa! Yeah, I've seen some posts about the new Burda from others but have averted my eyes... I want to see the actual magazine before I read 'em though.

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  8. That coat is looking very lovely! :)

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  9. Thanks, Tanya!!! I think I may get it done this week because my buckles are on their way in the mail :)

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  10. All of the comments on my blog have disappeared?! DIsqus might have to be cut off soon, I've have too many issues. Here is a test comment to see what happens...

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  11. Now only a few are showing up one moment, then none the next moment? Hmmm... Disqus may really be obsolete for me soon.

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