Friday, March 14, 2014

Vogue 8842 Coat

The Vogue 8842 coat is ready to wear.  I actually had to wait a few days until the morning temperature was 46 degrees, instead of the usual 60 degrees it has been this last week to wear it.

This coat was fun to make, even though I strayed from the pattern quite a bit.  This pattern is really for a raincoat, but after reading how other reviewers had reported they picked this pattern for the general form, and altered it for their use.  I did the same.

I used a 50 percent blend of wool and polyester for the shell and a lightweight polyester with insulation for the lining. I made a size 38 to allow some room for the insulation.  I usually wear a 36.  I lengthened the body 4 inches and the sleeves two inches.  I  made welt pockets instead of the big patch pockets.  I added cuffs.  I made the collar more traditonal.  I also put a zipper in and snaps on.  It turned out just what I had pictured.

The biggest hurdle on this project was the thickness of the material.  Two layers fine, but 6 layers plus interfacing on top of a zipper was too thick to put under the foot of several of my machines.  Then I remembered my Necchi BU.  This thing is a beast!  I think I would break the scale if I weighed it.  It fit all that material under the foot and sewed through it like butter.

One slight hurdle was the snaps.  More of a learning experience.  Most snap attaching is done with a hammer. I have never been good with a hammer so when I saw the Dritz plier-style snap attacher, I thought this would be perfect.  It did work fine.  However, I am glad I paid $10 for it and not the listed $30.  It did the job, but even for $10 it should have been better made.  I think after a few coats worth of snaps it would be toast.  That is unless I lose the rubber adapter needed to put in half the snap first.

I ended up using 6 machines for this project.  One by necessity.(Necchi BU) The others for different aspects of the project.  My Kenmore 70 and 100.  My Bernina 530.  My Singer 6268.  And don"t forget I needed a label.  So my Janome 200E embroidery machine was also necessary.

What it is supposed to look like:
Vogue 8842 

What mine looks like:
Cuff with snap

Dritz 24P snap pliers


Liner trimmed with bias tape and attached to shell 

Zipped up

Comparing to coats in store window

I should get a lot of use out of this coat this winter and hopefully many more.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. It looks great Wil! There's so much work involved in a coat, thanks for describing your experience!

  2. What can I say.. wow! wow! I need to get back to my sewing asap!


  3. SSB.

  4. Very impressive. Just realised I hadn't put a comment in my last post. I will be featuring this coat on my page tomorrow as part of my Man Monday theme.