Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unveiling the Vogue 8719 Jacket

This was supposed to be a wearable muslin, but I decided to put the jacket together in normal fashion since it has some new skills needed. Plus, since it was $1.50 thrift store material I am not out anything.  I am happy with the jacket.  There are a couple adjustments I could make when making this again.

It is something new for me to have a form-fitting jacket.  Since in the past I would buy a size 38 tall in order to have the length in the arms and body.  I did not realize how big size 38 was on me until comparing it to this one.  I never have seen a 36 tall, which this jacket is.
Vogue 8719 Jacket and Pants

The bias-tape was a new skill for me.  I made it myself because the instructions said so.  I do not have a bias-tape maker, but I am glad I have a bias-tape foot for my sewing machine. Being an unlined jacket, the bias-tape finishes the seams nicely.

I decided not to line the arms.  The pattern was supposed to have lined arms, but I put one lining in and thought it made the arm look wrinkly no matter what I did.  I was going to bias-tape the arm holes, but after one attempt over three layers of fabric, I gave up and serged them.  They came out looking nice.
I added two inches to the body and the arms.  Next time I will add another inch(total 3) to the arms, the body seems the right length.

A Little Longer Sleeve Next Time
I will have to figure out the wrinkle under the collar when I make this again.
A Wrinkle Under The Collar
Since I had leftover lining/bias material. I used my rolled-hem foot to make a handkerchief.   This only took a few minutes and I think it adds a nice touch.

After my experience with this pattern for both pants and jacket I give it a thumbs up.  I am not a fan of the instructions and illustrations for the jacket, but I was able to construct it with a little help from the internet and my sewing books.  When a pattern fits and can be put together with  minimum adjustments I am impressed. Even with the things I am pointing out, this is still a wearable jacket.

I don't think I am going to make this pattern again for a while.  I think I am ready to change direction now and come back to making Vogue 8719 in the future.  In fact, my new project is already being laid out.  A t-shirt for Joe.

Thanks for stopping.


  1. Well done Wil! This is a great-looking jacket that fits you very well.

  2. Thank you David, a good comment from such an excellent sewist feels good.

  3. I happened upon your blog after you left a comment on Matt G's post about his recent frustrating work experience. I am jealous of your sewing skills!
    I have a similar issue finding tops that fit properly - I am 5'10 and weigh 130lbs, so I tend to swim in many tops that have an adequate arm and body length.

    I have NO sewing ability, and dexterity is not my strong point, but your blog is inspiring. Maybe I will give this a go (by "this" I mean starting with something like a pillow).

    1. I started with pillows and pajama tops. I have my health issues and sewing is not too demanding. Plus it is fun to read the blogs and be inspired

  4. Don't you look great! You did such a great job on this jacket and I too am jealous of your skills. Man, I'd love to be able to make something like this.

  5. Congratulations on a fine job. I've been learning tosew mensware for the past year and know that it can be a lot of work. I hate to even mention this , but is it possible that you accidentally switched the sleeves and sewed the right sleeve to the left side of the body and vice versa? I know that is easy to do if one is not careful to match the front and back notches. From the picture it looks like you have a seem going down the front of the sleeve, which if I'm correct, should go down the back of the sleeve crossing the elbow. Switching the sleeves shouldn't be too terribly difficult and should make them hang better. Of course, maybe this is not the case and I'm just seeing this correctly. In any event, good job!

  6. I thought I had the sleeves on wrong also. But I double checked everything and they are correct. This pattern has two pieces of fabric per sleeve, so two seams. I made a winter coat with two piece sleeves, and it has a seam up front also. I think it is the fashion? Thank you for the input.