Just as a refresher, this is the book that I / we’re working from. It should be pretty easy to find on either Ebay or Etsy. The photography is really stunning. So even if you never make any of the coats, the book is a pleasure to own. BTW I’m showing it placed on the pattern sheet so you’ll know what you’re getting into!
OK, I’ve finished my muslin for the pea coat. I have to say that it went together easily after I figured out the crazy dart at the neckline. As usual, the sleeves are too long, so I’ve turned them up about 1.5 inches. My alterations, which were made during the pattern tracing process, added 2″ of extra ease through the body. There’s plenty of room. I’ve pinned in a pair of shoulder pads which were much needed. Otherwise, I would have been faced with the dreaded sloped shoulder adjustment. The pads are easier, plus they give the coat a more tailored appearance.
I’m pleased with the fit in the back and across the shoulders. The sleeves were remarkably easy to set on this coat. For once, there wasn’t an enormous amount of easing required. My “sew-alonger” is concerned that the sleeves are too narrow. She’s sewing for a size 42 guy, I’m a 40. I suppose it all comes down to the man and how the coat will be worn. I wouldn’t ever wear more than a shirt and sweater under this coat, so the sleeves suit me fine. Wearing a suit jacket under it would be a totally different story. In that case I’d want more room. Then again, look at what Burberry is offering. The emphasis is clearly on very slim sleeves (along with ridiculously young models).
My co-sewer is also planning to lengthen the coat by 10″. I say “go for it!” The beauty of making our own clothes is getting exactly what we want. I’m actually leaning in the complete opposite direction. Here I’ve turned up the bottom hem an additional 2″. I think it makes the coat a little “younger”, “fresher”, “hipper?” I’d have to reposition the pockets, but that should be easy. I don’t have many followers, but I’d love to hear your opinions. Shorter? Longer? Oui? Non?