Once again, I’m not allowed to photograph Mr. Isis in the muslin—heck, I’m barely allowed to PUT him in the muslin, and then it’s off before I have a chance to really check the fit. Argh. Anyway, I shall attempt to write down some notes of the fit so I don’t forget.
So, the good:
- shoulder breadth is spot on
- waist length is good (I shortened 3.5 cm after comparing his neck-waist back measurement to that of the pattern)
- sleeve length (I lengthened 3 cm in the pattern). I need to remember to add the flap for sleeve vents!
- overall length is good, although I have to nail him down on that issue (see below).
- collar fits nicely
- a nicely small amount of ease in the sleeve-cap.
- Too TIGHT! in select areas. My well-muscled hubs needs, at minimum, a broad-back adjustment
and a wide biceps adjustment. The shoulders are really binding—I’m hoping that the broad biceps adjustment, which shortens the sleeve-cap as well as widening the arm, will help with the shoulder binding as well. I may actually just widen the entire sleeve a bit, too—really narrow sleeves is a problem I’ve run into in Lekala patterns before, in Tyo’s coat.
the other night hubs comes up with another source of inspiration: the coat worn by Christopher Walken as Gabriel in the movie the Prophecy. Fortunately for my blood pressure, it turns out on research that aside from the buttons and length (Walken’s coat is above the knee, a bit shorter than this one) it’s for all intents and purposes the same coat. However, hubs does need to decide whether he wants a single buttonhole or a bunch down the front. I HATE it when people I’m sewing for try to change the design midway through the process.
- side-seam (is it straight?)
- rear vent (does it gape—do I need to add more room in the bottom half?)
- sleeve length (double-check)
- how MUCH extra space across the back does he need?