The Red Trench - Part Three
Still Tweaking the Fit
Thank you all for your responses to my plea for help with fitting this trench coat. You've given me a lot to think about and Barbara in particular wrote a detailed comment on some ways to fix some of the issues.
To start with, I finally got the trench coat graded down to the proper size - a 38 in Patrones' size system. This is vast improvement in terms of the width of the sleeves and the shoulders. The back is better, too, but there are still some lingering weird wrinkles to deal with. Here's the front, not terribly well pressed:
Then there's the back. It doesn't look too bad at the top of the shoulder, but headed down towards the underarms there are the wrinkles that are bothering me. I've circled them in the second picture.
I assume this fabric is extra and doesn't need to be there? I have tried take a tuck from shoulder to hem, but that makes the top of the shoulder too tight and accentuates the wrinkles. I think I'm going to try Barbara's method unless there's another better solution. I also tried the trench with a belt, which is how I'd wear it and it doesn't look *too bad*, but I have a nagging feeling it's not quite right.
So, any suggestions? I have tried the jacket in a size 36 (sorry no pictures) and it was too small; the shoulder seam was too short and it was too high under the arms and uncomfortable to wear. The size 38 version is comfortable and easy to put on. That, said I don't want to take too much out of the back width, or else the coat won't flare properly, but at the same time I want it to fit right and look good, too. I also don't want to cut into the fabric and make a mistake that I can't fix!
Q/A: After seeing the snowflake dress in the Parting Shot, Jeannie W. wanted to know what pattern I used for it. Jeannie, I don't remember. I made it about 7 or 8 years ago. I do know that it was a very basic dress with a round neck, long sleeves and full skirt. I added the overlay and attached sash. I think that you should be able to easily modify any basic pattern to achieve the same look. Here are few to try: McCall's 8675, New Look 6767 or 6771 or Butterick 3672.
Parting Shot: First Day of School Dress. I made this one for my daughter for her first day of school. The piping and flower buttons added just the right touch for my little girl.