Shoulder pads to the rescue

21Nov12

Thanks for all the good fitting advice on my coat muslin. I was all set to call it good enough and start cutting my fashion fabric, but you convinced me to go back and have another go.

The previous problem I had on the front was horizontal folds on the princess seams. ozviking, Lisette, Claudine, BeccaA, and maria all suggested shoulder pads so I took myself down to John Lewis to pick up a pair. I had no idea there were so many types! I picked a pair labelled ‘small’ with a picture of a set-in sleeve on the packet. No idea if they’re the technically correct sort, but they definitely help. I’ve also taken out a bit of length above the bust seam here as Beth suggested .

Coat muslin 2 front view

Here’s the back view with shoulder pads, a tiny bit of width taken out of the centre back seam, and again with reduced length above the bust seam. (Can I call it a bust seam when it’s on the back?) Clio and Beth both pointed out that the back seemed too wide to start with.

There is still a very small fold of fabric at the back shoulder but it’s really improved. I don’t want to risk trying to get rid of absolutely all the excess, I think I need some of that room to move!

Coat muslin 2 back view

The bust seam was rising up slightly at centre front so I let it out a little there, tapering back to the previous seamline before hitting the princess seams. That’s made a bit of difference.

The waist seam’s still rising up in front and falling slightly below my natural waist in back so I’ll adjust that in the same way as I did the bust seam. Not that you can see the back waist seam in this picture. I’m regretting using black fabric for fitting! It’s not just the photos; it’s quite hard for me to see what’s going on too.

Coat muslin 2 side view 2

This really has been a learning experience, thanks so much everyone!



9 Responses to “Shoulder pads to the rescue”

  1. It’s looking really good! The shoulder pads really did make difference. I like the design of this coat. Love all the seaming.

  2. It looks fabulous already! Really nice.

  3. Hey – that looks great. much better. and don’t be afraid of shoulder pads, I think most coats need them (of course depends on how the pattern is designed. In the fashion fabric this is going to be a gorgeous coat.

  4. It’s amazing what shoulder pads can do. I’ve got over my 80s phobia now that I know how much better they make a garment. They go in my shirts too! It’s looking great Catherine. Full marks for revisiting the toille. I don’t think I’ve ever been that patient!!!

  5. It’s going to be amazing! Time to move on to the real deal! :)

  6. And it’s lookin’ really very schmick. Shoulder pads are such a good thing… even if I still shudder at the thought of them!

  7. Those shoulder pads make it look super polished. Though the idea of shoulder pads still scare me… Always makes me think of the Golden Girls…

  8. Wow, that is an amazing difference! Thank goodness for fellow sewing bloggers. Aren’t people great?

  9. I’m catching up after being away – much improved with the shoulder pads! The fit is looking pretty good now;



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