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My Jacket in Progress Is Almost Done--and it's Going to be Too Tight
Can This Be Turned into a Tuxedo Style to Add Width?
abcameo  Friend of PR
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Date: 5/15/12 7:47 PM

I've just pinned the sleeve to the armscythe and see it's going to be too tight to go around my arm with ease--even if I make the seam only 1/4".

Would adding an insert piece down the sides and from the sleeve hem to the underarm fix the problem? That's the only remedy I can think of to fix the problem. Would I add straight pieces or do I have to angle them on an A-line or something? The jacket is long--knee length.

I don't have enough fabric to start over, and anyway, I'm so disappointed, I wouldn't have the heart to redo the jacket. I added my first Hong Kong finish to the back seam and felt so proud and happy with the result, and struggled to get the collar in just right...

I don't know why this doesn't fit right. With the finished ease, the jacket should have been a comfortable fit. :(((

Many thanks for any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.

-- Edited on 5/15/12 7:50 PM --
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Date: 5/15/12 7:58 PM

Yes, what you are talking about is a gusset. Take a wedge shaped piece and add it to the sleeve seam, and take another and add it to the underarm seam. To figure how big of a shape you need is estimate where the tightness occurs, and then extend that toward your wrist on the sleeve seam and toward your hip on the sideseam about 2". Figure how much ease you would need to be comfortable and that would be the fullest part of your wedge.

Email me privately and I'll send drawings. I once did this on a twill jacket and I was happy with the results.

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