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Date: 9/21/13 7:33 PM

I often wear men's clothes in RTW, especially jeans because I have a wide waist, flat butt, and skinny thighs. Jackets and shirts, too, but usually the sleeves are too long.

So I'm thinking of sewing some of the new Vogue men's patterns for me. Particularly the V8940 peacoat (in red wool).

I can pick a size by chest but I'm worried about the shoulders being too wide. Does anyone know if Vogue drafts for a broad-shouldered guy or is it more slim-fit?
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Subject: Mens patterns sizing Date: 9/22/13 4:50 AM

I get a nicer fit in mens shirts, love the flannel left open with a T underneath. I grew up in late 50's before they made jeans or those types of comfy shirts for women.
Have never tried using men sizes patterns though.
Might prove interesting in the shirt!

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Date: 9/22/13 10:33 AM

I'm really looking forward to trying a men's pants pattern. The angle of the waist seam is so different and I'm curious to see why.
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Date: 9/25/13 3:31 PM

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I often wear men's clothes in RTW, especially jeans because I have a wide waist, flat butt, and skinny thighs. Jackets and shirts, too, but usually the sleeves are too long.



So I'm thinking of sewing some of the new Vogue men's patterns for me. Particularly the V8940 peacoat (in red wool).



I can pick a size by chest but I'm worried about the shoulders being too wide. Does anyone know if Vogue drafts for a broad-shouldered guy or is it more slim-fit?

Me, I'd be worried about a man's coat pattern having no shaping whatsoever for a woman's chest/bust. But you say you wear Mens' jackets already, so maybe that isn't an issue?

Thanks for the tip about mens' shirt patterns having too-long sleeves: I'm about to try one, for me.

nb: I hadn't realised that men have longer arms than women. Or maybe men just like longer sleeves than women? An interesting thought.
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Date: 9/25/13 5:03 PM

Thanks for answering! I thought my question was going to die a quiet death.

I have short arms but men's arms *are* longer than women's in general.

I am very flat chested so the bust is never a problem. But I am worried about the shoulders to hip ratio--too much of an inverted triangle won't work on me.

Someone just posted a review of the Vogue peacoat, I might go ask my question as a comment there.
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Date: 9/25/13 5:09 PM

I think my own question in this section is dying a quiet death.
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Date: 9/26/13 2:11 AM

Having just made this for my son who is slim but has broad shoulders I can only suggest making a toile and trying it out. I have no experience drafting mens into women's patterns. I am a size 12 in vogue and it drowned me.
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Date: 9/26/13 10:21 AM

Thank you.
I saw your review--looks lovely.
I think I'll make a muslin/toile of the smallest size and see what happens.
Did you try the trouser pattern that's included with the coat? I'm thinking of trying that out too.
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Date: 11/21/13 7:12 PM

gill,

I saw your pic of the jacket on your son. Very nice work!

I'm going to add one of these to my closet sooner than later...I hope ;)

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Date: 11/21/13 9:47 PM

I have mostly completed a pair of shorts for myself from the pants pattern that goes with that peacoat. Without any alteration they fit better than any of the women's pants patterns I've tried! (Except for the front crotch where there's a little extra space. )
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