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Date: 9/22/13 12:59 PM

I feel like I am always battling issues with my shoulders/back when it comes to anything semi fitted. I am making Sewaholic Minoru (raglan style jacket) and at a point where I can try on the jacket. When I put it on, the upper sleeves bind my upper arms when I reach forward/up. Iíve stopped working on it for now because I am waiting for zipper to arrive, but I am also not enthusiastic to work on it anymore. I canít see myself reaching for a restrictive jacket often but I also donít know how (or donít want) to fix it - I would have to pick apart everything because of the raglan construction and there are a ton of topstitching!

It seems like there are two possible issues with upper arms become binding when reaching forward:
1. Garment armholes are too low
2. Garment shoulders/back is too narrow to fit my shoulders.
Iím debating if I should try making the armholes smaller. Alternatively, since the top of the jacket is gathered before the collar, Iím wondering if I can re-do the gathers by spreading the back out more (since its raglan).

Feeling the defeat...
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Date: 9/22/13 2:48 PM

I have been watching Cynthia Guffey's video How to Fit a Jacket and have been happy with all the information. It is on dailycrafttv.com for $10. I got lots of tips from that. My criticism is that the video is not broken into topics so I cannot go back to the specific area I want to review.

If the arms are binding that usually means the armholes are too low. Raising them should help this.
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Date: 9/22/13 5:55 PM

how wide is the sleeve in the bicep area? I have been paying attention to this as the last few things I have made have felt tight in the arm. If you watch any of the Peggy Segars webcast, she is always telling us to measure the thing before we make it and compare it to something that does fit.
So I did measure and the sleeve in questions was about 1" smaller than what I am comfortable with in a sleeve.
Now I am measuring the bicep in sleeves. My arms have morphed into my grandmother's arms without me realizing it.

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