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Waistcoat with pointed hem, is too short
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Date: 10/7/13 6:33 AM

I'm making a man's waistcoat (vest, in USA) which has the traditional pointed hem at the front.



It needs lengthening by about two inches. I have asked, and yes, he wants the traditional points at the front so it's not a question of shaving them off and dealing with a curved or straight hem. It's also too late to lengthen the body. (I realise the front facings will also have to be lengthened, but that will be easier, and stays hidden.) (The back is also not a problem per se, it has a straight hemline.)

Can anyone think of a relatively stress-free way to achieve this, please? I have some spare fabric. I was worrying about cutting strips and somehow negotiating them up and down those points to add new length and keep points, but I think working out the angles will drive me crazy.

Photo of pattern here: http://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/17421
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Date: 10/7/13 7:34 AM

If you are topstitching in a contrasting color, like the photo, can you add 2" of fabric above the pocket and hide your piecing with the topstitching?

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Date: 10/7/13 8:54 AM

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If you are topstitching in a contrasting color, like the photo, can you add 2" of fabric above the pocket and hide your piecing with the topstitching?

Hi Maripat (why doesn't the poster's name show when one clicks quote?)

The pockets are on the chest, and the fronts and back are completed. That would mean cutting through both fronts and across the back to add length to the armhole area.........
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Date: 10/7/13 10:27 AM

Is it possible to lengten at the shoulders?
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Date: 10/7/13 2:28 PM

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Is it possible to lengten at the shoulders?

Hi Quickie (why can't we see the name that we're replying to?????)

Not without deconstructing several stages back, and that would deepen the armhole, which seems fine.

Thanks for replying. I'll figure it out when I get to the last part. Somehow.
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Date: 10/7/13 2:37 PM

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Date: 10/7/13 3:15 PM

It may be a lot easier to start over with a muslin.

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Date: 10/7/13 3:15 PM

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Date: 10/8/13 1:42 PM

Is it possible to just cut straight across above the points and then make a new piece with the extra length and points? Top stitch the seam and it would look like a design option of the vest.
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Date: 10/11/13 11:30 AM

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Is it possible to just cut straight across above the points and then make a new piece with the extra length and points? Top stitch the seam and it would look like a design option of the vest.

Hi, sorry I only just noticed this. I did consider something like that, but in the end I didn't need it. The finished waistcoat is here:

http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/91659

and it looks pretty nifty, we reckon.
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