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Were jackets back in the 1960s a little "baggy"?
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Date: 8/30/10 7:50 PM

Hello! I'm making a 1960's vintage jacket. Its a size 12 which is a 25 waist/ 32 bust. I've finished some parts and when I tried on the sleeves they were quite huge. With other vintage dresses that were size 12 and had sleeves they fit perfectly. This is my first jacket from a vintage pattern and I was wondering maybe it was fashionable for jackets to be a little big in the sleeves, or do I have to buck up and make it smaller?
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Date: 8/30/10 7:58 PM

gitsie - do you have a picture of the pattern envelope? It really depends on the style of jacket. I know I had some with big sleeves and some not.

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Date: 8/30/10 8:04 PM

I have a pic wait a sec...
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Date: 8/30/10 8:17 PM

My camera wouldn't work so I scanned it.


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Date: 8/30/10 8:26 PM

Oh, it's a raglan (which is naturally much less fitted in most patterns)--and a McCall's! No, 60s jackets shouldn't be big in the sleeves (think Madmen), but if you want a nice fit from that period, I'd recommend getting vintage Vogue designer patterns (beautiful fitting and sewing techniques).

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Date: 8/30/10 8:38 PM

I think the deal with it is that the jacket and coat use the same pattern pieces. In a coat the sleeves would be fine for me, but I wanted a nice fitted jacket for fall. Its a bummer because I have never sewn a jacket with sleeves like this its really weird because the seam runs directly above and below the arms. It kind of perturbs me actually. I might just sew it and give it to my mom.
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Date: 8/30/10 8:53 PM

You should also stick in some raglan shoulder pads and see if that changes the fit:) We used those but not the huge ones of the 80s.

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Date: 8/31/10 2:44 AM

That's the way a raglan sleeve is made unless it is one piece and has a dart at the shoulder. It's always good to make a muslin of something like this. The other thing to always do is flat measure the pattern so that you are not sewing blind. If you subtract your bicep measurement from the sleeve bicep measurement minus sas, you'll know what ease was designed into that jacket.

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Date: 9/2/10 11:34 PM

Hi,
Have you actually assembled the jacket, or are you just trying on the sleeve pieces? I can't tell from this:
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I've finished some parts and when I tried on the sleeves they were quite huge.


Because part of the raglan sleeves actually become part of the front bodice, it may not be as big as you think.

I like raglan sleeves, they seem to fit well for my body, since I have small upper chest but need enough room for my not-so-skinny arms. I don't know too much about altering the fit on them though.

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