Sewing friends, I am at a crossroads with this pattern. While running errands and cooking for most of the day, I was pondering my fitting issues in the back of my mind. Can I save this Robson, or should I move on? I decided to try to fix one more issue and then re-asses.
I was experiencing some tightness across the front upper chest and bust, especially when I moved my arm back. I’m pointing to the issue below:
So I opened up the princess seams and tried to maneuver the fabric until things felt a bit more comfortable. I was feeling pretty smug for “discovering” this awesome technique until I realized that everyone does this, LOL. It definitely helped to fix the tightness across the chest, but it was by no means a miracle cure.
The back is still a mess too. As of now (with a broad back adjustment), the coat feels comfortable across the back with minimal pulling when I raise my arm (see below, right), but I have lots of excess fabric when my arm is down (below, left). If I remove the excess fabric (taking out the broad back adjustment), I can’t raise my arms nearly as high and feel much more constrained. Am I facing Sophie’s choice here??
Now I present, for your informed critique, some blurry photos of me wearing the trench coat muslin over my pajamas. This is high quality blogging here, people! I’ll pose this overarching question:
Can I save this, or should I abandon the Robson and start over with a new pattern?
Criticism welcome; I value your honesty!
I’ll also provide this piece of data: As it currently stands, the coat feels pretty comfortable. I have a decent range of movement (as much as can be expected in a trench coat), and I seem to have a decent amount of ease where I need it. With that said, does it look ridiculous?
(I’ve been so focused on shoulders that I didn’t even notice the diagonal pulling at the waist until I looked at these photos! That should be an easy fix though, right? I also wonder if the fabric is just getting caught on my PJ pants, which would be avoided with a slippery lining…)
For what it’s worth, here’s what I think:
- Front doesn’t look too bad – perhaps can be fixed.
- Upper back looks awful and poofy.
- Side view actually looks pretty good.
So what do you think: forge ahead, or abandon ship?