So how do you feel about raglan sleeves? Anything at all?
Even though I find them more difficult to resize, I like raglan sleeve seams and the soft-shouldered look they create. That's why, despite having already made two muslins for my spring jacket project, I decided to make one more using the pattern up top, Stretch & Sew 1794. You've probably seen these vintage Stretch & Sew patterns around -- they're quite easy to find and always cheap, especially on Etsy. I don't think they make them anymore; does anybody know this for sure?
A quick review: I'd initially planned to make a bomber style jacket. Last week I muslined two patterns: Simplicity 7358, which came out ginormous, and contemporary Burda 7617, OK, but a little boxy. Stretch & Sew 1794 has been sitting in my pattern stash for years. It dates from 1985, but it's a very classic windbreaker style and the sizing is normal. You have to trace your size since the pattern is printed on both sides of the heavy pattern paper. I made the little windbreaker collar but it seemed boring.
I took it off and added the hood from Burda 7617. I also added a zipper shield (for lack of a better term: that flap that covers the zipper on a lot of men's outerwear). And that's where things stand today.
The fit is extremely comfortable (Though I made the sleeves 1" too short). It will be hemmed at the bottom, but roughly the length you see here. I like it more than the boxy Burda (shown below with plaid shirt).
I've never given jackets like these much thought but there are many, many different styles. Last week I peeked into a nearby men's clothing store, Steve Alan, and tried on the dark gray jacket below, which retails for more than $400 USD, despite being made in China. It's much longer than the jackets I had in mind, but super-cute.
It has a hood, but the hood is removable. The collar edges are flush with the center zipper, but the zipper shield goes all the way to the top of the collar. I could try to copy that too. Thankfully, I have finally exhausted my supply of that stinky, off-gassing taupe polyester. You won't have to see that again and I won't have to smell it.
Finally, five months after I ran into a patch of wet cement outside my apartment building and badly twisted my ankle, I finally returned to running yesterday. It felt great.
And that's all the latest from MPB, Inc. I'm all muslined out.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!