Feb 25, 2013
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.
Happy Monday, everybody!