I pounced on Dan (figuratively, of course) the minute he walked through the door tonight and got him to pose in the muslin for his man-coat, Burda 7780. He insisted on the first pose being the traditional greet-the-dog pose. That dog is a traitor.
I love sewing for Mr. Bug. No pattern alterations needed. He did mutter a bit about the coat being too small while he was putting it on, but it’s unlined and he’s wearing over a suit. I think once I get the lining in, it’ll be a good fit. I did the ‘pinch test’ and it seems to have a LOT of ease through the chest. The arms are a bit slim and I might sew with 3/8” seams to give him a little bit of extra room for suit wearing. I also have a nice stock of flannel meant for interlining drapes that I’m planning to use to interline the coat.
The coat is a bit long, but since it’s so nice and straight through the body, it’ll be easy to hem. At Dan’s request I’m going to drop the pocket placement about an inch from the placement on the pattern piece.
The real coat will be made from wool suiting, black with a sort of windowpane pinstripe. I’m totally dragging my feet over cutting the fabric, on account of the pattern matching required (practiced today on some toile, used Tasia’s excellent tutorial!) Since the center back seam doesn’t provide any shaping, I’ll likely cut on the fold to remove at least one seam.
Dan takes modeling direction well. This is what I got when I told him to stand like superman! Any advice to pass on to him? I have a hard enough time with my awkward hand-on-hip mirror poses**. Also any sewing-for-the-man advice is welcome!