My husband says my latest project, in progress, looks like a cartoon drawing of a coat. Proof is in the picture to the right.
I'm not so troubled by the look - what you see is the Thinsulate, which has been sewn to the lining and facings. It'll be covered by the fashion fabric, once I get further along.
My problem is the fact that the sleeves leave me with virtually no mobility. The depth from shoulder point to underarm is about 11" (28cm) which is FAR too much. The arm parts from the body just a bit higher than my bottom rib. Methinks I will have to insert a gusset. This does NOT make me happy!
I'll have to read up on gussets. To free up the sleeve from where it is tethered next to my ribs, I figure I'll need to slice at least 9cm (3.5") up on either side of the underarm seam. I'll first open the seam, figure out the placement for the cut, and sew a line of stitching on either side to anchor the lining fabric and Thinsulate. I'm not looking forward to the sewing of the gusset. I think I'll underline it with something less bulky than the Thinsulate - perhaps some 100 weight Polartec.
What say any of you experts reading this? All advice including references to articles or books will be gratefully received.