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Burda kids Pea Coat 9487

Dec 30, 2012
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not quiet finished, need advice

Need to add an underarm gusset.

photo taken with web cam by Belinda

I made a jacket for DGD from Burda kids pattern 9487 (a peacoat with gathers at the back yoke). DGD looks adorable in it but it is uncomfortable under the arms. I want to put gussets under the arms to get the seams out of the way and give her a little more flexibility. Could someone give me a link to instructions somewhere or even a video or even your own instructions and opinions. The problem is that the sleeve seam bothers her. Because I have used 3 layers of fabric as one for the whole jacket (poly satin,wool,poly lining), the seam is thick and hard. I tried trimming the wool out to the seam and have weakened the sleeve seam.I do not have enough fabric left to recut the sleeves. The sleeves are a bit narrow so I have taken out the stitches to mid forearm and will resew them with a 3/8inch seam instead of 5/8 inch. giving her a little more room. I will do the jacket side seam the same to match the sleeve seam. I do not know how large to calculate the size of the gusset and how to join it to the sleeve seam. I thought about hand appliqueing the gusset in place so the seam would be flat .

If I made this jacket again I would choose a size larger. And maybe still add gussets for freedom of movement. This is a size 12 and is the largest pattern available. It needed an underarm  sleeve seam 1/2 to 1 inch wider from the armscye to the wrist and and the jacket side seam widened the same amount. I will post Photos of DGD in it when completed. 


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  1. Elaine0808 September 20th

    I'm trying to make jacket by bursa kids 9487. The pattern is the least informative pattern that I've ever got a hold of the instruction are all over the place. If someone can tell me or show me where to go with it I would be so appreciative. I'm stuck on how to place the front facing.

  2. Grandma C January 13th

    If I could post more pictures I would show my progress with this alteration I need to do. I am adding 1.5 inches to the circumfrrence of the armscye and upper sleeve with a 6"x3" diamond spreading the underarm sleefe and jacket seam 1.5" wider. (Sleeve)

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