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Help using my muslin

Hansi | Posted in Fitting on

Hi everyone,

I’m making my first jacket (Vogue 8283) and made a muslin (also a first for me) for it using the instructions in the article in Threads  121.  I’ve only put in one sleeve.  It’s a fitted jacket w/side front and side back and a 2-piece sleeve.

My problem is that the sleeve feels tight but I can’t tell whether it feels tight because of

1.  tightness through the back.

2.  sleeve too tight (it feels weird when I bend my elbow; almost as if it’s twisted but it’s not)

3.  sleeve not fitting right because I don’t have a shoulder pad in place (easy to check I guess)

4.  or if I just need to pull out the sleeve and set it in again to make sure I just didn’t insert it poorly.   (again, easy to check)

I’m also feeling a little insecure because I’m not sure what to do if I change something.  Doesn’t that throw everyother pattern piece off? That sleeve touches at least 4 other pattern pieces.  Help, help, help!

Please let me know if you have any tips or have thought of something I haven’t.   I’m already glad I’m not trying to figure this out on expensive wool fabric! 





  1. rekha | | #1

    A jpg would have been nice for everyone here to comment.


    1. Hansi | | #2

      What's a jpg?

      1. rekha | | #3

        A photo of the section that doesn't seem to fit right

  2. fabricholic | | #4

    I would definitely put a shoulder pad in to see if that helps. Where on the arm is it tight? That will tell if it affects any other pieces.


  3. starzoe | | #5

    Where on your arm is it too tight? The bicep? The elbow? Measure your that spot and then measure the width of the sleeve. You need about 1 1/2" to 2" ease, or less, depending on they style. It could be also that the sleeve is okay, but the back is too narrow.

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