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needle | Posted in Fitting on

In the last 2 jackets I have made, As long as I am standing up , the sleeves are the correct length, and all is well. But when I sit down the sleeves become about 5 inches shorter, and I feel I want to pull them down all the time, but they won’t come down. I would guess that I have to make an adjustment to the pattern, somehow, but don’t know where. It is a two piece sleeve. Has anyone else had this problem??


  1. mem | | #1

    When you arestanding isyour elbow bent or straight?My guess is that you need to adjust the length to be ok when your elbow is bent .

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    I wonder if the jacket is rising up all along the torso? Perhaps if you had a higher armhole. Or maybe you need more sitting accomodation in the hip area if the jacket is long and you do not unbutton it when you sit. Are the shoulders "levitating" at all when you are seated?

    1. needle | | #3

      Yes they are. I never have the jacket done up. I think maybe , I need more room in the back. What do you think??  needle

      1. Elisabeth | | #4

        I don't know, it could be any number of things. If the jacket fits well when you stand, think of what changes your personal body makes when you sit. Perhaps you relax a bit into a mini slump. What happens to your arm position, more forward possibly. Many jacket patterns are not designed well enough to accomodate even the slightest shift from royal guard straight. Maybe more room in the back, maybe a slightly different type of sleeve/shoulder/armhole... If you have a picture to post I'm sure the many wise jacket makers on the forum will have specific suggestions.

      2. mimi | | #6

        needle:  my first thought was "Is it too tight across your shoulder blades?". 


  3. user-51823 | | #5

    i would agree that it sounds like the back needs to be widened, as well as anywhere else you might feel binding when you sit. possibly add a little to the sleeve length (within reason, a little too long is better than too short), and also add some ease to the width of the sleeve as well.

    i'm not being facetious here, but if your posture could stand improvement, this jacket may be a useful tool to remind you to sit "up", much better for your back health and stomach muscles. what i'm saying is, if, as pointed out, you slump when you sit, but the jacket fits better when you sit with better posture, then possibly the jacket doesn't need much altering.
    i don't mean this as a criticism-- i do this all the time. i keep the rearview mirror in the car adjusted a tad high so i have to sit straight to see, and i don't wear elastic waistbands, so i can feel if my tummy is getting bigger than it should.

    1. needle | | #7

      Well this is the second time this pattern has done that to me, so I think you are right, and it does need more room across the back. I am going to put a gussett under the arm in the sleeve and the jacket. Thanx for your help....Needle

      1. jandheurle | | #8

        i also think your jacket is too tight across yhe back; and, if so, a gusset will not really help you. make yourself a sloper or personal pattern and use it to check all your future sewing projects. you won't be sorry. jan

      2. mem | | #9

        Instead of gussets why dont you add in in the back by slashing the back down from the neck shoulder point and adding in a little and then doing a full arm adjustment to the sleeve .Also you could try the pattern using a strtch woven material which would have that little extra give when you sit.

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