20 August 2013

Indygo Junction 740: Sizing & Alterations

This pattern has been on my radar for years.  YEARS.  Shortly after I bought the pattern, I found the exact same fabric at Hancock Fabrics.  It's a medium to heavyweight upholstery fabric with a crinkled texture and very soft underside.  I bought enough for the shell and corresponding bands. I don't know what took me so long to try this, but the time has now come.  The whimsical couch coat is in the works!  

source:  http://www.indygojunction.com/shopping/sizing/
Based on my full bust measurement, I started with an XL.  I didn't use the HB measurement because I wanted to have extra room to wear over fall/early winter clothes.  I lowered the bust fullness 1" and added 5/8" in width at the bust line.  The muslin felt a little snug and since my fabric is thick, I figured I needed the extra room.  If I need any more room, I think taking smaller seam allowances will be enough.

Since I started with an XL, the shoulder seam is too long.  I will take larger seam allowances on the front and back princess seams, tapering back to 5/8 above the bust. 

Since my fabric has a pretty sizable print, I decided not to add a center back seam to do the sway back adjustment.  Instead, I took out 3/4" of length from the center back and added this amount to the bottom.  This shortens the back-waist length to match mine but keeps the side back seam length the same.

The bicep area of the sleeves was a little restrictive.  I added a 5/8" fish-eye wedge; hopefully this will be enough.  Again if I need the extra room, I can take smaller seam allowances.

Up next:  Creating the Lining Pieces

Until next time, peace!



  1. Love that print and perfect for the pattern. Thanks for sharing your alterations.

  2. This is going to be beautiful - good luck :)

  3. LOVING that fabric. Eager to see it made up.

  4. Cool fabric! It will look fabulous when finished.

  5. I love the fabric and would enjoy sewing this coat in the fabric. Looks great!


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