- Apr 17, 2011
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I've had quite a few overcoats made over the years and never had a muslin fit first. Overcoats are made similar to suit coats, so you should have basted, forward and final fittings. There should be sufficient margin to get it to work.For anyone who has been following my upcoming Balmacaan-ish coat, any tips before I go to my tailor tomorrow and what to ask? He generally claims to make anything, but I'm uncertain as to his skill of his making a raglan coat and pattern matching.
I wonder if there is any point in asking for a muslin fit first.
FWIW, he has made me great trousers in the past, a safari jacket, shortened the collar of a blazer(collar gap alteration), and narrowed the shoulders of an overcoat. All with great results.
With that said, raglan sleeves can be tricky. When I asked one of my tailors to make my raglan coat, he pulled out his pattern book and showed me how he intended to cut it. It turned out fine. But at that point he had made lots of stuff for me already and I fully trusted his abilities.
On the other hand, I've been working with another maker for a raglan sleeve rain coat. They made a toile mock-up and all, but in the end it didn't pan out, so I abandoned the idea and went with a set-in sleeve. I'm quite disappointed with that, since I really wanted it to work out.