...take 2 1/2 inches out of the back of a suit coat, super fast, without messing up the lining?
Here's my best guess...
After mulling it over while I was at work today, the best guess I could come up with was to mark the 'dart' along either side of the seam line, then hand baste along the marking to transfer the marks to the wrong side AND secure the lining.
Then I will stitch up the dart and pound/press the dickens out of it. Fortunately it's a tropical weight wool.
Costume, not couture...as if anyone was wondering...this is for Mr. Paravincini, the mysterious latecomer.
Crossing my fingers that it works. I still have to baste the other side before giving it a go on the machine...
Oh. This is what I found when I went back to the sewing nook:
I really hope Mr. Paravincini is not allergic to cats.