Got one of the sleeves on last night and could not resist putting it on to get a glimpse of what the finished coat would look like and had a bit of a shock. If you go back and look at the photos of the muslin, you'll see that the finished sleeve length hits right about the bottom of my thumb joint...which would be about right for an overcoat.
I was really surprised, since I almost ALWAYS have to shorten sleeves.
But that looked good. So I made no alterations.
And last night, when I put on the one-armed coat, I found that the finished sleeve length hit about the tip of my thumbnail.
I did put the muslin on over a sweatshirt, since I wanted to make sure it had ample ease for wearing over a bulky underlayer. The only explanation I can come up with is that the muslin fabric just didn't slide over the sweatshirt fleece totally and I didn't catch it.
But I went to work today, thinking in my head about how simple it will be to shorten the sleeves, especially since I caught it before I had them both on.
I came home, put the unattached sleeve on the ironing board and suddenly was confronted with a detail I had forgotten.
I'd put a lovely bit of fusible interfacing on the hem. To fix it properly..., well, I'm not sure I can fix it properly, since I will not have to remove enough length to cut away all the interfacing. But I definitely want interfacing on that hemline.
So...the only other alternative would be to shorten the sleeve from the top. Which is probably do-able, I just haven't done it before.
Or, do I just leave the extra length, knowing that it will allow me plenty of ease for bulk in chilly weather?