We had a cold and long winter, it's still pretty cold in the morning. So I decided to make a coat for my husband.
I chose the Burda 153 from the October 2008 issue (the pictures above are from the burdafashion website). I made a muslin to be sure, and it was fortunate! Burda size 54, the largest size for this model, is for a chest of about 108 cm (42.5 inches). My husband is a bit above that, but I assumed it would suit him fine: the model is not exactly close fitting, is it?
NO, absolutely not! The muslin doesn't fit.
Now, I have to try to up-size this pattern. Of course, this can be made, the bigger size can be extrapoled from the multiple lines: the pattern is multisized for burda size 48 to 54... And after that, I have to petite a little that "sacré" pattern... What a mess!
I should have known better since, last Summer, I tried to made the trousers presented with the caban coat (with some adjustment for a retired rugby player belly ;-) and sadly, I never managed to fit it correctly and finish it.
Why is sewing for men, and especially for a lovely husband, always such a pain?!