Pop Quiz #470

Here is the side view of a jacket I recently bought at Chico’s. See anything wrong with it? Make special note of those sleeves and how they hang. I’ll bet it looks just fine, downright dandy from this side view:

You’ll note the sleeves are not perpendicular. Normally, this is a good thing (it is not good if the sleeves hang aligned with the side seam in tailored goods). The problem is, it’s the front of the jacket that’s facing out; those sleeves are sewn in backwards! Here’s a photo from the front. Can you see those sleeves swinging back? It’s more noticeable on the right.

It always amazes me that a manufacturer can sew their sleeves in backwards. I don’t understand how they manage that. I suppose I could open the jacket and check the armhole notches but I’m thinking of returning this. How could nobody not notice?

Another annoyance (irrelevant): The front comprises three pieces; a center front panel, a middle front panel and a side front panel (piece naming conventions). None of them have any curvature to them. The pieces are flat. Pray tell me, what was the purpose of cutting this many pieces without some fitting curvature to them?

Speaking of manufacturers sewing their sleeves in backwards, here’s a real prize. I laughed out loud. Can you see those seams (typical of suit sleeves) from the front (larger view)? And this is a hoity toity self-described couture designer. I don’t remember who sent me the link to this site, lauding the talent of the designer but all I could see were these sleeves. And by the way, all of the jackets on that site had sleeves like this.

So, the challenge of the day boys and girls, is to come up with the most likely correction for this problem. Bonus points awarded for a complete solution, meaning the prevention of this in process and operations. It is not cheating if you consult pg. 177 of The Entrepreneur’s Guide. You don’t need to know everything, you just need to know where to find the answers.

Leave a Reply

20 Comments on "Pop Quiz #470"

Beth Laske-Miller
4 years 4 months ago

I LOVE . “You don’t need to know everything, you just need to know where to find the answers.” I have the most difficult time explaining this to people. I may not be able to draft the perfect 17th century sleeve from memory, but I certainly know where to find it, and it’s in my library :) I think it was Einstein who said (paraphrasing) I refuse to commit to memory anything I can easily look up.

[…] that the fit is incongruous. I was reminded of this last Saturday when I went to a party and wore this jacket. The fit was incongruous in both length and width. By incongruous, I mean the different fit […]

7 years 7 months ago

I agree with Kathleen’s correction to my suggestion to notch 3″ forward of the pit and 3.5″ and 4″ back from the pit.

7 years 8 months ago

Never mind. I just read your next (previous?) post on how you shop.

Rita Yussoupova
7 years 8 months ago

Cut off the sleeves !!!! LOL

I wonder if there is a Website where you can go and expose garments like this one and mention brand /label.