In the process of looking at men’s suit coat drafts in preparation for yesterday’s entry, I was forced to see (over and over and over) another of my pet peeves in pattern books. Since people often ask me which pattern book is better than another, it’s hard to say for many reasons but usually, I pick the least worst :). Now, when reviewing books, I usually just scan them. I don’t have the time to test the drafts and I don’t think I need to if I can spot advance problems at a glance. I mean, why would I test a draft if I can see a problem before I start? Plus, I have way too many pattern and grading books (112+) to test them all so I scan, checking for the usual suspects. To the right is one of the things I scan for. Can you tell me what’s wrong with this draft? By the way, this is a “sloper” (no seam allowance). Allowances are immaterial for this exercise.
This isn’t a trick question, it’s obvious -provided you know men’s suits. Still, knowing men’s suits may not save you. I worked for a manufacturer who made suits for forty years that had fronts looking like this. Otherwise, if you don’t know men’s suits, work your way through it. What is wrong with this piece, an aspect that renders the piece incorrect when joined to itself? That’s a hint by the way. And JC, you are not allowed to answer, not after I told you the answer yesterday.