Eventually, I tore myself away from the joys of chocolate cake, and did some sewing.
The first toile of the Lady Grey Coat was not too bad. My preliminary adjustment was a mere 5mm square shoulder adjustment.
1. I think the pattern is flattering
2. The sleeve fit is horrendous
3. The toile is too tight at the bust and shoulders
4. The waist and hips are loose - I went up a size here, and I don't think this was necessary.
I slavishly followed Elizabeth, and rotated the sleeve forward by 25mm. This improved the fit at the sleeve, but it is not right yet.
My next plan is to increase the square shoulder adjustment by about 10mm, and to make a full bust adjustment. I am hoping that these two adjustments give me enough room at the torso. The coat is worn over a close fitting t shirt at the moment, so considerably more ease will be needed for the real deal.
I also plan to make the sleeves full length and fabric permitting, lengthen the coat to around the knee.
Anything else you think I should change?