He has the hardest time getting the right fit. Which is why he is in a lot my my blog posts. It seems like I am Always altering his clothes. The poor guy is 6'4 with super long arms. So he need to get XL sometimes XXL so that things are long enough and so that the sleeves are long enough. However he doesn't need the extra room in the body. Thus, I am altering everything. He's had this coat for a couple of years but doesn't wear it often because he was self conscious about how big it was. I was a little more nervous than normal because this is an expensive coat and I didn't want to risk ruining it. But he wasn't wearing it as is so it defiantly needed something. I altered this coat basically the same way I did his shirts here.
I just have him put it on inside out and pin all the way down both sides and half way down the sleeves until its as snug as he wants it. The difference on the coat, is there are SOOO many layers that I had to lay it out on the ground and make sure it was all pined smoothly. It's almost impossible to pin thru so many layers and have it look smooth while someone is wearing it. But, I did need to have him put it on so I could get the right fit. So I laid it on the ground and repined it checking the front of the coat with each pin to make sure it was laying smoothly. Then once I felt confident that it was pinned smoothly I sewed it. Then I zig zagged to get the secure edge.
In this case we just left the excess on. In almost every other case we cut off the excess but I wasn't sure how the waterproofing worked and didn't want to mess with it. And it didn't bother him so we left it but I think if you wanted to cut it off you would be ok.
Doesn't it look so much better. And he feels more confidant wearing it now so it was totally worth it.