Questions about taking in a coat
I have a long dress jacket (made of a heavy cotton) that I would like to shorten and take in. Each front panel is composed of two pieces of fabric with a seam running down the front halfway between the button placket and the side seam (I hope that makes sense--I'm only an intermediate sewer and don't know the right terminology). This seam is curved so as to fit the body nicely, but as the coat is at least 2 sizes too big for me, it's not particularly fitted!
My question, however, is about where to take in the coat. Should I take it in only at the side seams, or should I also try to take the coat in at these front seams? In other words, will taking in the sides alone make for a more fitted coat, or do I have to take the coat in at all 4 seams in order to maintain the proportion?