If you select an easy to sew pattern, the sleeve is likely to be cut as one with the bodice. You don't have to set the sleeve in, which saves time and works well for sewers who are unfamiliar with setting a coat sleeve. The downside is that this type of sleeve creates unattractive folds and bulk at the armhole and along the sleeve. Observe the sleeve folds in this muslin.
|All in one bodice/sleeve front|
|Back view includes sleeve folds and excess ease in garment|
Here are the modified pattern pieces:
To select a set in sleeve pattern from my stash, I need to measure the armhole at the stitching line.
What else could I do to improve this wardrobe investment? I think a detachable faux fur collar would be dramatic and fun. I have a one yard panel of brown mink in my stash so please check back next week to see the result.