I've got all the pieces (except the skirt) ready to assemble for the Tilted Duster (IK Fall 2007). I like my set-in sleeves much better if I do them before I do the side seams. However, the pattern says to do the side seams and knit the skirt before I set in the sleeves.
I'm guessing the reason to construct it in this order is so one is not hauling around the weight of the sleeves as well as the fronts/back while knitting the skirt. I can't think of any construction-related reason not to just go ahead and sew in the sleeves before the skirt, as I can always fold them into a compact form before I start the skirt, to keep them from flopping about.
I'm also thinking to use a line of single crochet along the shoulder seam for extra reinforcement, since this is a pretty good-sized garment and the weight might put some extra strain on that shoulder seam.
Anyone out there with some input on these ideas? I'd love to hear from you, as this is the first major project I've done for myself and would really like to see it turn out well!
(I'm making it in KnitPicks' Swish Superwash worsted, and found the perfect buttons by chance at Woole Meise in Stuttgart last week - sweet!)