My first suit jacket
For my first jacket, Threads magazine was a tremendous source of useful information. This was a new sewing experience for me, and knowing I wanted to make it right, I consulted different issues to find information on fitting, speed tailoring, japanese tailoring, and bagging a lining. I also gleaned useful information from Pati Palmer and Marta Alto's book, Jackets for Real People, Nancy Zieman's book, The Best of Sewing with Nancy, and Helen Joseph Armstrong's book, Patternmaking for Apparel Design. The Singer reference book on tailoring was also useful. The pattern was drafted using PattenMaster TailorMade from Wild Ginger software, although it was HEAVILY altered, so that it scarcely resembles that from which it came. I also found ripping apart an old suit and checking the details on a RTW suit I currently own very helpful for getting the internal parts, details and placement right. I found it helpful to make lists of details I wanted to incorporate into my project, along with measurements, to figure out, for example, how long a double welt pocket should be, or which interfacing is used where. I plan to make other suit jackets in the future, so I have traced off the pattern onto heavy brown paper, and I continue to make notes, so I know what I can do better on next time.
Pattern or design used: PatternMaster TailorMade, drafted to my measurements, Wild Ginger Software