Sew a Hidden Lapel
Kenneth D. King explains how to create a unique coat style in Threads #172.
Some months ago, during a sit-and-sew with Susan Khalje, a student brought in photographs of a jacket detail she wanted to reproduce. At first, I called it a blind lapel because it looks like a lapel on the lower portion, near center front, and like a collarless jacket around the neckline. But the real interest lies between those two points-where the notch would normally be on a traditional notched-collar lapel. On this jacket, the notch edge of the lapel disappears into the shoulder of the jacket. Just one edge of the lapel lingers for a different and refreshing style. If you want a jacket that makes people stop you for a second look, I’ll show you how to engineer this interesting feature on a pattern, and then how to put the pieces together.