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Get the Hang of It: How to Use Weights to Improve the Look of Jackets

Try two types of drapery weights to help jackets hang better on your body.

Apr 12, 2019
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Over the years, we have read about how a length of chain is stitched above the hemline on the interior of classic French-style jackets. A visible beautiful chain on the garment’s back hem facing serves as a counterbalance to the heavy buttons that are sewn onto each jacket. It enables the garment to appear balanced on the body, and it adds a flash of bling. Many thanks to Susan Khalje and Claire B. Shaeffer for their research and expertise to give us the 4-1-1 on the secrets within this style of jacket.

While this detail is beautiful in a couture-inspired garment, what if you’d like your casual jackets to hang properly on your body? You could try using concealed drapery weights in key areas of the jacket interior. They are added during jacket construction.

Drapery weights are easily found online or at your local fabric/craft stores, and…

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  1. PlayinHooky May 2nd

    This is one of your most helpful postings, thank you! I knew drapery weights could be used but not exactly the best way. The square weights at bottom front is especially helpful.

    One question: do you know if these lead weights (or the metal chain) cause problems at airport security and other security scanners? I would still use them but it would be good to know in advance.

  2. user-7091748 May 2nd

    I’m so glad that you found this information helpful! I have to say that I’m not certain if these weights will cause any issues while going through security at airports. They are quite small, but I’m not sure if explaining what they are to security personnel if detected by the scanners is worth taking a chance.
    Thanks so much and Happy Sewing!
    Pam Howard

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