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sewsavvy | Posted in General Discussion on

hi, I am altering a men’s sports coat and my plan of attack is to seam rip the side seams of the lining enough to take it in about an inch and handstitch the lining closed. But since I hate alterations and run from it as much possible I was wondering if anyone else had any ideas they could offer? Thanks!


  1. mygaley | | #1

    Have you thought about opening only one side seam enough to turn the garment.  Then you could reach all seams, do your alterations, turn and stitch one seam closed.  And you can pull the lining away from the rest and stitch that seam with a narrow zig-zag. My DSNL lost 50 pounds and his new jackets and suit coat did not fit.  Besides taking in the circumference, I found it necessary to pad the upper fronts with home-made pads similar to shoulder pads.  I have since learned this is a product that is available ready-made.  Also, pinning up the back seam sometimes makes sleeves and collars fit a little better.  God bless you as you work on this project.  Galey

  2. adeana | | #2

    another way to get inside the jacket to work on the seams is to open the lining at the hem in the middle of the jacket this way you can get to both sides and only open one area.  good luck-adeana

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    sewsavvy | | #3

    Thanks so much!!! I have procrastinated too much and am diving into the side seam. His coat was made by a Turkish tailor where I am stationed here in Turkey and it's a bit different when you take a closer look at the construction of the seams. Very interesting to say the least. I am basting the stitches of course and will take it to him tomorrow to try on. Again, thanks so much for your help!!!

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