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Altering Shoulders on Jacket

Virginia Mom | Posted in Fitting on

I need to alter a jacket to bring it more up-to-date. Given it’s navy color, very light weight wool fabric, and clean lines, I think it’s good-to-go. Unfortunately, it’s got those old linebacker shoulder pads in it.

I’m thinking about selecting somewhat thinner shoulder pads and moving them in further from the sleeve cap (they now stick out about 3/4 of an inch from the shoulder seam line). I’m thinking I may have to shorten the sleeves and perhaps take up some slack at the shoulder seam. Am I being sane about this? Am I missing anything obvious? Any word from those who have more experience with alterations? Thanks!

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    There have been several conversations on this topic. Search for message 5172.1 and 5973.38 and read the postings there.

    1. Virginia Mom | | #2

      I don't see how to search by number. Could you help me please?

      1. Josefly | | #3

        Scroll up on the left side of the page, to the very top of the topics list, and you'll see "Advanced Search." Click on that, then when you get to the search page, you'll see different criteria you can search on - topic, date, name of poster, etc. You have to scroll down lower on that page to see the place to search by message number. I'm thinking you'll have to stitch your shoulder seam a little deeper - angling from nothing at the neckline, to perhaps 1/4 inch deeper on the shoulder end, depending on the difference between the old shoulder pads and the new ones you'll use. If you also shorten the shoulder, it's possible that will take care of the difference in sleeve-cap that you might otherwise have to shorten also. But if you search the archives for previous discussions, there may be more detail on this. Come back with questions if you don't find your answers. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

        1. Virginia Mom | | #4

          Many thanks!!

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