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converting jacket to vest

olyite | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi!

I am working on converting some very nice men’s tailored woolen jackets/sports coats from Goodwill into a woman’s tunic length, belted vest. I have cut the sleeves off and discovered that I will need to open that seam and cut pieces from the sleeve to sew around the rough edge at the armhole. I am contemplating taking out the shoulder shaping materials in order to lower the shoulder of the vest a little. Any advice on how best to do this?

Thank you!!

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    My experience in a project of that sort has been that a good deal of the jacket has to be taken apart and re-styled. You probably won't want the extra height on the shoulder, the broadness or the linings and interlinings. Work from the sleeve head in and separate the lining from the outer fabric, remove the extra stuff and go from there.

    In the past I used to make pantsuits for myself from men's suits and found that to do a really good job I needed the largest suit available which gave me more options. Men's suitings are so superior but make sure that you can get the odor out of thrift store items first.

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