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Jacket Features–Back Vents

CathyB | Posted in General Discussion on

I just love the look of a single back vent in a jacket.  I also think that the no-vent jacket tends to cup under after having been worn a couple of times–a quite unflattering feature on my figure.

I also like the look of longer-than-fingertip length jackets.  Thus my first question:  If I add a center back vent to a ventless jacket pattern, is there a perscribed point to place the top of the opening?  Say, in relation to the hem or waist?

Part 2–has anyone tried interfacing the back hem up to 6 or more inches to give it more structure, especially after you have been sitting and get up?  I’ve considered it, but am too chicken to try it.



  1. kjp | | #1

    Part 2 - I've fully interfaced jackets (usually because of the fabric qualities)  and it works beautifully!  I would definitely try to interface more of the back of the jacket.  Why not the whole back? 

  2. FitnessNut | | #2

    Part 1.....I don't know, but will check my books later today.

    Part 2.....I interface the entire back as well as the front of each jacket I make. I find that the extra body is well worth the time and effort.

  3. Barbaran8 | | #3

    Just make daaaarrrn sure that the circumference of the jacket is big enough for your hips all the way from the waist down (check high hip measurements as well as the usual hip measurement spots) - nothing looks worse than a back vent that is being pulled because the beam is broader than the jacket! I see this all the time in riding jackets at horseshows, sigh....

  4. mem1 | | #4

    this jacket does have a centre back seam doesnt it?

    1. CathyB | | #5

      Yes, but either princess seams or darts for fitting.


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