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Make a Jacket, Part 1

Learn how to use a pattern and sew your own jacket in this step-by-step video tutorial

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Making your own garments is rewarding on many levels. You can adjust the pattern for a fit that is better than ready-to-wear. You may choose the fabric and select colors and prints that are unique and suited to your coloring. It’s also a wonderful way to unleash your creativity and feel the satisfaction of creating something yourself. See how to use a pattern to make a jacket in this step-by-step tutorial. This video is part 1 of the whole jacket-making process. Learn the key steps to construction in part 2.

This detailed tutorial is one video in the comprehensive Teach Yourself to Sew series.


Teach Yourself to Sew

Judith got her first taste of sewing when she took the free lessons that came with her mother’s sewing machine purchase. Judith was 9 at the time. Soon after, she was sewing her own clothes and feeding her passion for the craft. In her Teach Yourself to Sew series, Judith shares her enduring love of sewing and her invaluable years of sewing experience.

Getting started

She starts with discussing the equipment and the essential sewing notions for anyone who sews. You’ll learn about shopping for fabrics, choosing patterns (including selecting the correct size), and planning the perfect pattern layout. From machine-sewing simple seams to inserting zippers and stitching buttonholes, Judith demonstrates the key steps to making a custom garment.

Discover methods for clean-finishing seam allowances and applying facings so all edges are neat. To add shape to garments, Judith explains how and why to sew darts, and how to gather fabric for volume. Other garment elements, such as sleeves, pockets, and elasticized waistbands, are shown in easy-to-follow video tutorials.

Advancing your skills

When you’re ready to challenge yourself further, tune in to Judith’s overview of couture garments and sewing techniques. Even if…

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