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My first suit jacket

Here's the jacket, and here I am, very happily wearing it.  Threads magazine was a great help, providing the various techniques to make the jacket look like I "bought it", as a friend of mine told me.

For my first jacket, Threads magazine was a tremendous source of useful information.  This was a new sewing experience for me, and knowing I wanted to make it right, I consulted different issues to find information on fitting, speed tailoring, japanese tailoring, and bagging a lining.  I also gleaned useful information from Pati Palmer and Marta Alto’s book, Jackets for Real People, Nancy Zieman’s book, The Best of Sewing with Nancy, and Helen Joseph Armstrong’s book, Patternmaking for Apparel Design.  The Singer reference book on tailoring was also useful.  The pattern was drafted using PattenMaster TailorMade from Wild Ginger software, although it was HEAVILY altered, so that it scarcely resembles that from which it came.  I also found ripping apart an old suit and checking the details on a RTW suit I currently own very helpful for getting the internal parts, details and placement right. I found it helpful to make lists of details I wanted to incorporate into my project, along with measurements, to figure out, for example, how long a double welt pocket should be, or which interfacing is used where.  I plan to make other suit jackets in the future, so I have traced off the pattern onto heavy brown paper, and I continue to make notes, so I know what I can do better on next time. 


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  1. Stitichy | | #1

    Looks great! After all the research and alterations, it's great to be able to put a pattern on and cut the fabric out knowing it will fit the first time. I look forward to seeing the next one.

  2. LynnAlexander | | #2

    It looks Great!, I have an old suit from a thrift store find unlined and turned inside out hanging in the sewing room for reference and ideas. You are very resourceful!

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    balcsgirl | | #3

    Great job!

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    Obrooks770 | | #4

    Looks great on you, awesome job!

  5. Tatiana_ubu | | #5

    Byran, check out the Cutter and Tailor website. There you'll find a lot curious and earnest suit makers like yourself. Tips and insights to you may add to your second suit. Congrats!

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