Tailoring a jacket

The jacket project continues! I’m still wrapping my mind around not rushing through it. Steps I’ve taken:


Interfaced the front and made a chest shield / shoulder reinforcement from interfacing

dscf7410Stabilised and eased the shoulder seam with twill tape


Some kinda miracle because the front and back lines match up and I wasn’t trying i.e. didn’t think about it until I was pressing it.


Made a back shield. Or is it back stay? Meh.


Interfaced and pressed the pockets. They don’t look overpressed in real life.


Interfaced the sleeve cap


And spent a good hour on the phone with Marji addressing the sleeves and hemming. I’m also sorry to say that I haven’t even cut out the lining. I think we’ll be seeing March before I’m done with this project.


Uhhhh. If you have these buttons from FabricMart and can spare a few, can you leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail? I have enough to single breast the jacket, but I think I want a double row and don’t have enough of the large ones. I also have just two of the medium size for the jacket pocket and wouldn’t mind a spare in case I lose a button. The smallest ones will go on the pants. The pants that are cut and laying abondened on the cutting table.



  1. I love that you got the shoulder seams to match! And your back shield is looking good…I knew Marji was the answer to your questions! *LOL* I’m a little jealous at the inner construction, girlie! And if you can’t find any more of the FM buttons, I have several dozen of a flatter white and black type button that looks similar. Let me know.

  2. It’s going to be a fabulous jacket! I wish I could help with the buttons, but I don’t have those ones. I can look for you when I get to NY later this week if you want.

  3. Good going! It takes time to do something like that. Do you know about the fabric shops on New Hampshire Ave and Univ. Blvd. (Langley Park)? I went to one last month and they had a very good selection.

  4. Whoa – I have never seen interfacing a sleeve cap before – is this going to replace a sleeve head? Or augment a sleeve head? Or is this because the fabric is sort of ‘slumpy’ (sorry..can’t think of the technical term there)?

  5. Your jacket looks like it’s coming along really well. I went down to check my FabricMart button bundle for you, but, no luck, sorry. I am really glad I went through the exercise of sorting them all out – looking it over now just involves a quick glance.

  6. This looks great! To answer Toby, no it doesn’t replace the sleeve head. I use this method all the time. What I do do, is use the wide bias interfacing method to set in my sleeves and that, in combination with a raglan shoulder pad can obviate the need for the sleeve head.

  7. Looking good. I love the fabric. I avoid stripes like the plague, so bravo for lining them up perfectly. That pocket also looks great. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  8. I am curious, since you are being so careful to not rush this jacket, are you still enjoying the process?? I find after a point I just get tired of it all and just want to be finished so I can start something new.

  9. March to finish this jacket? From the looks of it you’re through what I think are the worse parts. After you get your sleeves in it’s downhill from there, IMO. I have to cut out the lining for my jacket too. Bleh.

  10. Even if February is the shortest month of the year, it looks like you’re already well advanced into this project. I’m confident we’ll see the end of it before temperatures rise ;o)

  11. It’s going to be really pretty. Sorry I can’t help you with the buttons, either. Funny you picked up on Carolyn’s “comment ho” line; I think we all feel that way (I know I do)!

  12. Wow, some skillful working of those stripes there. In case you haven’t done or need some professional info on the lining, check Kathleen Fasanella’s blog ‘The Nameless Tutorial’. An excellent tutorial on inserting the lining.

  13. Looking good so far. I’m so jealous of your class. I guess I’ll have to satisfy myself with books and online classes at this time!

  14. I am looking for a way to make the perfect set in sleeve for large bust women.
    Also, looking for a video to show how to make a tailor jacket. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate it.

    Thanking in advance

  15. I would like to know if you have a tutorial dvd on the steps of tailoring a jacket

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