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Jacket Fitting Techniques

with Pam Howard
Jacket Fitting Techniques
Achieve a graceful, superior jacket fit that would impress even the most savvy custom clothier. Learn drape-fitting techniques, and even find out how to fit yourself!

Customize a jacket pattern for a perfect fit that shows off your figure and your sewing skills! Sewing sage Pam Howard will help you use precise measurements, dart manipulation, slash and pivot techniques, and seam placement adjustments to customize your jacket pattern. You'll assemble your muslin body and sleeves, and learn to drape-fit the muslin to diagnose fitting problems and pin out adjustments. With your adjustments sewn, you'll set in the sleeves with Pam's helpful tips, and check the fit once more. Then, Pam will help you deconstruct your muslin to create a personalized pattern for a jacket that's as one-of-a-kind as you are. Plus, you'll even discover Pam's techniques for fitting yourself, no partner required!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Meet Pam Howard

  • Meet instructor Pam Howard, get an overview of the jacket pattern you'll be using and take your body measurements!


Lesson 2. Preparing the Pattern Pieces

  • Look at the paper pattern pieces in detail and learn how to make any adjustments you'll need, such as lengthening.


Lesson 3. Transferring the Pattern onto Muslin

  • Lay your paper pieces onto muslin and get tips on tracing, cutting out and marking each section!


Lesson 4. Assembling the Muslin

  • Sew your new muslin pieces together and learn how to expertly construct the sleeve and sleeve cap.


Lesson 5. The Drape-Fitting Process

  • Drape your muslin onto a dress form and learn how to adjust for the perfect fit!


Lesson 6. Rebasting the Muslin

  • Take your muslin pattern back to the sewing machine, and baste in the changes made during the drape-fitting process.


Lesson 7. Fitting the Sleeve

  • Pin your two-piece sleeves together and learn how to perfectly set them, making any fixes before checking them back on the dress form.


Lesson 8. Fitting Yourself

  • Don't have a dress form of yourself and don't have a fitting buddy? Let Pam teach you how you can fit your muslin yourself!


Lesson 9. The New Pattern

  • Finish your new pattern by making any final adjustments, then deconstruct the muslin and add the lining pleat!

"This is one of the most clear, step-by-step video classes on fitting yourself that I've seen. I especially liked watching Pam fit herself as many of us really don't have someone else to help. I always watch an entire video class before I begin the process. I am looking forward to receiving the jacket pattern to get started. I love the additional seams she has added to the pattern and her instructions to make them are excellent. I think this would be great for the beginner as well as the more experienced viewer. I find Pam's voice to be soothing and her instructions very clear. Great job."
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