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Jacket Fitting Techniques

with Pam Howard
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 to show off your figure and your sewing skills! Sewing sage Pam Howard shows you how to make a blazer that fits perfectly using precise measurements, dart manipulation, slash and pivot techniques, and seam placement adjustments to personalize your 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


Lesson 3. Transferring the Pattern onto Muslin


Lesson 4. Assembling the Muslin


Lesson 5. The Drape-Fitting Process


Lesson 6. Rebasting the Muslin


Lesson 7. Fitting the Sleeve


Lesson 8. Fitting Yourself


Lesson 9. The New Pattern

"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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