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Modern Jacket Techniques

with Pam Howard
Modern Jacket Techniques
Sew high-end jackets like a professional. Learn streamlined construction and ready-to-wear finishing techniques to sew your most refined jackets faster than ever.

Learn how to sew a jacket of superior quality in less time with sought-after sewing instructor Pam Howard. Learn how to pick out jacket patterns, choose and handle jacket fabric, work with the right fusible interfacings and prepare your pattern pieces for efficient sewing. Then, create your best, most accurate welt pockets. Skillfully set in sleeves with mitered vents and add structure with shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Sew your undercollar, upper collar and jacket facings with confidence. Install and finish your jacket lining with a center-back ease pleat and jump hem for wonderful ease of movement. Finish your work beautifully with topstitching, perfectly spaced buttonholes and buttons, and smooth hems. Upgrade your skills to sew event-ready jackets in less time.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction: Recommended Fabrics & Tailoring

  • Meet your instructor, designer and sewing coach Pam Howard, and learn more about the techniques covered in your class. Pam will go over the features of streamlined ready-to-wear style jacket construction and discuss choices of fabric and interfacing. She'll also show you how to prepare your pattern and fabric pieces for sewing.


Lesson 2. Welt Pockets

  • Get started sewing your classic jacket by constructing your best, most accurate welt pockets. In the process, Pam shares tips for adjusting a pattern for a better pocket fit. Learn how to make the pocket flap, mark and sew the welt and attach the pocket bag.


Lesson 3. Setting In Sleeves

  • Gain from Pam's experience in menswear tailoring as you learn how to easily and efficiently set in a sleeve the first time.


Lesson 4. Installing Shoulder Pads

  • Tailored jackets gain structure from shoulder pads and sleeve heads. Pam discusses how you can choose shoulder pads based on the look you want, then walks you through the process of installing pads and sleeve heads. You'll also learn how to sew a professional mitered corner to finish your sleeve vents.


Lesson 5. Collars & Neck Facings

  • Get a truly professional look by using Pam's streamlined techniques for installing the undercollar and upper collar and attaching the jacket facings with a clean finish. Understitching holds it all in place.


Lesson 6. Jacket Lining

  • If linings make you nervous, just remember that they mirror what you've just sewn on the jacket. Pam shows how to prepare your jacket lining and how to create a center-back ease pleat before sewing the lining into the jacket.


Lesson 7. Lining Finishing Techniques

  • Finish up the lining and attach it to your hem with a fell stitch. Learn to create a jump hem to give you freedom of movement without allowing the lining to show below your hem.


Lesson 8. Jacket Finishing Techniques

  • Your jacket is nearly done! Pam discusses the final finishing touches, from buttons and buttonhole placement to edgestitching and topstitching, that set designer ready-to-wear apart. Attach the lining at your cuffs and give the jacket a final press. You're ready to wear it with pride!

Praise for Pam Howard's Jacket Fitting Techniques:

"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 love the additional seams she has added to the pattern and her instructions to make them are excellent."
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