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Tailoring Ready-to-Wear: The Jacket

with Angela Wolf
Master jacket-tailoring techniques and make fit issues disappear. Reshape shoulders, busts and waists as you alter jackets for the best possible look.

Upgrade ready-to-wear and home-sewn jackets with tailoring lessons from alterations expert Angela Wolf. Discover the secrets of ready-to-wear jacket construction as you go inside the seams, and find out how to tell whether or not a jacket can be altered. Use the petite adjustment to remove side-seam wrinkles. Raise shoulders for perfect seam placement and jacket sleeves for a better fit through the arms. Take in side seams, center-back and princess seams for a better fit and a slenderizing look. Hem lined jackets from the bottom for the length you want. Plus, hem sleeves from the shoulder to preserve buttonholes or embroidery decorations. Get comfortable identifying fit issues and tailoring jackets to look and feel custom-made.

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Lesson 1. Altering Jackets

  • Meet your instructor, Angela Wolf, and learn more about the tailoring skills covered in your class. If you're looking to go into the alterations business, Angela offers tips throughout.


Lesson 2. Inside the Jacket


Lesson 3. Jacket Fitting


Lesson 4. Raising Jacket Shoulders


Lesson 5. Hemming a Jacket Sleeve


Lesson 6. Hemming a Lined Jacket

"Highly recommended for medium to experienced sewers, and as a follow-up of Angela's previous classes, which I haven't taken yet. A great course if you're into repurposing old garments and reinventing or personalizing those unique thrift shop or rare discount-aisle finds! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this course (...) The sections on hemming from the shoulder and all of Angela's shortcuts for making custom pattern sections where you would want to recreate a specific curve (or angle) were invaluable to me! "
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