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Jacket Fitting Techniques

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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!

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials and McCalls 6172 (mailed separately)
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Pam Howard
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find class materials in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Meet Pam Howard
Meet instructor Pam Howard, get an overview of the jacket pattern you'll be using and take your body measurements!
2. Preparing the Pattern Pieces
3. Transferring the Pattern onto Muslin
4. Assembling the Muslin
5. The Drape-Fitting Process
6. Rebasting the Muslin
7. Fitting the Sleeve
8. Fitting Yourself
9. The New Pattern

Additional Supplies Needed

  • McCall's 6172 (included with the class)
  • 4 yards (2.7 m) medium-weight cotton muslin

Taught by

Pam W. Howard
Pam W. Howard
Pam Howard, owner of Pamela's Closet, Inc., teaches intermediate to advanced clothing construction, specializing in precision sewing, tailoring and couture techniques. Pam has been sewing since she was 14 years old, originally taught by two neighbors in her hometown in Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild (Atlanta Chapter), and has taught at five national ASG conventions and at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos in Atlanta, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and the Washington, D.C., area. In 2005, Pam launched her own sewing retreats, Tailoring Boot Camp, held at a bed-and-breakfast in Georgia. In addition to teaching, she tests patterns for the Threads magazine Pattern Review column and was a guest on DIY's Sew Much More, hosted by Susan Khalje.
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