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ca_ca_im_a_seagull14
« on: November 27, 2007 02:26:19 PM »

so i have this AMAZING jacket that's gynormous on me:

and i want to make it like this

i already took the arms off because thats the only possible way to change the button line, right? without the armpit being in a weird spot? i just dont know how to tackle making it fit, and making it a-lined...
suggestions??
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2007 03:37:20 PM »

i already took the arms off because thats the only possible way to change the button line, right? without the armpit being in a weird spot? i just dont know how to tackle making it fit, and making it a-lined...
suggestions??

yeah, i would think it might be easiest to go ahead and take all the pieces apart and then cut them to the shape you want before sewing them back together. pretty much as if you were sewing from scratch with a pattern. just use the existing jacket to cut out your "pattern" pieces. it would be a lot of work, but i'd think it'd be worth it. but then again, i'm not a terribly frequent reconstructer of existing garments. so my ideas may be really different from what others who do revamps more often would suggest.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007 09:27:35 PM »

I'll offer what I might do...

Are there pockets or is that just a seam?
I guess it really doesn't matter cause you can't preserve them and take in the side seam too. You can always add pockets after you get the coat resized.

Is there a lining?

You could move those buttons from the side to the front for the double breasted effect. And remember you may not be taking it in as much as you may think if you are going to stick with the double breasted style. Or are you just showing that pic for the A line part?

I think I would have left the sleeves... that's because it would be easier for me to alter that seam from the sleeves through the underarm and down to the body. It's easier to do that than to replace sleeves and have them fit right cause you are going to be taking in the side seam and the sleeve separately then putting them back together. If you take them both in in one seam then they HAVE to fit each other. See?

You should have no trouble getting the A line shape. It's one of the easiest shapes to acomplish. Lay it out flat, eyeball it in relation to the picture you have there and your body and mark it. Mark it by laying it on the floor so you can look down on it. Use something like skinny strips of black fabric or cord or something. Lay it down on the coat then look at it from above.

Or...
Turn it inside out and put it on. Take pins and start pinning it and do that till you like the way it feels when you walk around. Remember that the underarm seam will be bunchy when you pin it (be careful with pins in the underarm) so until it gets sewn and then trimmed you will have to judge how much to take in and trim off... You could even trim some of it, pin it and then do that gradually till you can tell how much to take in...

Remember to be careful not to trim too much. You can always take more off. It's real hard to put some back Wink

When you do get the seams where you want them use a good overcast stitch or a straight stitch then a zig zag stitch right next to, or just barely catching that. That will make for a nice flat and strong seam.

Remember... Only trim the access of the seam all the way off when you have finally gotten the fit that you want. Press the seam flat and you will be very happy with your new garment..

That's a kick ass coat. I know you will make it look good.

I hope this helps some
Good luck
Maxine
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 10:45:51 AM »

i love you.
yeah the seam has like hidden pockets in it, and i would love to keep that seam the way it is, but its basically impossible... will the seam look weird, like not straight after i make it fit..? no i doubt it will be visible with the double breasted closing. it has a silk lining and that might make it a little bit of a problem. its just sooo much excess fabric i'm afraid to tackle the project. but i'm determined now. yesss!
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MaxineBrandywine
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 03:27:11 PM »

I love to help...

ok, I'm not a big lining person but I am a big fan of "rule number one is, there re no rules" The reasom that's a good thing is because I could care less what the proper way would be to remove the lining, alter the garment and then replace the lining.

Here's what I would do.

IF and I stress IF... the lining is nice and roomy. In other words, if it isn't too tight already to the garment and there's room for working with it then I would remove it altogether and alter the garment and then sew it back in. I would actually cut it out of the coat. It's freaky to do that but i did it with a lined denim jacket and it came out nice.  The lining was very roomy so there was a lot of fabric to work with. I'm pretty sure this would be a must... Also I'm just thinking, if you can see where the seams are that hold the lining, perhaps you could cut those stitches and remove it that way. I can't see it so I don't know.

As for the pockets, if they are in the seams then I don't see why you can't re-create them after alteration. OR... you could add patch pockets with buttons and things made with the fabric you took out of the sides. There should be plenty.

I have to go eat dinner...
When I'm through, I'll come back and add more info

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Maxine
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