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Topic: Altering (taking in) blazers/jackets  (Read 582 times)
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« on: September 24, 2005 11:25:54 PM »

I searched the archive but didnt find exactly what I am looking for so bear with me if this is a repeat.

I bought this kick ass suit jacket from a department store today. But its a little boxy for my taste. there is a seam down the back and I know tailors will take in a back seam as opposed to taking in a side seam.

PROBLEM: I would really prefer not to cut the lining. I guess I could take it half off and then re attach it but thats alot of work for a 17$ jacket. so any ideas?

REAL QUESTION: does anyone know how tailors go about taking in jackets with lining? like what the "professional" way? and is that the most efficent? has anyone done this? and who is the leader of chile? (ok that isnt a craft related question I just wanted to have five questions)
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2005 06:37:58 AM »

I don't know what tailors do, but I have altered several jackets by opening out the lining and taking in the back seam.  It's a quick and dirty fix that's not perfect but is better than boxy!  I use a seam ripper to detach the lining from the jacket on the bottom about three inches on either side of the back seam (depending on how much you need to take in).  You just need to be able to get in there and tighten the seam.  Once you've done that, just re-sew the lining (by hand).  The lining won't look as good, but that's why it's on the inside.  I usually don't bother to alter the lining, unless the jacket fabric is super thin and will show that the lining doesn't fit perfectly.

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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2005 02:20:17 PM »

Just knowing someone has tried it makes me feel better. you are right..I dont care how the lining looks. THank you thank you thank you
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2005 02:32:24 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2005 07:28:59 AM »

When you've got the lining detached to alter the jacket, just take the same amount in the center back seam of the lining.  If there is no center back seam, take it in like a dart.  As long as you're doing all this work, you may as well improve the lining too.


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