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Can you loose 10 lbs just by wearing a jacket?

The answer is a resounding yes!! Well, not physically but it will look like you did!

Last week I started to talk about layering pieces and how a jacket is one of the best things you can do for your modest style. As promised, we will make a jacket, which is one of the best ways to slim you down without going to the gym. That and good undergarments, but that’s a whole other post for another time.

Fit, fit , should I say it again? Fit. It is the most important aspect of choosing a jacket. A well tailored jacket does wonders to flatter your body and amp up your look.

A well fitted jacket looks expensive and slims you down…

A well fitted jacket looks expensive and slims you down which in affect makes you look healthier. You also look more put together and professional. A tailored jacket can take ten pounds off instantly, especially around your midsection.

how to make a jacketWhen making or buying a jacket always make sure the shoulder seams sit perfectly on your shoulders. When measuring and making a pattern it’s called the ‘shoulder slope’. I well show you how to determine your shoulder slope in next week’s video. Getting this right will make all the difference in the way your jacket fits. The proportions of the jacket are important as well. Here are three additional areas to look out for when fitting your jacket.

  1. Were the waistline hits
  2. The sleeves should hit exactly at your wrist
  3. The jacket length also affects your body’s proportion and your outfit’s overall look.

Don’t worry, I will walk you through the process of fitting

We will be making V8932 jacket from Vogue patterns. I chose it because it flatters most shapes, is fairly easy to make, it has a bit of drama and you can see the results of your hard work in all the seaming.

You will need the following to make this jacket.

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  • Pattern Vogue V8932
  • 2 1/2 yards of Fabric 45″ wide or 2 yards 60″ wide (boiled wool (similar to felted wool), wool blend or heavy cotton)
  • 2 Yard Fusible Interfacing
  • Thread to match fabric
  • 5 buttons or 5 snaps (optional- I won’t be adding them)
  • 12” separating zipper (optional- I will use this as the closure for the jacket)

Tools and Equipment:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Bobbin
  • Seam Ripper
  • Straight Pins
  • Tailors Chalk (optional if you need to adjust)
  • 2” x 18” Clear Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Measuring kit

So as a recap, we went over why a tailored jacket is essential for any wardrobe and what supplies you need to make one that will fit you perfectly. If you don’t have the supplies, get them before next week so we can start on your jacket! As always if you have any questions, leave a comment below.


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