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Video: How I made a tailored jacket

So what is it really like to make a tailored jacket when one does have minimal experience in the area? Well, in today’s video I share all the nitty gritty behind-the-scenes stuff, including the emotional roller-coaster I was on at times, with some self-doubt and mishaps. I hope you enjoy this longer format video, it is similar to my wrap-dress video, i.e. partly an instructional sewing tutorial and partly a raw honest sewing vlog.

I should also say that in hindsight I’m way too hard on myself in the video and when I look at the end result, I’m very happy with my jacket. But it is just so hard to have that distance when I’m in the midst of a project, especially since some things didn’t go as I had planned plus I was sewing late at night too. Hope you understand where I am coming from!

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I have really tried to condense as much info as I can in the video, but of course, there are more things that go into sewing a jacket, and I will blog more about the project in the upcoming weeks. Plus you can already check out my tutorial on How to sew bound buttonholes on a tailored jacket.

Plus my next livestream (29th April) will also be on this topic

Things mentioned in the video

Vilene/Vlieseline fusible H 410 interfacing with stabilizing vertical threads
(Amazon affiliate link)

Vintage Couture Tailoring Book  (Amazon affiliate link)

Burdastyle double breasted jacket

Bagging tutorials for lining a tailored jacket

Threads: Bag your jacket lining

Fashion Incubator Bagging tutorial

How to sew bluff pockets on a tailored jacket

Machine sewed bluff pockets

My patch pocket tutorial from 2008 (using the bluff lining technique)

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    April 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Enjoyed your video. This jacket looks terrific. The tailoring book by Thomas Van Nordheim is excellent. I have the book and use it regularly. That said, I am more like you and prefer to use quick rtw tailoring methods of fusibles, machine stitching and minimal hand stitching. I am going to make a jacket for fall and try to bag the lining, i am so tired of hand stitching it. What I am going to pick at some point are dvd’s by Ron Collin’s on menswear (he machine stitches everything) and dvd’s and some books by Kenneth D King.

    I am also going to do something that most home sewers rarely due, design my fall 2018 wardrobe using fabric and pieces and a review of what is current for menswear. I have navy wool crepe fabric and plaids. I use to really love Jill Sander’s menwear when she designed, not as much any more, Cinque and Hugo by boss were also favorites. Now, instead of buying expensive designer rtw, i prefer to make it at home.

    I previously commented that you should use this jacket as a jumping point for putting together your Fall/Winter 2018 Collection. Trouser’s, skirts and shirts etc everything centered around your tailored jacket.

    Again, great job and video

    • Johanna
      April 16, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Thank you for suggesting the book, I truly love it and gives me something to aspire too. I was especially intrigued by the use of padding to adjust asymmetries and such, a suit jacket can be almost like a superhero costume! Good luck with the bagging, it really makes things nicer. Next time I bag jacket I will do a tutorial too, as I’m starting to feel somewhat comfortable using this method.

      You fall project sounds fantastic, I too used to be a big Jil Sander fan and being able to recreate those looks for a fraction of the cost would be amazing. Isn’t sewing fantastic! I will take your suggestion into consideration, but probably more for 2019 since I plan to focus more on knits now for a bit!

  • Kerstin Shadbolt
    April 15, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing your latest tailoring experience. I’ll be watching it several times, as you have included so many tutorial elements it’s impossible to take it all in at a single viewing.
    A fantastic video sharing your sewing passion.

    • Johanna
      April 16, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Thank you! Yes it did become quite an information-packed video, so many things that go into making a tailored jacket. 🙂 But also so fascinating and working with wool is fantastic, plus so forgiving when one does mistakes!

  • Faye Lewis
    April 16, 2018 at 12:35 am

    I enjoyed your video too and love your tailored jacket!

  • Esther
    April 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Your jacket is terrific and the video is great! I definitely want to make a jacket or coat bagging the lining, but I will leave that for next fall, it’s full spring here!!

    • Johanna
      April 18, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      I can highly recommend this method! Now I love a little hand sewing but for lining I prefer this method hands down plus it looks so professional on the inside. I think you will really like it too!


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