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  1. #1
    Join Date
    6th August 18
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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    First Jacket Conversion Results

    I, being completely new to sewing, probably oughtn't to have tried something so ambitious as a tweed jacket conversion as my first project. Where I encountered difficulty:

    1. Pockets
    These were flap style pockets with smaller flap-style pockets underneath them. I have used a seam ripper before but these were sewn on with extremely tiny and very tight stitches so that when I tried to seam rip them, I ended up ripping up just as much tweed weave as actual pocket-attaching thread. So much so that I accidentally ripped a hole (about 1/3 inch diameter) in the tweed.

    2. Cutting a straight line
    I should have known better than to trust myself with scissors. I couldn't keep the liner and outer material, two layers of each, even when cutting. As a result, sometimes the liner ended up sticking out lower than the outer and I ended up with some weird curves on the bottom hem.

    3. Hemming
    The only way I know how to hem is not the way the maker of this jacket chose to hem the rest of it, so the bottom hem looks noticeably different from the rest of the jacket.

    4. Curious construction
    So under the pockets on each side were tiny panels of shiny liner material that seemed to serve no purpose but to connect two separate panels of tweed outer together. Once I took the pockets and shiny liner off, I had two freely-flapping panels of tweed outer connected only at the sides of the jacket and not to the front. My problem only became worse when I started cutting the waistline down and cut through the seam holding them on at the sides and that started to unravel, too.

    So because of all that, the bottom of the jacket now looks like a complete mess. I'm hesitant to try again.
    Clans: Armstrong and Guthrie on Father's side.
    Other heritage: Mostly German and some Polish on Mother's side.
    Kilts: One badly-sewn Armstrong modern budget kilt.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    3rd June 15
    Melbourne Australia
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    Brilliant !!!
    Good on ya for trying,

    Go to the op shop (goodwill) and get a few more cheap jackets that fit through the shoulders and chest.


    All those little bits of fabric that shine, or are rough, seem to stick to fabric or have glue on them, donít match, and those stitches inside
    do have a construction purpose.

    Waste some time using Dr Google & YouTube to learn about menís jacket construction. Then some of those weird bits floating around on the inside will start to make sense and less swearing -may- ensue.

    And pictures!
    Post pictures of each stage and ask for help.

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