How to Make a Simple Jacket: Explained in 10 Easy Steps by a Pro Tailor

how to make a jacket

It might be hard for you to sew a jacket all by yourself for the first time. But all you need is a sewing machine, some time in your hand, and a few techniques to follow. With practice, making jackets and coats will no longer look like such a big deal to you even if you start from scratch.

You could also fear that the end product will look homemade. To keep you worry-free, here we will show you the tricks to make a jacket look high-end.

How to Make a Jacket

1. Choose The Pattern & Fabric

According to your sewing ability, body shape and preference, you need to select a pattern first. Collarless jackets, for example the chic chanel style, give older women younger looks and younger women a sophisticated appearance. If you work accordingly, it isn’t too difficult to make a good-looking jacket with ideally symmetrical lapels and a collar.

If you are a complete amateur, you should pick an easy-fit and simple pattern for your first try. You can concentrate more on techniques and worry less about fitting. A jacket with less panels will be easy to sew and enrich your skills gradually.

If it’s going to be your first own sewn jacket, you should pick plain natural fabric, such as wool and wool mix. Though polyester fabric costs less but it’s difficult to manage and fix minor errors. Natural fabrics move less and easily stay in place.

If your used fabric is too thin and weightless, hand sewn hems and seam ridges may be seen from the outside of your jacket. On the other hand, if it is too thick, you may have to struggle with thick layers and you won’t get sharp and neat lapels and collar points. So, you should choose a cloth of medium weight and thickness.

Chunky-woven tweed is perfect for making a Chanel-style jacket. This is because when sewing the lining in, the stitches will become very obvious in between the threads. 

2. Prepare Necessary Materials

You need to get a few more things apart from fabrics before you can start your project. Collect all the things mentioned below before you start.

  • Matching colored thread with fabric
  • Scissors sharp enough to cut the fabric
  • Measurement scale or tape
  • Pins to lock the pieces together
  • Colorful chalks to draw outlines or marks that should be clearly visible on the fabric color
  • Interfacing to go in the middle of two layers
  • Buttons or a zipper

3. Create The Lining

Create the lining for the edges or curves wherever needed.

4. Cut Your Fabric and Interfacing

  • You need to make pattern pieces before you cut the fabric. Use a measurement scale or tape to measure the sizes to make the shape accurate. Draw the pattern using chalks according to your selected design on a sheet and then cut and label them.
  • Lay the fabric in a single layer. Cutting layout in a single-layer can save a lot of fabric by reducing the amount of wastage. Your fabric grain can be matched perfectly if you cut a single piece of the layout at a time.
  • Pin up your fabric along with the pattern pieces on top to hold them in place tightly. To avoid damage to the fabric, place the pins near edges. You can use weights or binder clips instead of pins if the material of your fabric is especially delicate.
  • Now cut the fabric following the shape of pattern pieces. Make sure that you cut right along the edges, not to deviate too far from the border or towards the inside direction.
  • Cut interfacing following the same way using pattern pieces.

 

5. Assemble The Lining

Put the lining pieces in place and stitch them together. Apply them to the facings of interfacing that are to be joined. Keep 1-inch intervals and clip to the stay stitching.

6. Sew The Pieces

Attach the fabric pieces with interfacing. First you should sew back together with side-back ones and front with side-front pieces. Then sew the back to the front at the side seams and shoulders. Try to go along the edges, keeping a constant distance everywhere.

In two-piece sleeves, the upper sleeve has to be a bit longer compared to the undersleeve that creates a natural curve to the completed sleeve.

7. Add a Closure

Install a zipper or buttons as per the requirement of your design.

8. Press the Seams

For a neat finish, you should press the seams to flatten them. Press over a ham. The curve surface will ensure the curved or slightly curved seams lie smooth and look beautiful.

Place a towel over the fabric so the iron doesn’t touch it directly and excessive heat doesn’t cause any damage to it. You can use just the iron’s tip too when you need to press within a congested area, like at the joints of finished sleeves.

9. Add Shoulder Pads

A thin shoulder pad helps fill in the hollow space of the upper chest. It also allows the jacket back and front to hang smoothly without adding any bulk.

If your design requires shoulder pads, you need to include one. If not, you should alter both the back and front jacket pieces and then adjust the sleeve cap to fit it correctly.

10. The Finishing Touch

Trim off any extra seams or loose threads, especially near the sleeves. This will make your movement more comfortable. You can also hem the sleeves as well as all the cut edges of the fabric if this is not done already. This will let the cut edges to hide.

If you are a beginner, don't try to sew a leather jacket at first. Go for fabric as a starter. Now you can create your own DIY jacket at home following these 10 simple steps! The method is the same for both women’s or men’s jackets.

FAQ:

  1. How long do you need to sew a jacket?
Ans: It may take a couple of hours to even a whole day depending on three variables - your sewing skill, work speed, and how many breaks you take during the entire process.

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