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Patternmaking Essentials: The Tailored Jacket

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Turn your bodice sloper into a perfectly customized tailored jacket pattern. Discover highly sought-after techniques for drafting a classic design.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Oticca Beamer
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Discover how to make a jacket pattern that's ready to cut and sew with guidance from expert patternmaker Oticca Beamer! Begin by transforming a bodice sloper you already have into a custom jacket sloper by adding ease in all the right places. As you draft, Oticca will teach you how to true the pieces so they'll sew together perfectly. You'll then use your jacket sloper to design a tailored jacket pattern, incorporating designs for the lapel and button extension. Continue creating essential front pieces with an upper and undercollar, flattering princess seams and tips for pocket placement. Next, add stability by making facing and lining pieces. Move on to designing the back pattern piece by adding a neck facing and a lining pattern with jump and back pleats. Finish your pattern by drafting a two-piece sleeve, truing the inner and outer sleeve pieces and creating a sleeve lining.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Drafting the Jacket Back Sloper
Meet your instructor, Oticca Beamer, and start learning how to draft a jacket sloper from your own bodice sloper. Then you'll add ease to the bodice sloper back for the room you'll need in a jacket. Finally, measure the neck and armhole and learn how to relocate the back armhole notch.
2. Drafting the Jacket Front & Sleeve Sloper
3. Designing the Lapel
4. Designing the Collar
5. Designing the Front
6. Designing the Back
7. Designing the Sleeve

Recommended with this class

  • Bodice sloper
  • Sleeve sloper

Taught by

Oticca Beamer
Oticca Beamer
Oticca Beamer has more than 45 years of fashion garment sewing experience and has been designing flat patterns since 1986. She recently retired from her pattern design company, but still teaches pattern design classes, holds private group workshops and drafts new garments for her wardrobe.

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