- Getting Started: If this is your first time making a jacket, there's no need to be intimidated. You'll want to get some basic instruction before you set out to choose a pattern and fabric. Whether you are a beginner sewer or an experience hand, you'll always want to make a muslin of the pattern for fitting before you sew it.
- Choosing Your Pattern and Fabric: For beginners, head to a chain fabric store and settle down with the pattern books. You'll want to take into account the most flattering styles for your figure. As for fabrics, better to go with a solid color, rather than a pattern that you will have to match at the seams. If your skills are more advanced, you'll find plenty of stylish indie patterns here.
- Building Skills: Jacket-making requires specific skills and you'll find plenty of resources to give you guidance. From selecting interfacing, which reinforces the jacket, to setting the sleeve to making buttonholes and sewing buttons, it pays to take the time to learn the tricks of the trade. In particular, the pockets, whether a patch or welt or something else, are an art in and of themselves and can make the difference between a beautiful and dismal garment.
- For Further Instruction: Tailoring jackets is a lifelong learning process and can be as complicated or as easy as you choose. For more on making jackets, Jackets for Real People will give you the straightforward scoop on getting the designer look. The only way to get started is to dive in!