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I knew she was a perfectionist, when she turned the jacket inside out and looked at the workmanship on the inside. I had shortened hundreds of Ladies Lined Jackets, and I am very proud of my own workmanship, so I had a smile on my face. She glared at me and said “I don’t want that seam to be like that on the inside of the sleeve!!!!” The smile escaped my lips, but I kept my sense of humour.
What she was referring to was the inside arm seam on the lining. This is how we get into the inside of ladies jackets. If you have a look at the inside lining on the left or right sleeve, you will see that there is a section that has been sewn down the edge keeping the seam together.
I explained to my customer, that this is how we get into the jackets to shorten sleeves, take in backs etc. She did not believe me, so I explained that if she went into any fashion store and looked inside the left or right sleeve of all lined jackets, she would notice that they were all like this. She became very upset, and because my shop was next door to a fashion store, I took her into the shop and turned the sleeve inside out of some jackets to show her that it was normal. I did offer to hand stitch the seam closed if she preferred it that way, which she insisted I do. Remember the customer is always right…………………
If you are going to alter a lined jacket, unpick this seam and pop the jacket inside out. Put your hand inside the jacket and pull one corner out first, then the opposite corner, and then the rest of the jacket. If the opening is not enough, make it bigger.
If on the other hand you are doing some alterations to the body of the jacket, make your life a little easier, and open the side seam in the body of the jacket. Do whatever needs doing, then open the sleeve opening, pull the section you unpicked through the opening in the sleeve, seam up the seam and close the lining in the sleeve.
This rule applies for ladies jackets, but for men’s jackets it’s different. Next week I will give you some tips on getting into men’s lined jackets.
Judith aka genie