COAT ALTERATION

Coat Alteration: A well-made coat can last for a great many years; however, you may want to have the layer altered as needed to keep it in fashion. You might also have found a beautiful coat second-hand or on sale that requires alterations to fit perfectly. If you are petite or tall, broad-shouldered, or large-busted, having your coat altered can improve the fit substantially. A good tailor or seamstress can make the necessary changes to women’s jackets for a better fit, or restyle a coat for a more modern look.

COAT Navy ALTERATION

Sleeve length is one of the most common alterations for women’s coats. Petite women may need the sleeves shortened, and taller women may need them lengthened. Some sleeve alterations can manage with only basic sewing and alteration skills, but a tailor or dry cleaner can handle this alteration at a very reasonable cost. If you do opt to alter your sleeves on your own, remove the stitching joining the sleeve hem to the lining. Bring the jackets up as needed and hand stitch into place. If you are lengthening the sleeves, you may need to use a band of contrasting or closely matched fabric, as well as a narrow ribbon or trim to cover the prior hem fold.

COAT ALTERATION

Double Breasted Coat

Your coat is too long, bringing the hem up can improve the overall fit and line of the winter coat. You might also shorten the first coat to create a new, modern look. Open up the hemline, removing the stitching between the lining and the outer fabric. Measure your hem and carefully cut away the outer fabric, preserving a generous hem allowance. Fold the hem into place and press using a press cloth and steam iron—cutaway excess lining fabric and sew your hem into place by hand. The same method can be used to shorten a coat by just a few inches or more substantially.

Coat Alter

The same method can be used to shorten a coat by just a few inches or more substantially. Enter coat. You might also reduce the first coat to create a new, modern look. Open up the hemline, removing the stitching between the lining and the outer fabric. Measure your hem and carefully cut away the outer fabric, preserving a generous hem allowance. Fold the hem into place and press using a press cloth and steam iron—cutaway excess lining fabric and sew your hem into place by hand. The same method can be used to shorten a coat by just a few inches or more substantially.

COAT ALTERATION
Grey Woman Coat Alteration

More significant coat alterations can be the right choice if you have a dated but perfect quality coat. You may want to talk to a tailor about the options available or try it on your own if you are willing to experiment. Narrowing side seams, nipping in a waist, or even shaping the sides to create a fit and flared shape are all manageable alterations. Remove the lining entirely before beginning your modifications. Try your coat on inside out and pin the changes you want into place. Stitch the adjustments into place. Trace out a new lining pattern and alter the original lining or make a new one. Stitch the lining back into place.

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