Pam W. Howard

Jacket Fitting Techniques

Pam W. Howard
  • In-depth Instruction; over 199 mins
  • On-demand video access anytime
  • Bonus downloadable PDF resources
  • Access to class Q&A
Meet instructor Pam Howard, get an overview of the jacket pattern you'll be using and take your body measurements!
Look at the paper pattern pieces in detail and learn how to make any adjustments you'll need, such as lengthening.
Lay your paper pieces onto muslin and get tips on tracing, cutting out and marking each section!
Sew your new muslin pieces together and learn how to expertly construct the sleeve and sleeve cap.
Drape your muslin onto a dress form and learn how to adjust for the perfect fit!
Take your muslin pattern back to the sewing machine, and baste in the changes made during the drape-fitting process.
Pin your two-piece sleeves together and learn how to perfectly set them, making any fixes before checking them back on the dress form.
Don't have a dress form of yourself and don't have a fitting buddy? Let Pam teach you how you can fit your muslin yourself!
Finish your new pattern by making any final adjustments, then deconstruct the muslin and add the lining pleat!
9 Lessons
3  hrs 19  mins

Customize a jacket pattern to show off your figure and your sewing skills! Sewing sage Pam Howard shows you how to make a blazer that fits perfectly using precise measurements, dart manipulation, slash and pivot techniques, and seam placement adjustments to personalize your pattern. You’ll assemble your muslin body and sleeves, and learn to drape-fit the muslin to diagnose fitting problems and pin out adjustments. With your adjustments sewn, you’ll set in the sleeves with Pam’s helpful tips, and check the fit once more. Then, Pam will help you deconstruct your muslin to create a personalized pattern for a jacket that’s as one-of-a-kind as you are. Plus, you’ll even discover Pam’s techniques for fitting yourself, no partner required!

Important Pattern Information

The sewing pattern on which this class is based — McCall’s 6172 — is not included with your purchase and may be out of print — check with online retailers. This class is rich in essential sewing techniques, so if the pattern is out of print, we encourage you to look for an alternative pattern with similar style details. You might also be able to find the original pattern through a private reseller.

Pam W. Howard

Pam Howard, owner of Pamela's Closet, Inc., teaches intermediate to advanced clothing construction, specializing in precision sewing, tailoring and couture techniques. Pam has been sewing since she was 14 years old, originally taught by two neighbors in her hometown in Virginia. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild (Atlanta Chapter), and has taught at five national ASG conventions and at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expos in Atlanta, Kansas City, Chicago, Minneapolis and the Washington, D.C., area. In 2005, Pam launched her own sewing retreats, Tailoring Boot Camp, held at a bed-and-breakfast in Georgia. In addition to teaching, she tests patterns for the Threads magazine Pattern Review column and was a guest on DIY's Sew Much More, hosted by Susan Khalje.

Pam W. Howard

Bonus materials available after purchase