Vintage Jacket Alteration.

Sometimes one gets carried away with a good idea, not realizing where it’ll eventually lead you.

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Last year, as the business geared itself towards alterations, I decided to use some otherwise pretty useless clothes as both practice and demonstration. I can definitely say that through a combination of HUNDREDS of alteration jobs for clients, and these practice pieces, I’ve come to know more of the limits of clothes than ever before.

We started out with a pair of trousers, and then tackled a shirt, but I was hungry for a real challenge!!

The first thing I learned from doing these alterations is that yes, there is a limit to what can be achieved. Although Jedi skills can make the most insane of alterations feasible, the damage to the structural integrity of the garment isn’t always worth it.

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This jacket was so over-sized for Antonio that it required entirely re-working the side back seams, bringing them dangerously close to the pocket slit.

The second, and possible more important, thing I learned is that I need to carve out more time for these kinds of projects within the work week.

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Unless I experiment like this I won’t know where the limits are (for example I don’t think I’ll ever alter the front darts of a jacket again). Yet this alteration took me, I exaggerate not, an entire year :'(

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In the last few weeks of business for 2017 I honestly just threw the bloody thing back together and called it a day, refusing to carry an alteration over two years! Ultimately the sleeves could have done with a bit more work, and I should have re-made the shoulder pads.

Despite all that I can’t say I’m not proud of taking this jacket from what it was to what it is!

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