A client recently requested that I shorten the sleeves on a faux leather jacket. In all, I needed to remove about 3″ from the length. Making these sorts of alterations on a lined garment presents some challenges. Since the original construction of the jacket involved stitching the lining to the cuff before the rest of the lining was attached, it is often tricky to modify the cuff and maintain a somewhat original finish. With most alterations of this nature, my goal is always to leave the least sign that I’ve done something. Too often I see botched jobs where care has not been taken to preserve original finishing.
A visual look at the steps involved:
Part of what I love about my job(s) is the feeling of Ah-ha! when you’ve reverse engineered a project and achieved an end product that looks good and functions as intended. Not to mention when I can make something more flattering/useful/awesome than it was and make my clients happy….