I wasn't that excited at first - the idea of tearing into pieces a tailored jacket wasn't high on my list of favourites - but I need to admit I've changed my mind as soon as I started the process. It is time consuming, but like all things we have a passion for, it got me completely. I found myself cutting through paddings, linings and pockets, literally craving for more details and interesting ideas.
I ended up with sleeves looking like fabric patterns of a tailored jacket, padding and interfacings barely recognisable and a more than ever vivid interest in the art of tailoring.
I thought you might be interested in how a jacket is on the inside, under the lining that covers all the magic happening underneath; so here is a short visual reportage of my "findings".
So this is how the jacket was before the process...
Inside pocket and lining visible here.
This jacket had just one central vent. You can also find jackets with two vents or with no vents at all. The positioning of a vent on a jacket helps the tailor to give the perfect fit to the jacket and to allow freedom of movements.
Front darts visible in this picture.
Lapel seen from the "other" side: it's made of felted fabric, which helps the collar to hold its shape and have more structure.
What's on the shoulder, underneath the lining.
The sleeve is made up of two separated patterns.
Bodice patterns (Front).
Front dart on main bodice shown from the inside. The darts help create the curves that allow the garments to fit on our bodies.
Have you ever wondered "what's inside" a tailored jacket or - more generally - your garments?? I think it's really fascinating to know how a garment is constructed.