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Date: 2/25/14 5:18 PM

I just bought a stunning Jaeger pure wool coat from a charity shop that I fell in love with the colour, fabric, label and bargain price....but it's a size too big. How do I go about making it smaller without destroying the beautiful fabric or lining? Can this be done with a standard sewing machine being driven by a relatively new sewer? Any suggestions gratefully received please.
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Date: 2/25/14 5:38 PM

A lot depends on the style of the coat and where you need alterations. In the US, it would cost more than you spent on the coat to have a tailor alter it.

You might consider taking Angela Wolf's class Altering A Jacket. The areas needed to be altered would be similar plus length. She's also really great at giving individual attention if you post photos.

This could be a real project. So go slowly and carefully. If not a class, then arm yourself with lots of tailoring and fitting references.

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Date: 2/25/14 5:38 PM

I suppose it depends a lot on how it's constructed. That said, I've been sewing for many years and I don't think I'd tackle such a job. But maybe I'm a coward...
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Subject: Topic moved Date: 2/25/14 5:58 PM

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Date: 2/25/14 6:03 PM

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I suppose it depends a lot on how it's constructed. That said, I've been sewing for many years and I don't think I'd tackle such a job. But maybe I'm a coward...

Not for the faint of heart, to be sure. And, it is more than I would want to undertake.

That said, it is remarkable what a person can do when they set their mind to a task and take it step by step. It really depends on what one's general personality is for taking on the big tasks and how adventuresome and problem solving oriented they are. It can be done, but is no small task.

So, to,our OP, be forewarned.

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Date: 2/26/14 3:25 PM

Thanks to you all for your great responses. I think I may just hold off from tackling this until I have mastered a few more skills then ;), it's too beautiful an item to trash on my first big project!. That said, although I am a novice, I am pretty determined so when the time is right, I will take it slow and let you all know how it went. Watch this space....
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