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DIY Project - Adding canvas to existing jacket

Keith Taylor

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Jul 4, 2019
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Quick question for the tailors, otherwise experienced and enthusiastic amateurs here.

I have a navy blue linen blazer with which I’ve fallen mildly in love. It’s nothing at all special, just a RTW number from Massimo Dutti, but the colour and slub of the linen speaks to me while jackets worth ten times more remain stubbornly mute.


The only problem is that the construction of this jacket is unusually soft, partly by design and partly because it’s cheap high street tat built to a budget. The chest piece is a single layer of synthetic horsehair, and the shoulder padding and sleeve wadding create a soft rolled shoulder that makes it great for casual situations but begins to look a little slovenly the moment you button it.

Today I found an old linen jacket balled up in the back of a wardrobe, an RL Polo banished for its too narrow lapels. The Polo jacket has a little more body to it, and I’m considering using it as a donor to bulk up my new favourite, cutting the chest piece to size and pad stitching it to the existing single layer of synthetic canvas in the Dutti.

Before I take the seam ripper to the Polo I’m wondering if there’s anything I’ve missed. It seems like it should be a fairly straightforward operation, but in my excitement to proceed have I missed some obvious reason why using canvas from a donor jacket is guaranteed to end up in a mess?
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Mar 17, 2008
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Given that your last name is Taylor, not Tailor, I can't imagine this will be successful.

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