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I need to take two jackets to make into one larger size jacket.  The problem is the bust line.  I need to add about 5 inches to the bust line to make this jacket fit/close.    Where do I start.  It is a simply made jacket with a center back, side front and side back.  Can you help me take on this challenge?

Hi Hilda,

You have two options for this project, depending on your sewing/pattern drafting skills.

If you're very comfortable taking the jacket apart, then you could try to add a full bust adjustment to the front bodice pieces. There are many video tutorials online for you to consult, and there might even be one for adding a FBA to a jacket.

Otherwise, you could simply add two panels to the centre front of your jacket and attach your closure to those panels. It wouldn't be as shapely, but you could probably adjust the panels to taper around the bust.

Happy Sewing!



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I can answer many questions related to craft sewing, fashion design, pattern drafting, clothing alterations, clothing repair, and simple home decor sewing projects. I can not answer question about machine repair/maintenance, quilting, knitting, embroidery or needlepoint.


I have been designing and sewing clothing and accessories professionally since 2003. I have two years of experience teaching basic machine sewing classes for adults. I have experience altering clothing and drafting sewing patterns for women's wear. Currently I own a retail shop with a sewing studio, where I design and produce my line of women's wear, and also offer custom sewing to clients.

Although I'm mostly self taught, I have taken some advanced online pattern drafting and clothing alterations classes. Of course, nothing beats actual hands on work, and I have over ten years of experience in professional sewing and fashion design.

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