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single breasted to double breasted

eauinaz7's picture

I have a nice jacket--Armani from an outlet--but I've lost some weight and it's way too baggy. Funny how I lose the weight in the bust area. Anyway would it work to alter this jacket to make it double breasted by putting a button on the inside of the lapel facing and make a buttonhole on the opposite side?

MeM's picture

(post #28829, reply #1 of 4)

I dont think so as the center front would nt be  at the center any more .

Teaf5's picture

(post #28829, reply #2 of 4)

I agree that converting a single- to double-breasted jacket front probably won't work, mainly because the neckline and/or collar won't come out right. On a double-breasted jacket, the neckline makes a U indent near the middle of both the the overlapping and underlapping fronts; on your jacket, a quarter circle neckline nicks the edge of each panel. When your jacket is closed, these two quarter circles make a full U.

However, if you pull each half over to make a double-breasted front, you'll end up with no U in the middle for a neckline; instead you'll have quarter circles out by your shoulders--probably not attractive or comfortable.

Instead, maybe you could fold open each side (revealing beautiful fabric as a lapel) and wear it as a wrapped jacket with a contrasting belt? Belted jackets are fashionable right now, although they generally are undersized to begin with. If your jacket is old enough to have significant shoulder padding and boxy shaping, this solution probably won't work, either.

It's sad when a triumph in losing weight means losing the chance to wear a beautiful piece, but maybe it's also a reason to reward yourself with another beautiful piece that fits your new trimmer body. Congratulations on your success in the most important kind of downsizing!

sewpro's picture

(post #28829, reply #3 of 4)

I have had great success in turning a single breasted jacket into a double breasted one. It is the simplest solution if you don't want the headache of major alterations. Just move the buttons over(you now have a new center front)and add a second row. Good luck!

suesew's picture

(post #28829, reply #4 of 4)

I have also done this with some success. It may bring your side seams forward a bit. It is especially successful on some one who is wide across the back.