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    So You Can Alter Your Jacket. But How?

    I need to alter my jacket so that it fits better. I am tall but skinny so there's a problem of too much target area around my torso. I'm a foil fencer. I searched the threads and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.
    The question is for those of you who sew. How do you actually sew it up? I'm thinking about either taking in the sides, or making darts in the back.
    Also my lame is a little too bulky.

    Any advice is appreciated.

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    You might send a private message to Ye Olde Armourer; he and his family's company do great work.

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    You go buy a tighter-fitting lamé.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oiuyt View Post
    You go buy a tighter-fitting lamé.

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    haha.

    these threads are not helpful.

    so go get new threads.
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    take it to a tailor.
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    Well, I don't have time to take it to a tailor. Got a competition coming up too soon for that. Any other advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Applesauce and Foils View Post
    Well, I don't have time to take it to a tailor. Got a competition coming up too soon for that. Any other advice?
    Suck it up and use the ill-fitting kit for this competition and then get it altered.

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    Take it to a tailor, let them custom fit it to you as you would like it to fit.

    Yes, it cost a little money, yet you really will be happy with the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Applesauce and Foils View Post
    I need to alter my jacket so that it fits better. I am tall but skinny so there's a problem of too much target area around my torso. I'm a foil fencer. I searched the threads and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.
    The question is for those of you who sew. How do you actually sew it up? I'm thinking about either taking in the sides, or making darts in the back.
    Also my lame is a little too bulky.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Oh, yeah, this is my first post. Hi y'all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Applesauce and Foils View Post
    Well, I don't have time to take it to a tailor. Got a competition coming up too soon for that. Any other advice?
    Sit on the couch eating potato chips until the competition. Also, larger parries at the comptition and after, take it to a tailor.
    I'm a foil fencer, and I can change, if I have to, I guess.

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    Ha ha, maybe some french onion dip too, huh?

    Thanks for your help everybody!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Applesauce and Foils View Post
    Ha ha, maybe some french onion dip too, huh?

    Thanks for your help everybody!
    Good luck at the competition.

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    I would recommed turing the jacket inside out and putting it on then have someone else pin it up where it is to big. Most likely it will be a combination of darts in the back and taking in the sides a bit to get a fit you are happy with.The hard part is that the jackets have multiple layers of fabric and each will need to be adjusted. The reason for putting it on inside out is to have the pins in place where you will need to make the adjustments... you can put it one the reular way and pin it from the outside, but you will have to move them to the inside for sewing... an extra step that allows for errors. Be sure you use a strong thread for the seams. If your jacket material has any stretch in it you will want to use a stitch that has some stretch to it as well.
    Good luck!

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    Don't forget the rules about a "straight edge" if you alter your lame.

    "Straight Edge" lame enforcement at Sum Nats?

    Granted it sounds like it will rarely come up. I've never seen it before....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbugiii View Post
    I would recommed turing the jacket inside out and putting it on then have someone else pin it up where it is to big. Most likely it will be a combination of darts in the back and taking in the sides a bit to get a fit you are happy with.The hard part is that the jackets have multiple layers of fabric and each will need to be adjusted. The reason for putting it on inside out is to have the pins in place where you will need to make the adjustments... you can put it one the reular way and pin it from the outside, but you will have to move them to the inside for sewing... an extra step that allows for errors. Be sure you use a strong thread for the seams. If your jacket material has any stretch in it you will want to use a stitch that has some stretch to it as well.
    Good luck!
    Thanks for the very helpful instructions! I'll try it!
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    Thanks, bbugiii, that worked. My jacket fits much better now. And thanks to everyone else for their suggestions, too!
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    Adjusting Lame

    Hi all,
    not to hijack the thread re: Jackets - but is there anything to watch out for in sewing in darts or taking in side-seams on the lame? Thinking for my son's lame - it's just a bit big now but will be a good fit in probably 6 months. Can I just "take it in" like a normal jacket or top?
    cheers,
    Geoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffOZ View Post
    Hi all,
    not to hijack the thread re: Jackets - but is there anything to watch out for in sewing in darts or taking in side-seams on the lame? Thinking for my son's lame - it's just a bit big now but will be a good fit in probably 6 months. Can I just "take it in" like a normal jacket or top?
    cheers,
    Geoff.
    To take advantage of the previous advice.

    Turn it inside out and just sew through Lame cloth and lining near the side seams. Then later you can just cut these afterseams and return to the original size. Don't worry about taking in the Lame cloth and lining separately. The only problem is if the resultant thick section is uncomfortable.

    There is nothing special to worry about regarding conductivity and testing the Lame at competitions. If you sew Lame cloth to Lame cloth, you don't introduce any problems.

    I have let out my Foil Lame a couple of times (talk about global warming, why don't they talk about gravity taking all the sand South). Add a band of Lame clothe and a band of lining and then sew them both together again. But that is not your problem. Taking in is much less complicated and much easier than letting out.
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    Thanks...

    excellent! I was wondering about the lame conductivity etc but you've removed that doubt. I know my son will appreciate the change too.

    cheers,
    Geoff.

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    I had to take in my Uhlmann jacket. In the process I discovered the front is two layers of fabric. Rather than have a very thick dart, I opened the bottom edge stitching and seam, and put darts in both the inner and outer layer. It took some time to do this, but the result was good.

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    lol, is it possible for a tailor to make a jacket bigger?

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