Post Reply Why are suit jackets have so many seams?
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Posted 6/11/16
At least compared to shirts.
I bet I could make one with larger pieces of fabric and the only difference would be the smaller number of permanent creases.
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Posted 6/12/16
Maybe so it are easier for a couturier to make custom alterations?
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Posted 6/12/16
"Why are?" or "Why do?"

In answer to "why do?" it is usually because a jacket has multiple layers of cloth while a shirt only has one. A shirt only needs a seam where the single layer pieces join together (e.g. the shoulder). A jacket needs seams both to keep the multiple layers together and then join the separate pieces together. You are also likely to have more pockets on a jacket, each of which will need a set of seams.

In addition to the practical seams, the designer may have added extra stitching as a stylistic choice for the particular shirt or jacket.
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Posted 6/12/16

sena3927 wrote:

Maybe so it are easier for a couturier to make custom alterations?


I'm getting this impression as well.
It seems like the pattern is generic and has built in darts to cut out to fit the wearer.
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