How to Design A Men's Suit Jacket

by River Lin

There are many features of a man’s suit jacket that you can design to create a unique and individual look. First you need to know the parts of a man’s suit jacket so you can design each part to create a complete look. These are: collar, lapel, sleeves, cuffs, pockets, hem length and shape, breast and back. To design a man’s suit jacket, you need to draw several pictures to represent your ideas; a front view, back view, and close-ups of specific design features.

Items you will need

  • Pictures of various jackets to give you ideas
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler

Develop Your Design

Step 1

Look through several magazines for pictures of men's suit jackets for ideas. Cut out pictures that you like.

Step 2

Analyze and categorize the pictures you have chosen. Put the pictures in separate piles depending on what it is about each one you like. You should have some ideas for each part of a man's suit jacket that you can design.

Step 3

Go through your different piles and take notes, either on paper or mentally, about what it is in each picture that you would like to use in your own design. Decide on how you would like each of the different parts of a jacket to look.

Step 4

Write out the specific characteristics required to create each of the parts of a man's suit jacket. For example, if you want to design a man's suit jacket with a wide collar and pointed tips, write that at the bottom of your picture. If you want there to be only one pocket on one side of the jacket, write that down.

Draw Your Idea

Step 1

Your first drawing will start with the front torso portion of the jacket. First draw the jacket in a closed position. You create your design in the lines you choose. For example, are the outside lines straight, or are they slightly curved one way or another? You also create your design by determining the size: do you want the jacket to fit snuggly or loosely? Will the shoulders be big, bulky and padded? Will they hang down over the upper arm a bit? The torso portion of your drawing will also include the lapels. And finally, your design should include the length of the jacket.

Add the collar to your drawing. It is OK if the lines of the torso portion of your jacket show under the added collar as this first drawing is your working draft; such lines will help you create pattern pieces later. The collar can be wide, narrow, pointed, curved, asymmetrical, or even non-existent.

Step 2

Design the sleeves. Draw sleeves onto your picture indicating the length, shape, size, etc. You should also decide on any special design features such as cuffs, gathering or any other unique ideas you have.

Step 3

Draw the back view of the jacket. Again, start with the torso. Note the shape of the waistline, the length and the shape of the tail. These do not necessarily need to match the front, but at least the measurements at the connecting seams need to be the same. Add the collar and sleeves to the back view.

Step 4

Make drawings that show the special design features in detail. For example, if you want the jacket to have cuffed sleeves, you should draw a close-up of the cuffs. You can make them single layer or make them to be turned up; you can make them wide, narrow or with a special shape or curvature. The edges of the cuffs can be sharp, curved, angled, etc. All of these aspects have to be considered and decided when you design a men’s jacket.

Step 5

Draw desins for other details, including the collar, pockets, tail and hem. Draw each of these individually.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

River Lin is an independent writer and consultant. With a Master's degree in teaching English as a second language from Ball State University. She lived in Japan for 15 years teaching and editing. Now based in the US, she works for a variety of clients. Published work can be found in print and online at various websites and goarticles.com.