Sew-Along The Couture Jacket - Starts 2nd February 2022


Sew Alongs started during Lockdown and proved to be a great way for us to get together and sew.  I decided to keep them going when the Midhurst Sewing Room re-opened so that those of you who cannot make it to Midhurst can still learn and we can make garments together.

Last years Couture Jacket Sew-Along worked really well - we worked together every week and there was homework to do in between - beautiful jackets were created.  I thought it would be great if this became an annual Sew Along, even if you have made a Couture jacket before it is nice to make along with a group.

Couture sewing takes time and patience.  Much of the construction is done by hand often because the fabrics are tricky and there could be complicated design details. Since spending time with Claire Shaeffer, who is an internationally respected author, lecturer and columnist and has a collection of over 2000 couture garments many of which are Chanel,  I have been inspired to do more couture sewing and share some of these skills.

On this Sew Along, you will learn some of the secrets of couture many of which are used in the classic cardigan jacket.  From cutting out, tacking and hand stitching.  Choosing which fabrics to use for linings, buttonholes as well as what needles and threads to use. We will also look at how to make trims similar to those used on couture jackets.

Choose your pattern, I would suggest Vogue 8804 - which is the pattern I will be making or V7975 which is a slightly simpler pattern but the same shape jacket. Gather your materials and let's make a Couture Jacket together

There will be seven days with me and we will also film an introduction to help you choose your fabrics and get some inspiration.  As a lot of Couture Sewing is done by hand there will be lots of work to be done at home in between the sew-along days.

Materials Needed : 

Pattern – For the classic Chanel Style Jacket I use Vogue 8804 (the red jacket pictured left)– a classic French Style Jacket but the techniques could be used for other patterns too.

Outer Fabric – Linton Tweed from Bloomsbury Square Fabrics or Linton Tweeds or a similar tweed with a wool content

In Couture Sewing we use slightly more fabric than the amount mentioned on the pattern to allow for wider seam & hem allowances, decide how long you would like your jacket, measure from the shoulder to the hem, add 6” (15cm) – you will need twice this length plus 1 sleeve length, measure from the shoulder to the wrist, add 6” (15cm) Pockets should fit in between pieces but you could add a bit more for these – I usually buy 2 ½ yards or 2.25m

Lining Fabric – Silk Crepe De Chine or similar the same amount as your outer fabric

Other Materials which can be purchased from The Sewing Room

50cm Silk Organza, Stay Tape – silk organza selvedge or cotton stay tape, Wigan – 2.5m, Tacking Cotton – 2/3 reels in a colour that will show up on your main fabric, 

Couture Chain – 1.5m, Beeswax

You will also need: 2 Threads to match the outer Fabric, 2 Threads to Match the Lining, Trim (optional)

Buttons (optional)

For Hand Stitched Buttonholes (optional)

     Gimp Cord, Silk Buttonhole Thread


Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Venue: Your Own Home

Date: Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd, Wednesday 9th, 23rd February, 9th, 16th, 30th & 31st March 2022


Workshop Start/End time: 11am - 4.30pm

Workshop Duration: 8 days

Workshop Tutor: Claire Tyler

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Workshop Start2 Feb 2022