Designed for confident sewers, with a few garments under their belts of varying construction, who are looking to make their first coat or looking to learn further techniques of a tailored garment.

Maximum Class Size: 4

For more details please see below.

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This workshop is designed to really slow down the process of constructing a tailored coat. By using a mixture of machine and hand tailoring techniques, which will enhance your skill level to tackle tailored garments going forward, this workshop will teach you to produce a beautiful tailored winter coat that will last you for years. 

You will learn how to construct and make your very own winter tailored coat, to your own body measurements, in this intensive and comprehensive four week workshop.

The patterns available to choose from will be advised to you once your booking has been confirmed.  There are five women’s coat patterns, and a mens pattern to choose from to ensure there is something for everyones tastes.

Course details and what you will learn:

The course will start with ensuring you get the correct fit, by taking accurate measurements and choosing the correct size of your pattern, followed by a toile of the basic construction to adjust further to ensure a perfect fit.  Preparation of the fabric and pattern pieces follows including; steaming and pressing, correct interfacing techniques, use of interlinings (where necessary) and adding horse hair canvas (if required). You will learn how to use tailors tacks, basting and pad stitching and other hand tailoring techniques (where appropriate).  Construction techniques will be demonstrated with a mix of machine and hand sewing, together with lots of key pressing techniques, vital to a successful tailored garment.  Other construction details will be explored and covered depending on the pattern selected, such as (but not exhaustive); inserting shoulder pads, pockets, lapels, collars cuff plackets & hand worked buttonholes.  

Ability level:

This course is suitable to  intermediate sewers who are use to a variety of commercial sewing patterns and can follow a pattern unaided. Depending on level of experience you may not completely finish your project however, there is likely to be homework set in between classes, such as finishing general sewing should you need.  This is to ensure you have amble time to concentrate on the more technical aspects in class.

What's included:

  • The sewing pattern of your choice from the options available. This will be either in paper pattern form or PDF, depending on availability of the pattern format.

  • Muslin for making the toile

  • Crochet cotton and sewing needles for basting etc

  • Pattern paper and pattern drafting tools for any adjustment to the pattern required.

  • A good supply of basic sewing equipment and sundry materials, including use of our overlockers and our Janome Sewist 725S sewing machines. You can always bring your own machine and equipment if you wish.

  • Tea/coffee and biscuits or cake.  Please advise if there are any food allergies or intolerances.  We will do our best to cater for you.

You will need to bring:

  • Your own fabric for each of the garments and thread along with any other notions the pattern requires to complete the garment applicable, including shoulder pads, interfacing, horse hair canvas and interlining (if required).  Full details will be provided on confirmation of your booking.

  • A packed lunch. There are nearby cafes and food providers nearby if you wish to grab a quick bite and a break!

Session times & dates:

Session 1:

Saturday 9th November, 10am-4pm

Session 2:

Saturday 16th November, 10am-4pm

Session 3:

Saturday 23rd November, 10am-4pm

Session 4:

Saturday 30th November, 10am-4pm

NB: Please note that sessions will start promptly however, due to the nature of the course, some sessions may over run slightly.


Near The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40. Full address provided on booking.