The Classic Quilted French Jacket Class

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$1800 which includes your muslin, all materials and lunch for six days.

CLASS DEPOSIT $600 due now....


There is nothing quite as decadent and versatile as a Classic French Jacket.

I have been making LFJ’s and skirts for clients for over a decade, and they remain one of my favorite things to custom sew.

Students often asked if I would ever consider teaching a class, as my 2013 sew-along has been viewed by millions, but I did not feel that I had anything new to offer.

However, this year I have spent time with students who have booked private days so that they can finish incomplete jackets, and the overall feedback from their other experiences made me re think the whole concept.

With that in mind, I have sought to create a new kind of workshop.  Keeping each class small and intimate and providing everything you will need to build your finished garment.  

Your first jacket is all about demystifying the process clearly, with lots of one on one instruction while building your skills. Getting you ready to go home and tackle that crazy gorgeous French fabric you’ve stashed for years!! 

Needless to say, I have had a lot of fun curating beautiful , easy to work with fabrics from Europe and the United States.  Designer deadstock, European novelties, solids, multi, shiny, and plain……something to suit every taste and lifestyle.


We will all be using a Thomas Von Nordheim French Jacket pattern that he has designed and created for this class.  If you prefer to use a different pattern, just email me….

Each size will be available for students to try on and use as their base muslin, thus removing the need to pre-make a muslin at home.

Clients often ask me for a more traditional shape, slightly less fitted, with a hint of waist and a beautifully curved hem, so this is the silhouette we will jump off in each class. 

We have a lot to accomplish in six days. We will work side by side throughout each stage; helping each other as we chat, the goal is for everyone to walk out the door with a wearable jacket.  

And for visual reference, there are numerous samples of each stage available in the studio, while I also make a jacket alongside you for demonstration purposes. 


The Pattern - Bust 32” - 47” /  Waist 25”-39” / Hip 33”- 46”

A base Muslin - ready for your first day.  ( I will be emailing you for your measurements)


Silk Linings


Basting Thread






In our class in March, we had seven students who all got to the finishing stage. Hem, trim, pockets and chain can be done easily at home but should you wish to stay for an additional day the cost will be $200 and invoiced when the balance is due..


LEVEL:      This is a sub-section of skills that don’t really relate specifically to other garments; everyone will be at roughly the same level! You must have sewn at least one shirt or similar and have some experience with hand sewing.




And as always, additional days are always available for those that wish to take it a little slower.

What's Included

Muslin, pattern paper and basting, and sewing threads.. Boucles, silks, trims and buttons.

Use of all studio sewing & serger machines, irons, pressing tools, scissors, and more

Complimentary snacks and drinks throughout the day


What level should I be sewing at to take this class?

This class is an advanced beginner/ intermediate class, you should be a confident sewer and like or hopefully love hand sewing (there is a lot!!)

How many students are there per class?

The studio is equipped to hold 16 students comfortably, but due to the current circumstances we have a cap at 7 students for the safety of our staff and students.

How much 1-1 time will I get?

Each students will get as much time - both as a group and individually - as they need in order to construct their garment. The aim is for each student to complete their garment having fully understood each step, so they can build off their new skillset for future individual projects.

Can I bring my own sewing machine and/or notions?

Yes! If you have a sewing machine you love to use, you are welcome to bring it. If you have a machine that you do not use often and need help with, then please plan on using the studio machines.

Scissors, pins, threads, etc are all supplied but if you have your own favorites, then of course, bring those!   We just ask that you label them and take full responsibility for your items while in class.

Will I finish my garment in class?

We try to make sure all projects can be completed in the time allotted unless otherwise stated when booking.

Some of the ongoing classes and workshops may have the potential for some voluntary homework or the option for extra learning but it cannot be guaranteed that any garment, item, or project will be completed in its entirety during the physical time spent in the studio.

What refreshments and snacks will be available?

Local treats, king cakes, bagels for breakfast, coffee and tea throughout the day... and a BYOB if you feel like celebrating at the end of a fun class. There is a small fridge, a Keurig, water cooler, microwave, and toaster in the studio and these can be used throughout the day.

As we are in the Quarter, there are lots of food options as well as delivery, so we will make a list of those available to you before lunchtime rolls around.

You are also welcome to bring snacks and lunch to eat at the studio if you prefer.

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