Learn to Make a Tailored Jacket



Term 2 – 23 April to 7 July 2018
Term 3 – 16 July to 29 September 2018
Term 4 – 8 October to 22 December 2018

Mid-term enrolments may be available. Please contact the college for further information.

Course Session Times

Sessions are run on:
Wednesdays (daytime) – 8.30pm to 4pm (7 hours)
Wednesdays (evening) – 6pm to 9.30pm (3.5 hours)

The course runs as a day or evening course. The day course involves more hours than the evening option.

All students who prefer hand finishes or do not wish to do work at home should allow more than one term to complete their project. Additionally, evening students may need more than one term regardless of finishes chosen.

Course Summary

Sew a classic notched collar or shawl collar jacket using hand worked canvas interlining, machine finished canvas or fused interlining techniques. A combination of techniques may also be chosen depending on the fabric and jacket design. Students bring a jacket calico test garment (“toile”) to class made from a commercial pattern. The toile is fitted and the pattern adapted for use with the desired interlinings, linings and trims. There is no need to complete pockets or lining on the toile. Tailoring uses a large number of steps and to aid the student a reference book is recommended and followed in class.

On enrolment students receive information concerning the reference book, suitable patterns, and where to source suitable materials. Fine wool, cotton, linen and hemp fabrics are available for order from the college and these options will be made available to students during the first session.

Students may return for a second or further terms if they do not finish their garment in the first term or would like to complete a matching skirt or pants for the jacket.

Course Content

This course includes:

  • Analysis of the features of a well fitting jacket
  • Discussion concerning the technical aspects of interlining techniques and finishes used when constructing a jacket
  • Plan the students particular design project
  • Review material sources and order material through the school if desired
  • Receive a personal fitting of the jacket toile by our qualified design staff and refine the pattern for personal fit
  • Assess the fabric and backing fabrics and plan the layout, cutting and sewing of the jacket fabric, interlinings, and linings as applicable
  • Mark fabrics, match patterns as appropriate and cut out jacket
  • Underline jacket or complete canvases
  • Sew pocket finishes
  • Sew jacket to fitting stage and refit the garment
  • Set and fit sleeves
  • Sew buttonholes
  • Create and attach trims


Skill Level

The course suits advanced sewers. There is a maximum of 8 students per teacher, so all students have the opportunity to receive individual attention and progress at their own pace.

Course fees

Day students – $1,540 (77 hours of tuition)

Evening students – $770 (38.5 hours of tuition)

For more information on this course, please contact our college.