Make a Coat or Workwear Jacket

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Make a Coat or Workwear Jacket

Begins: Wednesday 05 June 2019

Ends: Wednesday 26 June 2019

Session: 4


Time: 10.00am - 1.30pm

Level: Intermediate

Maximum Class Size: 6

Over four consecutive Wednesday mornings you will learn how to make a classic simple silhouetted coat or typical French workwear jacket. This intermediate course is designed for students who would like to take thier garment making to the next step. Making a coat involves advanced techniques that you wouldn't find on tops, skirts or dresses giving you the opportunity to build on your skills and get the perfect finish. The styles you can choose from are timeless, understated and unlined which makes them ideal for you to add your own detail and alter, they are transitional jackets which you can make and wear all year round.

Level: This intermediate menswear and womenswear coat workshop is practiced machine sewers and as a minimum should have made three or more garments using commercial sewing patterns. We recommend this workshop to students who have completed our 6 Week Intro to Dressmaking Course, or equivalent.

You will be able to choose one of three patterns, all are designed by British pattern makers Merchant & Mills:

The Foreman is a traditional mens French Workwear Jacket. Practical and hardwearing with set-in two part sleeves and square collar. This jacket fastens with buttons and is designed with one breast pocket & two side pockets, although you can have less if preferred.

The Ottoline is a boxy workwear jacket, like a more feminine version of The Foreman. Although the original pattern includes lots of top stitching and side seam splits (which are a bit tricky) we have made a more simplified version (pictured) so that we can fit this jacket into a two day workshop.

The Strand is a relaxed, straight, drop-waist top coat with inseam pockets for practicality and set-in sleeves with elbow darts for a comfortable fit. The front fastening is created by inseam hooks and eyes and the pattern has lovely top-stitch detail, which you could do in a contrast thread for a unique look.

You will cover the following techniques in class:

  • Preparing your fabric and facings

  • How to make small alterations to the pattern for a better fit

  • Advanced garment construction tips

  • In-seam & patch pockets

  • Set-in sleeves and elbow darts

  • Constructing a Collar

  • One Step Button Holes

  • Binding seams & top stitch detail

  • Fabric Requirements:


The Foreman Jacket

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.7m - 3.6m

    Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2.2m - 2.8m

    The Ottoline

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 1.9m - 2.15m

    Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 1.7m - 1.9m

    Strand Coat

    Fabric 45”/115cm wide: 2.7m - 2.9m

    Fabric 60”/150cm wide: 2m - 2.6m


    Fabric Recommendations: Heavy cotton canvas, drill and twill, wool, denim, and corduroy work perfectly.

    Tools and equipment are provided and the pattern is included but you will need to buy fabric, please see fabric requirements above. Refreshments will also be provided.

    Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in store and we are happy to help with any of your inquiries.


    Moyna Hamilton studied clothing technology at London College of Fashion before going straight into the fashion industry and working as a pattern cutter. For over 18 years she worked for a wide range of companies from designers to high street suppliers and, after having children, she also successfully set up and ran her own children’s bed linen and accessories company called Eazy-Tiger. More recently she has been teaching in primary and secondary schools and is pleased to be combining her experience in schools with her years of experience in fashion to teach others the art of sewing, pattern cutting and making their own clothes.