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Let’s make a SHACKET!  Is it a jacket? Is it a shirt? It’s both! The perfect item for men and women you can wear your shacket as an oversized shirt or layer it up and wear it as a jacket, amazing! This 2 day class will teach you lots of... Read more

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Let’s make a SHACKET! 

Is it a jacket? Is it a shirt? It’s both!

The perfect item for men and women you can wear your shacket as an oversized shirt or layer it up and wear it as a jacket, amazing!

This 2 day class will teach you lots of features of shirt making that you will be able to apply to lots of other projects. It will also get you working with heavier weight fabrics and show that top stitching is not to be feared!

In this class we will be using the Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket pattern, which is suitable for both men and women. The Ilford features dropped shoulders for a relaxed fit and a choice of sleeve, a cuff and sleeve placket or a boxy sleeve for a more relaxed look and easier to sew option. There’s also a choice of length and lots of pocket options to choose from.  

There's so much to learn with this class and beautiful details to add to your shacket, so this class will take place over 2 days. 

In this class you will learn to:

  • Construct a collar
  • Top stich
  • Create a sleeve with placket & cuff (if you choose this option)
  • Sew buttonholes
  • Work with medium to heavy weight fabric
  • Apply neat patch pockets

Important – Please Read

This class uses The Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket pattern. The Friday Pattern Company have sized this pattern XS to 7X, this is chest 81.3cm - 152cm, waist 61cm-135cm and hips 86cm-160cm. Unfortunately we will not be able to make any amendments outside of this size range in the time allocated to this class.

What’s Included

We will provide you with your own copy of the pattern which is yours to keep. We also provide you with use of our sewing machines and over lockers and all the sewing kit you will need for your project is on hand in the studio. We will provide you with any basic notions you require such as elastic, interfacing, thread etc. Thread is from our extensive studio collection, but if you are worried about an exact match we recommend bringing your own thread, especially for visible top stitching.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring along the fabric you require to make your shacket. Heavy fabrics like denim, twill or canvas will make a structures jacket, whilst lighter weight fabrics such as cord, linen, flannel or chambray may also be used. After booking we will send an email which will provide you with exact fabric requirements.

Lunch. We will stop for around half an hour for lunch, please bring this with you.

This class is for you if:

This class is an improver dressmaking class. It is suitable for anyone who has completed some beginner level dressmaking projects like or Sew a Simple dress class or perhaps made beginner projects like the Stevie top at home. You should be able to follow a seam allowance and be able to cut your pattern pieces out at home ready to bring to class – We will post the pattern to you at least one week before the class. Don’t worry if this is your first improver level class, we are here to help every step of the way.


PLEASE NOTE: After booking this class you will be sent two emails. This first will confirm your booking and the second will contain important information such as where to find us and the fabric requirements for the class. If you do not receive these please check your junk mail. 

Amendments and cancelations are only permitted within 48 hours of booking, so please ensure you can make the dates. 

Our studio is on the first floor and we are sorry, but there is no lift. 

Cancellations or amendments can only be made to your booking within 48 hours of booking. Cancellations or amendments are not permitted after 48 hours of booking. In the unlikely event that we must cancel the class a full refund will be given, or you can choose to move your booking to another class of the same value. We will give you as much notice as possible by emailing you and/or telephoning on the number provided at the time of booking.

All classes must be paid for in advance. Bookings are securely processed via the website. Sew You Can do not store or access your bank details, these are processed securely by Stripe of Paypal. By booking a class you consent to receive emails from Sew You Can, you may opt out of this at any time.

Complementary lunch is provided on our all-day classes. This consists of soup and a sandwich option. The soup will be vegetarian and there will be at least one choice of vegetarian sandwich. Unfortunately, we cannot cater for any other dietary requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: Our studio is on the first floor and there is no lift.

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