French jacket

The classic French jacket is a wardrobe must-have. Usually made from a soft wool bouclé fabric and lined with luxurious silk charmeuse, many special hand-sewing techniques are used. The fabric and lining are quilted together to create a cardigan-like jacket that will fit you like a glove.


Skill Level: Intermediate

This course suits intermediate sewers. There's a maximum of ten students per class, so you'll receive individual attention and progress at your own pace.


Classes & Cost

11 weeks / 38.5 hours tuition / $825

Class times are flexible: you can choose from weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings. Some Saturday classes are also available.

Mid-term enrolments are often possible. Please contact us and we'll do our best to fit you in.

For students enrolled in the professional program, longer classes or multiple courses, discounts may apply. 



This class is open to everyone: home sewers, hobbyists and professionals. It's also available as part of the Professional Program or HSC Textiles Program.

French jacket Course Details

Sew a sophisticated and stunning boucle cardigan jacket using either fused interlining or quilted couture sewing techniques. 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. Students may change the cardigan style to include a convertible collar or mandarin collar and will receive instruction in class to enable the pattern to be changed as required.

On enrolment students receive information concerning suitable patterns, and where to source suitable materials.

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

What You'll Learn

  • Discuss the technical aspects of fit, the interlining techniques and finishes used on a cardigan jacket

  • Plan the students particular design project

  • Receive a personal fitting of the jacket toile by our qualified design staff and refine the pattern for personal fit

  • Adjust the collar pattern if required

  • Assess the fabric and backing fabrics and plan the layout, cutting and sewing of the jacket fabric, interlinings, and linings as applicable

  • Plan the sleeve finishes as applicable

  • Mark fabrics, match patterns as appropriate and cut out jacket

  • Underline jacket

  • Sew pocket finishes

  • Sew jacket to fitting stage and refit the garment

  • Set sleeves

  • Sew buttonholes

  • Create and attach trims.

Course Materials

Fine wool and cotton fabrics are available for order from the college and these options will be made available to students during the first session.



More Information

Please feel free to email or call us on 02 9449 1450 and we'd be happy to provide more information or tailor a program for you.

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