Sewing : Tailoring Made Easy


Be guided through the construction of a tailored lined jacket using a commercial pattern, Palmer/Pletsch fitting concepts and modern tailoring techniques. All of your sewing will improve after you learn to tailor. You will learn how to alter your pattern to fit, cutting and marking accuracy, interfacings and proper fusing, shoulder and chest shaping, shaped darts, careful trimming and quality pressing, sleeve heads, buttonholes and pockets, lining and perfect hems. Participants will need some basic sewing skills. A list of suggested suitable patterns for the course is available from the college, along with the requirements for Lesson 1.

Westfield Penrith Weekend on Sunday

Beginning 28/8/2022 from 9:00:00 to 17:00:00

for 2 Weeks


Topics Covered include:

1. Fabric layout, alterations to fit and cutting • Pressing techniques • Fusing ~ application of interfacing • Marking 2. Fusing ~ application of interfacing and marking 3. Pockets, collars, sleeves shoulder Pads. Facing and lining ~ make up and insert 4. Completing a jacket to fit your body shape.

Course Outcome

Students will learn modern machine tailoring, fusing and fitting techniques which will enable them to construct and fit their own jacket.

On the first session bring

The suggested patterns below contain fitting and sewing instructions of a more detailed nature making them ideal for this course. Pattern: McCalls 6172 (Palmer Pletsch pattern with detailed instructions), McCalls 6655, McCalls 6329 Alternatively, a pattern for a lined blazer if those listed aren’t available. Suggestions are Vogue 833, Vogue 9342, Vogue 9336, Vogue 9099, New Look 6583, Burda Style 6746, Butterick 6641, Vogue 9351 If you have never sewn a jacket, choose one with fewer details to sew Size: You will need to take 2 measurements in order to ascertain your correct pattern size. 1. Chest or High Bust – measure around the body, directly under the arms and across the top of the breasts. 2. Full Bust – measure over the fullest part of the bust and then straight across the back. Buy according to your bust measurement, not your clothing size, unless your full bust measurement is 5cm or more than the high bust measurement. If this is the case, then substitute the high bust measurement for bust on the measurement chart when buying your pattern. Fabric: The best fabrics for tailoring are wool fabrics such as Tweed, Flannel or wool blends. Linen is also suitable but is not quite so easy to work with. Calico is suitable if you would like to make a test garment first. Colour: Avoid checks and stripes. Dark colours such as black can be hard on the eyes to work with, but are good basic wardrobe colours. Medium colours are easier to work with. Lining: Lining fabric such as Sunsilky or Bemberg Interfacing: Fusible woven knit interfacing only such as Whisperweft or Armoweft. These are brand names of interfacing suitable for this course. These do require preshrinking by soaking in hot tap water for 10 minutes, then drip dry over a towel. Buy interfacing according to yardage on back of pattern. Sewing Kit: • Pressing cloth • A box of fine large head pins in a magnetic pincushion • Tape measure • Soft lead pencil • Red and green fine felt tip pens • Two rolls of 12mm Scotch brand magic transparent tape • Weighted table tape dispenser • Paper scissors • Gridded plastic ruler (eg quilters), plastic ruler or dressmakers square • 6mm elastic to tie around your waist • Note pad and pen • Basic sewing kit (scissors, needles, quick unpick, marking chalk etc) • Palmer/Pletsch gridded pattern tissue (from Lincraft, Spotlight or online) or white gift wrap tissue. Greaseproof paper is too stiff. Tailoring Made Easy Notions: 1 x reel matching thread 1 x reel contrasting thread 1 pair shoulder pads according to size recommended on pattern 1 metre x 6mm pre-shrunk cotton tape Buttons – quantity as per pattern envelope Where to Buy: Spotlight, Lincraft, My Hung (Penrith), The Fabric Store or Tessuti Fabrics (both at Surry Hills), The Remnant Warehouse (Alexandria) and Metro Fabrics (Tempe). Patterns can be purchased at Spotlight or Lincraft or online at:,, and sometimes on While the college does have sewing machines available, you may wish to bring your own to use. Prior to attending the first lesson students should: 1. Preshrink all washable fabric and linings by washing with detergent at the same water temperature you plan to use when laundering. 2. Fabrics marked “dry clean only” can be steam pressed using a steam iron. Iron the fabric from side to side (not diagonally) and steam evenly. Allow the steamed fabric to dry thoroughly before moving. If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please do not hesitate to call me on 0403824731 Wendy Luxford

Items to be purchased during the course

Optional Materials cost will vary according to pattern and fabric choice of students. $100

Special Issues To Note

28th Aug & 7th Sep. Workshop, no Concession

NCC Code: 97TAIW322



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