Nov 14, 2024 - November 17, 2024(9am - 5pm)

Custom Fit Woman’s Coat

Taught by: Joyce Leblanc

In this workshop you will construct a woman’s wool coat that is fully lined. You will be taught how to custom fit the coat to you by making a muslin beforehand. A muslin in sewing terms is a prototype of a pattern that allows you to test the pattern and make adjustments needed to ensure a perfect fit.

All supplies are provided (fabric, interfacing, thread, buttons, sewing machine needles) and will be given to you at the workshop. Students are expected to have intermediate sewing skills.  It is not necessary to know the skills and techniques that will be taught, but the student must have used a sewing machine successfully to construct clothes or home decor items.  This workshop is not for beginners.  If you have any questions as to whether or not you would be a good fit for the workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact Sanborn Mills Farm who can put you in contact with the instructor.

The color wool and Liberty of London lining will be chosen by each participant with the guidance of the instructor, who will then purchase the material and present it to you at the workshop.

Joyce will work with each student at their own pace to master the techniques used in the construction of the coat so that they will go home with a beautiful custom fit classic coat to be enjoyed for years to come.

Skills and Techniques:

  • Learn the art of making a muslin that becomes your custom pattern
  • Learn how to do precise topstitching
  • Learn how to line a coat
  • Learn how to make French seams
  • Learn how to make swing tacks
  • Learn how to mark and make buttonholes
  • Learn the use of a clapper and bristle brush
  • Learn techniques to work with Tana Lawn and Woo


Materials Fee: $245 for up to size 16. For larger sizes the fee with be worked out with the instructor.  Materials fees are paid at the time of workshop directly to the instructor. Includes:  Pattern for coat, Wool, Liberty of London Tana Lawn for lining, satin for sleeve lining, interfacing, fabric for muslin, thread, buttons, sewing machine needles for wool and Liberty fabric.

Special Tools or Equipment: Sewing machine, ‘stitch in the ditch’ foot, steam Iron, clapper sewing tool, ironing board is a help, cutting mat, rotary cutter or good sewing shears, pins, tape measure. Please note:  If you do not have a sewing machine that has the ability to move the needle position, or if you are flying and cannot bring a machine, please email to reserve one – the instructor has a few to loan on a first come first served basis.

Workshop Policies: Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop which can be found here Workshop Policies

Workshop Fee: $500.00

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(please choose all meals if you are staying on campus.)
We ask students to purchase a meal plan. Our chef can accommodate most dietary needs so please note any restrictions you want us to be aware of on the checkout page.
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