Jacket Tailoring Techniques with Leah Boyan (Online)

  • Saturday, March 05, 2022
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Saturday, March 05, 2022, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday, March 12, 2022, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PST)
  • Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI030522LB
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    Registration will close on Thursday, March 3 at 12pm.

Registration is closed

Sew some samples for success and be ready to make any tailored wool jacket or coat!

Baffled by bound buttonholes? Freaked out by welt pockets? Take the mystery out of tailoring and practice solid tailoring techniques like welt pockets, sleeve vents, and more … including bound buttonholes. You’ll learn to work with horsehair, establish lapel roll lines, and “bag the lining” for an all-in-one way to finish any lined garment.

We’ll work together on full-size samples. During class, you can sew along with Leah, or you can watch the class and sew samples later. In the end, you’ll have built a reference library of techniques—and built your confidence—so you can apply these techniques to any wool jacket or coat pattern.

You will need to order a kit/pattern from the instructor by clicking here. This kit will be available after January 20th and will be $10 payable directly to the instructor on her website.

Can’t attend at the scheduled times? No worries! This class will be recorded and available to all who register, so you can watch on your own schedule, as many times as you like.

Students should have on hand:

  • 100% wool fabric, approximately 1 yard long by ~ 60” wide. Ugly fabric works great, and 12”-x-12” swatches work great, too (check fabric store remnant sections for inexpensive wool)
  • 1 yard of lining fabric (thin, woven, and slippery, Bemberg rayon is widely available and inexpensive)
  • 1 yard of horsehair fusible interfacing: available at Esther’s Fabrics on Bainbridge Island, or order online at www.fashionsewingsupply.com
  • 1 yard of medium-weight fusible interfacing: available at Esther’s Fabrics on Bainbridge or online at www.fashionsewingsupply.com
  • freezer paper, to be used for pattern paper: available in most hardware stores or well-stocked grocery stores (check the canning/freezing section)
  • fabric marking pens or chalk or a sliver of soap—something you can see on your wool fabric
  • typical sewing notions such as scissors, rotary cutter, pins, and seam ripper
  • your steam iron and ironing board
  • your sewing machine, threaded with garment-weight thread that contrasts with your fabric


  • Registration for this class will close on Thursday, March 3rd at 12:00pm.
  • Be sure to order a kit/pattern from the instructor by clicking here.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing software. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialA Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the event start date. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. 

Instructor Bio: 

Leah Boyan is thrilled to contribute to the BARN Fiber Arts Studio. She has taught online and in person at Esther’s Fabrics on Bainbridge Island. She's also a national sewing speaker, having presented at the Virtual 2020 American Sewing Guild National Convention and several national ASG chapters, and she is scheduled to present at the 2021 National Convention. Leah started her company, A Way We Sew, to combine her two passions: sewing and thinking about sewing. She develops and teaches innovative ways to sew faster, with fabulous results, all while having fun!

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