Sew 203

Introduction to Jacket Lapels

Prêt-à-Porter and tailored suits all have something in common: smooth lapels with nice, crisp edges. Achieving that professional finish can get a little tricky due to one tiny detail that can become a sewing headache – the lapel. In this class you will learn ways to sew a notched lapel, bagging out a lining, and insert a set-in sleeve. 


Skill Level: 3+4

        Cost: $300 +GST

        • Max. 6 students
        • Location: WEST
        • Class Length: 4 x 3 hour sessions or 1 weekend session
        • Prerequisite: Sew 202 or equivalent

            What is Included?

            • Sewing Pattern
            • Sewing Tutorial

            Supply List: 

            • 250m spool of matching or contrasting polyester thread (Gutterman or Coats)
            • Dressmaking Pins (Glass, Pearl, or Plastic head)
            • Dressmaking Shears
            • Thread Snips
            • Fabrics & notions for garment projects (a list will be sent to you)

            •  Selection of fabrics for all three projects
            • Sewing Tutorials
            • 1 x bobbin

            Course Outline


              The lapel is the collar of a coat or jacket. There are three main types of lapels and you will we learning how to sew the most common type, a notched lapel. 


                  Learn how to line a jacket using the ‘bagged’ method. This jacket lining method gives the most professional results, requires the least amount of hand sewing and is also the quickest. If you look through your closet, you’ll find that almost every jacket you own was lined using some variation of this method. 

                    Set-in Sleeves

                      Sewing sleeves, especially clean and properly fitting sleeves, can often be quite challenging for beginners and many intermediate sewists alike. The main reason for this is that a set-in sleeve has some ease at the cap. To put it simply, the measurement of the sleeve cap is slightly bigger than the armhole to which it will be attached. We will show you the perfect way to attach a set-in sleeve smoothly without puckers!