The Classic French Jacket

The techniques that are used to create a classic French jacket are, to my mind, a sub-set of traditional couture techniques. While there are similarities, there are applications specific to the construction of the jacket that put this sewing project in a category of its own. Six days are devoted to the creation of this fashion classic—and what we create is the haute couture version. A muslin is prepared ahead of time (pattern suggestions are given, along with muslin instructions), which I will fit in class. We go shopping to find the perfect fabrics, linings, trims and buttons, then we begin working.

Students Will:
  •   Fine-tune the fit of the muslin
  •   Adapt their sleeve pattern (or use one of Susan’s) to allow for better placket placement
  •   Learn special haute couture construction techniques that are specific to these jackets
  •   Learn to apply the trims, buttons and pockets that are essential components of these jackets
  •   Examine a number of Susan Khalje’s jackets
  •   And most importantly, construct your jacket under Susan Khalje’s close supervision.

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    The cost of the 2020 Classic French Jacket Class is $1,950. An initial deposit of $450 is required and the final balance is due 30 days before the start of the class. In addition to classroom instruction, the Baltimore classes begin with a day of shopping in New York City (round trip transportation is included). Other classes may have shopping depending on location.

    Cancellation Policy

    In the event that you must cancel, a full refund, less a $100 processing fee, will be returned to you provided we receive your refund request in writing 30 days before the beginning of the class for which you have registered. Note: In most cases, you may transfer to another session at no additional cost, provided space is available. In the event that Susan Khalje must cancel, a full refund will be sent to you.

    For additional information, or if you have any questions, please email Susan Khalje Couture.