Fractured in France with The Sewing Workshop

Saturday 15-22 August 2020

The Sewing Workshop is known for its collection of stylish sewing patterns and range of specialist workshops where you can learn innovative machine and hand embellishment techniques to give your garment a creative edge.

On this workshop led by Linda Lee, you will use the Chicago pattern to create a ‘fractured’ jacket and learn to look at each pattern piece as a canvas for fracturing the lines. Each pattern piece in this jacket is uniquely shaped and offers open and uncluttered spaces for design and fabric manipulation.

The fabrication possibilities for this jacket are endless. The technique requires two layers of fabric, with portions of the top layer being cut away to reveal the under layer, thus creating the fractured design. Prior to the workshop, Linda will offer suggestions for fabric combinations such as linen on wool, silk on linen, cotton on silk, with lots of flattering colorway options for all seasons.

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Drawing inspiration from photographs of stained glass windows, architecture, pick-up sticks, modern art and other geometric patterns, you will first sketch a design on half-scale technical outlines of each pattern piece — two fronts, a back, two sleeves and a collar.  Once a schematic of the design is established, you will transfer your design to the fabric. 

When the fabrics are layered and basted together and the design is transferred, you will machine stitch the design on each piece of the jacket. Then you will cut away strategic sections of the design elements before constructing the jacket. After the jacket is assembled, you may choose to enhance the design by adding hand embroidery stitches and perhaps cut away even more areas.

You will also be given the opportunity to construct a tank or tee to coordinate with your jacket. Here you will learn five options for finishing the neckline of your top using select designer treatments.

There will also be a Sunday morning visit to the atmospheric food and craft market in the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val which was used as the backdrop to the films “Charlotte Grey” and “The Hundred Foot Journey”. 


Essential information

Single or double occupancy luxury and standard rooms available

From €1975-€3450 per participant, €1440 non-participant

Non-refundable deposit on booking
First instalment of 30% due on 1 February 2020
Full balance due 23 May 2020

Minimum 8 participants. Maximum 16 participants

Workshop held in English

Included 7 nights full board, (one dinner out at guests' cost). 5.5 days full-time tuition. Trips to local markets

Excluded Airfares to France. Airport transfers available at extra cost

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“An addictive combination of learning, relaxing and being amongst like minds. Amazing food, brilliant tuition and stunning views.”

Christina G, United States

Linda Lee

Linda travels the world teaching the art of combining beautiful fabrics for the fashion-conscious home sewer. Along with teaching fitting skills and sewing techniques, she is known for designing patterns for The Sewing Workshop for the modern sewer who is interested in architecturally interesting styles to flatter with flare. Linda has the wealth of experience and enthusiasm needed to pass on the fine art of sewing clothes to her students.


Kathy Davis

For 25 years, Kathy was instrumental in the production of The Sewing Workshop’s pattern collection. She collaborated in the design phase, wrote the technical instructions and supervised the overall management of pattern work. Now retired from day-to-day production, she creates artistic variations of the patterns, creating one-of-a-kind garments for inspiration for Sewing Workshop customers. Kathy designed and made the first Fractured Jacket.


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