The “Maebh” Jacket

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The “Maebh” Jacket


A two-month intensive course to construct a historically-inspired, tailored novelty jacket by hand.

Over the course of six sessions, we will construct a beautifully shaped jacket together. For the student looking to expand upon skills built in other hand sewing classes, this unique class will cover pattern cutting and muslin, finding a good fit, seaming, tailoring, piping, buttonholes, and button application as well as additional optional embellishments to make the jacket uniquely yours.

Saturdays October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20

2pm – 4pm ET*

Virtual class on Zoom, link will be sent the day before class.

What To Bring
Refer to the materials required list. Materials are also available as a kit in our online store here.

Basic seaming is helpful to take this course but beginning hand sewers are most welcome. We are also offering a primer session to learn all of the stitches used to make this coat on Saturday September 11 from 2pm – 4pm ET. You can sign up for that course here: Hand Sewing Primer.

*All live session will be recorded and shared with those who register.

We have two scholarships available for this experience. To be considered for the scholarship please email with some information about you, your making practice and why you would like to participate. Applications for scholarships will be accepted until September 1, 2021.

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About this collaboration

This jacket is developed specifically for Tatter using traditional techniques from several time periods. The main body is developed from an early 20th century female-presenting style. Originally, the bust dart was in the in the shoulder. In this design, it has been moved into the neckline to facilitate the use of a join-on collar and an angled dart, reminiscent of early 20th-century British military uniforms.

The shoulder has been fashioned to the back of the body for a dramatic, Victorian feeling while the back collar has been cut in one with the back to bring in an element from an early 17th-century jacket.

The entire body is lined in a cotton print to help bring a modern feel while the seam treatments are reminiscent of European folk costume.

The work is started in smaller sections which are then put together to form the larger jacket. Some of the construction methods are taken from surviving garments of the 17th and 18th centuries as well as traditional tailoring methods of the 20th century.

The course allows the novice hand sewer to expand their skills in terms of stitches and techniques as well as learning a few small tricks along the way to allow a bit more accuracy into the work.

From ironwork (the process of manipulating fabric with steam and heat), to buttonholes and decorative seam finishes, these six weeks will take you on a journey to make a jacket unlike anything you’ve worn before!

The course will take place over 2 months and will consist of:

– six live, virtual sessions with Mathew Gnagy
– access to a private platform group for questions and sharing

You will join a whole community to make this custom garment. There will be tremendous support along the way from Mathew and your fellow sewists. Additionally, participants will have access to a private platform to share photos and questions between our virtual sessions.

If you would like to join but have minimal hand sewing experience, you can sign up for the Hand Sewing Primer class to get you comfortable with the techniques used in the course.

A materials package for this course can be purchased here


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