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Sewing: Smock Waistcoat with Holly Jean

In this workshop you will make a waistcoat smock with button fastening and pockets.

Sewing: Smock Waistcoat with Holly Jean
Sewing: Smock Waistcoat with Holly Jean

Time & Location

23 Oct 2021, 09:45 – 18:00

Southborough, UK

About the Event

What You Will Learn

In this workshop, Holly will guide you to make a waistcoat smock with button fastening and pockets.

The design has been inspired by historic utility wear and artists aprons.  There are several options for pockets and lengths to meet the needs of the wearer. It can be worn for creative pursuits or as everyday wear.

You will have the choice of several different colours of medium-weight organic cotton twill cloth (Oeko-Tex Certified).

Key skills;

1. Arranging pattern pieces for efficient cutting

2. Preparing pockets

3. Flat felled seams

4. Garment assembly

5. Buttonholes

6. Pressing and hand finishing

Having been introduced to the process and steps to make your waistcoat, you will take away your pattern pieces and garment to enable you to make the garment again at home.

What to bring

Everything you need for the workshop will be provided including cloth, thread, buttons and use of tools and a sewing machine.

Skill Level

Confident beginners and improvers.

Simple sewing machine experience will be beneficial to get the most from the day. Please feel free to contact Holly if you have any questions at

Number of places available



Holly will contact you ahead of the workshop to confirm size of garment so the correct pattern size will be ready for you on the day.

Your tutor for the day: Holly Jean

Holly is a registered architect who trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and the University of Brighton. Holly worked full-time as an Architect for 8 years before establishing House of Holly Jean in 2020, a design practice that focuses on architectural design and the design and making of clothing.

Holly is a designer/maker in a broad sense and alongside clothing and architectural design has a passionate interest in landscapes, gardens, and ceramics.

Holly is a co-founder of Knot Works and is a passionate believer that the best way to learn is through doing and making. Holly is keen to share that you can always pick up new skills or hobbies in life. The process of making a garment is deeply therapeutic and the outcome equally rewarding.


Schedule on the day

Please arrive at the studio between 9.30-9.45 ready for the workshop to begin promptly at 10am.

We will have a tea break in the morning and afternoon and stop for lunch at 1pm. We will provide hot drinks and biscuits, but please bring your own lunch. There are several cafes and shops located nearby the studio on Southborough High Street where lunch can be purchased. We encourage students and tutors to have lunch together in the studio so we can all get to know each other!


High Brooms railway station is approx. 15 minutes walk from the studio and provides direct train links to London and the South East. There is a metered car park located 5 minutes walk from the studio, and on street parking is available.


The studio is on the first floor with no lift access. Please get in touch if you have any questions about access and we will be happy to chat about it in more detail and do what we can to accommodate you.

Cancellations & Covid Policy

Bookings for our workshops are non-refundable. Please check the dates and details above carefully before you confirm your booking.

If government restrictions dictate that we need to cancel the workshop for any reason due to Covid-19 will refund the total cost of the workshop. When we are able to reschedule, we will offer first refusal to those who previously signed up.

Read Event Terms & Conditions here.


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