woman's jacket copy

Hacking Jackets: from op shop to couture

Product Description

Op shops are full of large men’s jackets. In this workshop we will transform a shapeless form into a well fitting, stylish little number inspired by the hacking jacket. You won’t need to be a 19th century gentleman checking your estate on horseback to enjoy it. It will look just as fetching for outdoor cinema going, cycling, coffee shop trawling or viewing the wildflowers.

Susie and Trish will take you through the process of taking the jacket apart and altering it into a softer, more fitted style. We will show you how to refit the sleeves, alter the shoulder width, add darts and pleats, and shorten it. We will then add embellishment with embroidery and appliqué.

Basic sewing skills required.

Dates: 10 & 11 November, 2018
Time: 10am-4pm daily with a 30 minute break
Fee: $369pp includes silks, threads, wool, needles and pins + booking fee.  Book via Eventbrite. 

Or email us at workshops@gallery152.com.au.
Limited accommodation is available in dormitory style rooms at $45pp/n. To book, email: accommodation@gallery152.com.au.

Materials: Bring along an op shop men’s jacket that is too big for you, dressmaking pins, small scissors for unpicking, hand sewing needles and any treasured pieces of fabric that you would like to use for appliqué, along with your sewing machine and a dress stand if you have one. We will have some fabrics to buy for approx $10

About the Tutors:
Trish Bygott. An icon of the Perth art scene, Trish is one of WA’s foremost textile artists, producing exquisite handcrafted and styled garments from her Wray Avenue studio, Madam Bukeshla, in Fremantle. Spending anytime with Trish is a journey of wonder, magic and high creativity.

Susie Vickery. Susie worked for many years as a theatrical costumier in London, specialising in period men’s tailoring. She worked as a men’s tailor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera and the Royal National Theatre. She then freelanced for several years, making for many West End musicals including Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. She teaches 19th Century tailoring as a guest lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and runs embroidery and sewing workshops in the UK and Fremantle.


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Creative Space

Gallery 152 Creative Space is a workshop program aimed at encouraging engagement with
the arts through learning from our very talented artists and teachers. Students can choose
from a range of options from our year long workshop program that can be enjoyed as one day
workshops or residential programs over several days and some over weekends. Workshops
include printmaking, raku fired ceramics, indigo & shibori dyeing, jewellery techniques,
photography as well as professional development workshops for self-employed arts


Short-term accommodation is available in the four cottages located in a quaint 1850s heritage
building at the rear of the complex. The cottages offer a mix of shared and private room
accommodation with capacity for sleeping up to a maximum of 11 - 12 guests in bunks, QS &
double beds. Located in the centre of town, the property is close to the river and only 100m
from the supermarket, hotels and eateries. The cottages are ideal for residential workshops,
group / family bookings. Facilities include shared kitchen and bathrooms, free onsite parking
and an onsite laundry. Rates start from $44pp for 2xnights+ or $55pp for 1 night stays and
includes linen and GST.