Boro Boro Jacket

Make a unique stitched jacket

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In this class, you'll explore Boro - a Japanese style of stitching and mending - as you make your own unique jacket.

Select your own jacket pattern and cut out your lining and interlining prior to the class - choose an interesting lining fabric and a flannelette interlining for warmth. A variety of stitching techniques will be introduced in class, including pictorial motifs, as you over-patch to create hand-stitched fabric that will form the outer layer of your jacket. Using a variety of securing techniques, you'll lay patches in a random order or planned pattern to build up the outer layer of decorative stitched fabric. 

You'll then be guided through the process of assembling your jacket.

Dates: "Meet & Greet" Friday evening 17 August from 5:30pm. This will be an introduction to your fellow students and to the class, including time for you to ask questions and make sure you have all materials you need.

Class: Saturday & Sunday 18/19 August, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Follow up meeting: Friday 24 August, time TBA. This will be the time for you to show your finished jacket to your classmates, or to get help with finishing techniques. 

Class fee: $255

Tutor: Alan Tremain

Materials, notes and instructions (please see below for a full list of materials): 

Patterns should not be too boxy and have as few darts, tucks or pleats as possible, and be loose fitting without being shapeless. If using an ‘old’ pattern please get your tape measure out and check your measurements. You may be surprised! If you have rounded shoulders you may consider a raglan sleeve style as this jacket will be reversible. 

Suggested patterns- Kwik Sew K4004, K4086 K4030, K3531. McCall’s M7000, M7201, M7132. Burda 7700, 6736, 6505. Butterick B6422. Preferred pattern Vogue Jacket V8430. 

Interlining is best made from an old, well washed flannelette sheet, or new flannel that has been well washed to ensure it has fully shrunk. If it has a stripe this will make pattern cutting easier. 

Fabric for the patchwork layer can be a wide variety of fibre content as long as it can be easily pierced by your needle; we will be hand sewing through 3 layers. Cotton, linen, silk, ramie, hemp, and blends thereof are fine. Vintage rayon is also useful as long as it is still strong. Bring your own selection, or shop beforehand from Opendrawer's many beautiful fabrics, both new and vintage. 

You will be expected to arrive at class with your lining and your interlining cut out, both ready for partial assembly. If you find this a daunting task, don’t panic - we can do it in class. Cut all pieces with a standard dressmaking seam allowance, as a lot of edges will be bound including this seam allowance to allow for stitching take up.

About Alan: Alan Tremain is a prize-winning, professional textile artist and Australia’s longest practising male quilt designer. He tutors on the Central Coast of New South Wales and has over 40 years’ experience. Alan operates as Oz Quilt Design and co-ordinates the design of exhibitions, projects, workshops and classes using textiles as a common medium.

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What you will learn
  • Students will learn to make a unique, Boro style jacket
What you will get
  • Your own Boro stitched jacket and the skills to continue experimenting with Boro

What to bring
  • Sewing machine, and usual sewing kit including spare machine needles, long sharp glass headed pins, sharp scissors, hand sewing threads (cotton, silk & left over odds and ends), and sashiko needles (available at Opendrawer)
  • Jacket pattern, cotton lining fabric, old flannelette sheet for interlining, lots of scrap fabric for outer covering patchwork layer, 8 inch square of lining and interlining fabric
  • Vliesofix Tape T6 (6 mm x 15 m) iron-on tape, spray starch (eg Fabulon pump pack 500ml ‘Linen Breeze’), acid free and washable glue stick (Paper Mate from Officeworks is good), note pad, pen & pencil
What to wear

Comfortable clothing for crafting

Appropriate for

Adults 18 and over interested in creating a unique clothing item



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Be enticed by the colour and texture of Opendrawer. Founded by Robyn Steel-Stickland (& co.) in 2010, we are a retail gallery for handmade artist product from all around Australia, a vintage and textile art supply wonderland, and a workshop centre for people of all skill levels. At Opendrawer, you'll learn skills, techniques and ideas that encourage you to find your own creativity.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.

If Opendrawer cancels a workshop, you will be given a full refund or can choose a replacement workshop to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is necessary due to insufficient enrolments.

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Terms & Conditions

A $10 admin fee applies to all changes of date/workshop bookings.

Cancellations made within two weeks of the booked workshop will forfeit 50% of the advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.

Cancellations made within 24 hours of the workshop will forfeit the full advertised fee - or you may find a replacement student.

If for any reason you decide that the workshop you have done or are doing does not suit you, then that is a personal decision and no refund will be given.

A minimum of five people are required for a workshop to run. Opendrawer reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the minimum booking is not achieved. Full refunds will be given or a replacement workshop offered to the same value as the workshop being cancelled. You will be notified at least 2 days before the due date of the workshop if cancellation is deemed necessary. Unfortunately, due to the workshop timetable, no makeup classes are available.

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10 September 2018 • Boro Boro Jacket

A great class - inspiring and friendly. I've still got a lot of stitching still to do, but I look forward to the finished jacket.