French Jacket Class

November 7-13, 2022


Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

About the instructors:

This 7 day class, taught by Mary Funt and Helen Haughey, will take you through the steps to create your own designer French jacket. After perfecting the fit of your mockup, we will explore how to lay out, cut and shape the fabric. You’ll have two experienced instructors to guide you through the construction process. We will also examine couture finishing techniques such as hand-worked buttonholes and creating a custom trim to perfectly coordinate with your fabric.

Mary Funt has more than 25 years of experience in creating couture bridal and evening wear. She has studios in New York and Palm Beach. In addition to working with private clients, Mary also writes a blog, Cloning Couture, which discusses many details of couture sewing and is a regular contributor to Threads Magazine.  She teaches privately in-person and on-line and is a member of Association and Design Professionals (ASDP).

Helen Haughey has been creating couture level garments for 20 years, with studios in Orlando and Vero Beach, Florida. Helen is a contributor to Threads Magazine, posts regularly on social media and maintains an Etsy shop. She teaches group and private in-person classes. Helen has been a member of ASDP since 2007, receiving her MSDP certification in 2012 and has served on the Board as VP of Conference Planning. In 2018 Helen was awarded Best Overall Garment for her entry in the Threads Challenge and is currently the coordinator of the ASDP/Threads Challenge.

A block of rooms at a discounted rate is available at the DoubleTree Hotel where the class is being held. The hotel is located within walking distance of a Publix grocery, Starbucks, Cafe Chardonnay for fine dining and several other shops. The Gardens Mall is a 5 minute drive.

Link for room booking. The discounted rate should be $129/night plus taxes.

You may also call 1-800-445-8667. Our group code is MSC

If you have any difficulty, please contact Arielle Baird at 561-776-2928 and she will assist you.

You are free to secure other accommodations if more convenient.