Cecelia Podolak , Material Things


  • Clothing Specialist, MSc in Clothing, Textiles & Merchandising

  • Professor/Lecturer at University of British Columbia

  • Specializes in Jacket Construction, Patterns & Pressing

  • Author of Best-Selling Threads Book, Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets

  • Producer of Highly Acclaimed Video, Fearless Pressing

  • Designer, The Classics, Jacket Patterns for Real Bodies

  • Conducts West Coast Sewing Get-A-Ways, Jacket & Fitting Workshops

Sewers at all levels are excited with how easy it is to use this best-selling book to help create professional-looking jackets. Easy styling options and best fabric choices are shown on actual jackets that have been sewn by the author using fast and easy industry techniques. This is a must- have book for your sewing library.

"Clearly explains how to sew simple...jackets. The result is still an elegant garment that defies detection as "homemade." -- B.Track, The Globe & Mail

"...quick-and-easy, classroom-tested industry techniques for making classic collarless jackets that rival the best ready-to-wear." -- A.Gosh, Sew News


The video shares tailor's secrets necessary for professionally-finished jackets. Demonstration close-ups with pressing tools show how to control moisture, heat, and pressure for interfacings and wool fabrics. Sewers will gain confidence pressing any fabric after mastering these techniques!

" A must for every skill level, this video will instill the confidence needed for pressing any type of fabric and garment." -- Vogue Pattern Magazine.

"Even if you think you already know how to press, an hour with Podlak will improve your skills." -- David Coffin, Threads

The Classics
Patterns by Cecelia Podolak, Material Things

  • Developed due to popular demand.

  • Combines the best of ready-to-wear and the sewing world.

  • Shoulder/neck fit correlates with the fit of the full bust.

  • Side panels for easy adjustment.

  • Back shoulder darts and shaped center back seam.

  • Two-piece sleeve with mock vent.

Pattern #101
Fearless Cardigan Jacket

Misses Sizes 2-10 (Bust 31"-37")
Misses Sizes 10-18 ( Bust 37"-43")

Pattern #102
Fearless Notched Collar Jacket

Misses Sizes 2-12 (Bust 31"-381/2")
Misses Sizes 12-24 (Bust 381/2"-471/2")

Both patterns include an illustrated 34-page instruction booklet and come in two size ranges (see above). With the exception of the welt pockets and notched collar, both patterns work with the Threads book, Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets and the video Fearless Pressing: Part 1, Jackets.

"...your pattern #101 is one of the very best I've ever used and with your excellent instructions, failure is an impossibility." --CN, Michigan

"Can't wait to try the new pattern. LOVE! the first one." --ER, Maryland

"Please send me your new pattern #102... I have made two jackets from your first pattern. I loved the finished garments and all the compliments I received." 
CS, Ontario

"Why did it take so long to get a pattern of this quality? The Fearless Cardigan Jacket is the best pattern I have ever seen or used." --MG, Washington, Creative Machine Newsletter

Order Info

West Coast Sewing Get-A-Way

Join Cecelia for the following workshops in 2002

Fearless Pattern Fitting:  May 31 to June 2,
Fearless Cardigan Jacket:  June 6 to 9 
Fearless Pants:  June 14 to 16 
Fearless  Jackets:  June 20 to 23 



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