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English Couture was originally set up to provide the home dressmaker with quality products not available on the domestic market. I still continue to do this today. Some of the products are exclusive to us including Fusible Interfacings & our own Point Presser & Clapper, which is made here in Leicestershire by an expert craftsman. I brought together the products & the courses under one roof some years ago, so, now you can get the complete package in one go. Whether you are shopping & booking courses online, in person at the Syston shop or attending one of the many dressmaking & tailoring courses available, I try to maintain the highest standards I can. So you get the best service & expert advice possible.


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LATEST BLOGS

Fabric Bargains on the Website.

Just before the lockdown in November I had a delivery of fabric pieces in the shop. These pieces are usually snapped up by my students in the shop. I don’t normally put them on to the website as it takes so much time to do it, but, as I’m not teaching at the moment, I decided to put some of them on to the site. The picture shows just one of them. These fabrics are beautiful mainly pure wool fabrics. The length of each piece is on the site and I haven’t any more or less of this fabric. You will have to buy the piece if you want the fabric. Most of the pieces are around 2mtrs in length, so, there should be enough to make a jacket, coat or skirt on each piece. I could send out a sample of the fabric if necessary, but the piece will remain on the website and I only have one piece of each fabric. So, if it sells before you get the sample, I’m sorry. The cost of each piece is on the website but because they are only pieces the price is reduced, from the normal cost for pure wool. For the time being these are the only pieces I’m putting onto the website to see how they go, if there is a big demand for them, I will put on more. So, if you fancy grabbing a bargain this week, go ahead and order now. Once the piece is gone that’s it.

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year to everyone out there. I know we are in lockdown again but look on the brightside, more time to sew, more time to plan the garden and we don’t have to go out in the cold weather, it looks like we are in for some very cold weather, in some parts of Leicestershire this morning it was snowing quite heavily. (Not here in Syston of course!) I have, yet again made the same New Year resolution as I have for the last 20 odd years. Use up my fabric stash and not buy any more fabric!!! What a stupid resolution to make, I’m obviously not going to keep it. Although last year I did use up about 10 pieces from the stash, the only problem is I bought quite a few new ones which didn’t make it into the stash book!!! Maybe I should use my free time to update the stash book? No, get some sewing done! I, like most of you out there, buy fabric which I either like the colour or the feel of. It’s only when I get it home that I start to think about how I’m going to make it up. This happened when I got the new silky feel polyester satin in the shop just before Christmas. I had received a sample card of this fabric from the company I bought it from a few months ago and love the feel of it. When the stock arrived I just had to have some of both colours. I thought it would look great under my suits when I’m teaching. I have been sorting out all the Burda patterns I have drafted from the monthly books I get and came across this pattern, from 2007. I have made this shirt several times but always from a stretch cotton. The silky satin is quite a different challenge. So, I set to, and cut the shirt out. It was very well behaved considering how fine the fabric is, but the challenge was how to interface it without making it too stiff. You may remember me telling you about some new stretch fusible interfacing which we had in stock in December. Although I had tried this interfacing out on lots of scraps of different stretch fabrics before we had it in stock I hadn’t made a garment using it. So this was my chance. I like to start with the difficult bits first, so, I opted for the lightweight version of the stretch interfacing and I fused it to both sides of the collar, before making it up. I find this interfacing really easy to apply using the techniques in my video for applying fusible interfacings. It sticks very quickly, and stays stuck, no matter how much you stretch the fabric. The points of the collar turned very easily, this can be a difficult task with such sharp points. The collar  looks really good, this interfacing has added enough body to give the fabric some shape without losing the softness which first attracted me to it. Now, all I have to do is make the rest of the shirt up!! I’ll post a picture once it’s all done.

Students Work.

A few weeks ago I was sent these lovely pictures by a couple of my students who came on the course to make a jacket as origianally made by Mlle Chanel. On this course we follow the traditional way to make one of these jackets which envoles quilting the lining to the outside fabric. Both of the ladies used a Linton tweed for their jackets. The one above was nick named Tutti-Frutti by the lady making it. The other jacket is made in a more sober, but classy black and white fabric, this fabric could be worn with just about anything. The trims for these jackets were made using scraps left over, once the jackets were cut out. I love the pockets, which were added after this jacket was finished. These jackets are great. The idea behind the design was to make a jacket which was comfortable to wear when working but also to look smart. You can wear the jacket with a matching or contrast shirt or trousers. Over a dress or even teamed up with a pair of jeans. Judging by the smiles on the ladies faces in other photos, I think they were very pleased with their jackets. They really should be pleased they look great. I’m going to be running this course again next year, so if this has inspried you to have a go. You can book now. https://englishcouture.co.uk/event/make-the-classic-jacket-as-created-by-mlle-chanel/2021-10-27/ The course is not until later on in the year, so it should run without a hitch.

Hibernation

Here we are in hibernation again. I prefer the word hibernation as it sounds a lot cosier than lockdown. I’m trying to do some sewing again. For some time, I’ve been desperate for some new sweatshirt type garments, just for changing into at night when the day is done. A long time ago I made some hand painted sweatshirts. Ever since I’ve been wearing these sweatshirts, first of all over jeans, then for the gym and now for putting on at night. The paintings have faded a bit, but the fabric has now gone into holes, good job no one sees me! When I was making these sweatshirts, there was a factory in Leicester who made the fabric and matching ribbing. I used to go over there and buy fabric at around £3 per mtr. Of course, this factory has closed now and getting quality sweatshirt fabric is almost impossible. So, I went to a storage box I have stashed away, which contains all the left over bits of the fabric. Most of the pieces are not really big enough to make anything, but if you put your mind to it, you can create almost anything. I thought that the box only contained sweatshirt fabric but discovered that there are a few more things in there as well. More pieces of lingerie fabric and other bits and pieces not on the official stash list. Oooops!! In last months Burda magazine there was a lovely sweatshirt garment which appealed to me. Of course, there wasn’t enough of one piece to make the whole garment, but I found a piece of navy and white stripe, along with a plain piece of navy blue. The plain piece was big enough for the back of the sweatshirt and the stripe was enough to do the sleeves, but neither was big enough to cut out the front. The plain one was long enough but not wide enough, so I cut the outside of the piece as far as I could. Then I cut a long strip of the striped fabric going horizontally, (this was the shape left over from a previous project). This left me a bit short at the bottom with no fabric left  going the right way. So, I turned the fabric around and joined  it to the strip with the stripes going vertically, this created a design feature for the front of the sweatshirt. I then just joined the strip to the rest of the plain front and cut the neckline and bottom in line with the pattern. The left over bits and pieces formed the collar cuffs and bottom edge. I tried the sweatshirt out last night, it is very cosy and warm, so much so that I fell asleep within half an hour!! I have found a piece of red stretch velvet in the box which I’m sure would make the body of another one, I wonder what I can find to go with it? Try to keep sane at this time by sewing as much as you can.

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