Tailoring

Today is the start of my six-day tailoring course. All the preparation is done. The fitting, pattern alterations, cutting out of the main fabric, lining and trimmings, all done. The little parcels of pieces are all ready for the start of the course. I’m getting very excited to start my
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Keeping Sewing Simple

One of my pet hates are instructions for making up garments which make things look too complicated. Nothing puts people off doing something than looking at really difficult instructions. I very rarely look at pattern instructions but have come across students who have started a project but have given up
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Writing a Book

When I was around 4 or 5 years old my mum taught me to read. Ever since then I have been fascinated by books. My ambition was to at some point write my own. I’ve started several books but never got much further than a few thousand words. Imagine my
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Tying Up Loose Ends

I have just realised that between this blog and my newsletter I have left a few loose ends. Photos I promised to post after projects were finished. So, here is the catch up so you can see what I’ve been doing. Just after Christmas I started to make a shirt
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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
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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
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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
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Teaching Under Covid Rules

I am managing to teach at the moment with a few changes to normal. To keep in line with government rules we all have to stay 2mtrs apart. This can cause a few problems when you are teaching sewing skills. I have re-arranged the workroom so that the workstations are
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