Make Your Own

Event Categories: Beginners, Dressmaking, Dressmaking Courses, Dressmaking Sub Category, Fitting, New Courses for 2019, Special Occasion Wear, Tailoring and Tailoring Courses.

Do you want to make an outfit for a special occasion? Are you struggling with fitting? Then come & join us for one or more days on our Make Your Own course to sew your own projects. You will work at your own pace. Bring along your material & pattern & make it up with Michelle there to help you through the difficult bits.

Born Again Dressmaker

Event Categories: Beginners, Dressmaking, Dressmaking Courses and New Courses for 2019.

Born Again Dressmaker. Do some or all of the following apply to you? Returning to dressmaking after a long break? Wanting a more professional finish? Can’t buy the dress you have in mind? Have a little more time to sew for yourself & others? Then this is the course for you! A one day course for experienced beginners. On the day we will be going through basics in Preparation, Construction, & Finishing touches. The preparation section will include notes on measurements, choosing fabrics & making simple pattern adjustments along with samples of the best interfacings to choose. Construction will have

‘True’ Couture Corselette

Event Categories: Dressmaking and Special Occasion Wear.

Want a closer look inside special occasion wear! then join your tutor Michelle Pye on this fantastic workshop. ‘The True Couture Corselette’ created both by Terry Fox & Michelle. A technique now in great demand as we see trends move into fluid evening & bridal designs. This technique has been devised by studying gowns of the true greats in couture, such as Balanciaga, Dior, Balmain & can you believe Norman Hartnell’s design “Flowers of France for H.M. The Queen. The workshop has been divided into two days, The Cut & The Finish. ‘True’ Couture Corselette, Day 1 . Cutting &

Fit to Finish II – Jackets C12

Event Categories: Fitting.

Fit to Finish II. Using the same formula as the original course, we now tackle jackets. Problems which occur with sleeves, collars & lapels will be covered as well as basic fitting problems. Calico toiles will be provided for you to try on & your personal alterations pinned in, then you do the alterations to a commercial pattern & make a toile with the altered pattern for fine tuning. Students leave this course with a perfect jacket pattern plus a ‘how to’ manual completely filled out for you. Book early as this will be a very popular course and places

Speed Tailored Jacket. Four Day Workshop

Event Categories: New Courses for 2019, Tailoring and Tailoring Courses.

When you have that perfectly fitting pattern, join me & make a beautiful fully lined speed tailored jacket. This method of tailoring enables you to make a crisp manufactured jacket. Using the latest interfacings available no pad stitching and very little hand sewing. You provide a plain fabric (there is no time for matching checks or stripes on the course) suitable for speed tailoring. Matching lining cotton and buttons, & basic body interfacings. I’ll provide all the rest of the  notions & know how. We will work on half the jacket on the day of the course & for homework

Match Your Checks

Event Categories: Dressmaking, Dressmaking Courses and New Courses for 2019.

Match Your Checks. The attention to detail and the impeccable craftsmanship is the true essence of couture. This workshop is all about the preparation and matching of checks, stripes & chevrons. In the couture workrooms this would be one persons responsibility only. A true master of his or her profession. A unique formula will be given for jackets & coats, so you are able to match seams all around & shoulder seams. We will discuss how to apply a collar in the traditional way so the checks match at the collar through to lapels. We will of course cover matching

Traditional Tailoring Sample C51

Event Categories: Tailoring and Tailoring Courses.

If you can’t afford the time or expense of our full six -day traditional tailoring course, then this is the course for you. Two days to make a sample half jacket using the traditional tailoring methods. We will cover everything from canvassing the jacket & fixing it with pad stitching to finishing off the jacket with pricked stitched edges & beautiful hand worked buttonholes. You will go home with a half jacket, so when you come to make your own jacket at home, you will have your own three -dimensional reference book there in front of you to guide you

Wrap in a Day C46

Event Categories: Lingerie Courses.

Wrap in a Day. Imagine getting out of a shower or bath and slipping into a beautiful, lace trimmed satin wrap. Well here is your chance to make one. A one day course to make a luxurious satin wrap. Feel like a million dollars every time you slip into this wrap. The wrap will be trimmed with beautiful cotton lace to add luxury, usually only found in the most expensive lingerie. Learn how to handle this slippery fabric and create a wrap just for you. Techniques include, French Seams, lace insertion and making the belt. I will cut out the

Couture Boned Bodice

Event Categories: Dressmaking, New Courses for 2019 and Special Occasion Wear.

The Couture Boned Bodice is an exceptional one day workshop, especially for those who are about to plan for a special gown. Although the concept of couture engineering is an eye opening experience for anyone with purely an interest in fashion, the couturiers or dressmaking. Using this special formula you can create the most wonderful Boned Bodice suitable for all fabrics from rich velvets to the finest of silks. Eliminate the problems of wrinkling, less than perfect joints, painful boning poking through and limp bodices. You will be taken through all the stages of completing a bodice – covering interlayering,

Skirts, Bustles & Bows

Event Categories: Dressmaking, Dressmaking Courses, New Courses for 2019 and Special Occasion Wear.

Skirts, Bustles & Bows. This day contains a full collection of dress variations with couture techniques for creating individual designs for that special occasion. A selection of skirt styles will be made by all including richly pleated trains with their correct interlining, full gathered skirts, plus interlining. Also tips for quick, even gathering and triple cord gathering for rich fabrics. Over and under bustling trains for the evening. False hems, padded and weighted hems, horsehair braid, lining and adding separate petticoats, satin bindings for net or veil edges. Finally adding a few romantic touches with two piece bows, fabric roses and