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 &


Event Categories: Dressmaking, Dressmaking Courses and Dressmaking Sub Category.

Couture Finishes is a one day workshop for all abilities. You will leave this one day workshop with a lifetime of knowledge and a guarantee you will never make hand made clothes with a home-made finish again! Samples will be made of a zip placement that cannot go wrong, immediately cure the problem of spreading at the top of the zip and one side being shorter than the other. Tailored hems, no stitches to be seen. The bound buttonhole, totally created by hand, beautiful smooth tailored darts, Hong Kong finishing and tiny silk covered press studs, plus canvases that create perfectly

Ladies Professional Tailoring Six Day Course

Event Categories: Featured, Tailoring and Tailoring Courses.

Ladies Professional Tailoring Six Day Course is a tailoring course, which will give you the expertise at the end of six days to be able to make a jacket to a professional standard. At the same time you will be taking away a perfectly fitted garment in high quality cloth, to be admired by all & drooled over by people in the ‘know’. The course will commence with a toille fitting , arranged before the course starts, using a pattern of your choice. Michelle will do the fitting & make any alterations for the jacket. This will obtain a perfect

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

Extreme Pattern Drafting

Extreme Pattern Drafting is a different way of making patterns to fit you. No need to start with a blank piece of paper. The pattern companies have already done the boring bit for you. So you take their basic block & make it up. We do all the alterations for a personal fit. Once we have this master pattern it’s time to have some fun. Designing your own patterns is a doddle when you can simply draw the pattern design straight on to your toille & then cut the pattern from it. I’ll show you how to make all the

Under Your Vest – Waistcoat Making

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

Under Your Vest is a  course to give an insight to tailored waistcoats. The techniques covered are suitable for both ladies & gentlemen’s waistcoats. The correct interlinings for both traditional & speed tailored waistcoats will be investigated. Hand finished welt pockets & hand worked buttonholes, lining in the fronts & buckle back fastenings will be covered. The age- old problem of bulky shoulders not matching will also be solved with a simple trick straight from the tailoring workrooms. A great day out studying this versatile garment, with an award-winning waistcoat maker. Our workshops are run from our workroom above the