Hello, and welcome to ‘The Yorkshire School of Sewing’. Hopefully, on this website there is something to interest everyone who loves to sew; from beginners, those wishing to return to sewing, through to the more experienced seamstresses amongst you who want to further develop your skills and knowledge and learn all the secrets of couture fashion. From a very early age, I too have always loved sewing with a passion! I have a needle and thread in my hand at every opportunity. This goes right back to the days of the swinging 60’s, making my first Mary Quant mini dress! With this passion, I went onto study fashion and design, and then on to support this with a teaching qualification. I first started teaching general dressmaking, and then developed onto teaching City and Guilds Fashion and Design, some 25 years ago. Dressmaking has become increasingly popular in recent years with both the young and the not so young ladies wanting to learn the skills of this wonderful craft, either just as a hobby, or to develop a career in Fashion and Design. It’s such a satisfying feeling when you wear one of your own creations and receive great comments from others on how fabulous you look, and how clever you are to have made it! There is a definite need for a Professional Sewing School here in the Northern region, so, from this, I created ‘The Yorkshire School of Sewing’. Classes are carried out both in Roundhay, North Leeds and at Fine Fabrics in Harrogate. At Fine Fabrics you will find there is a good selection of quality fabrics which are sensibly priced. Should anyone want to learn something that is not included in the workshops/courses – no problem! Just let me know and I will endeavour to include your requirements in future workshops. On the Contact Us page you will find my contact information, a booking form and enquiries page. There is also a calendar of dates when the classes will be running. I look forward to hearing from you soon and hopefully meeting you in the near future when we can share our interest and enthusiasm. Happy sewing!! Gillian

The Yorkshire school of sewing

November  2016 newsletter

Hello everyone, hope this finds you well and looking forward to Christmas!!

I’m sure you have all enjoyed the ‘not too bad weather’ we’ve had this summer and now getting back into what you love to do, like sewing!!!

Thinking of Christmas, if you would like to receive, or maybe give a gift voucher as a present please just email me and I will send these to you straight away.

Are you are thinking of getting a new sewing machine for Christmas as a present, and need some tuition to become confident using it, then just look at my calendar for New Year dates.

Or maybe you would like a new overlocker. Overlockers, have become a must for lots and lots of people this year – these are great aids to your sewing but are feared by many. Like everything, once you are shown and have the ‘knowledge’ you very quickly become very confident and go home raring to overlock everything in sight. Even making a quick easy top, completely using the overlocker is started in the class.

Continued Learning

Just a quick update of what’s been happening in the last couple of months. More and more interested people coming along for the ‘start at the beginning’  realising just how wonderful it is to be able to sew, then progressing onto other classes to develop their skills further.

‘Sewing essentials for a professional finish’ is a really good class for those of you who are returners to sewing, after many years of concentrating on family and work, and now have more free time, or just simply want to achieve a beautiful professional finish to your work. 


A new Master class on fitting has been added to the collection of classes with a variety of dates for December and the New Year.

On this class we look very closely and refine the fit of commercial patterns to each individual – yes, even if you have a plus size figure, you will go home with the full knowledge on just ‘how’ to get it right for you in future. Concentration on all styles of the bodice, neck, bust, armholes, skirts and sleeves taking home a full set of well fitted  patterns.

Other fitting workshops are also available:

‘Perfect fit to flatter dress’ ladies always go home very pleased with the results of having a dress that fit them properly – always a good class to help with difficulties on fitting.

This also applies to the ‘prefect fit to flatter trouser pattern drafting’ class – large bottoms, flat bottoms, bigger tummies, long legs short legs – not a problem. With trousers just give up buying a commercial pattern they are all difficult to get a good fit – just make your own, again, you won’t be disappointed. 

Then of course the ‘little black dress’ number, everyone loves to make that special little something for themselves, on this class we get your dress to ‘fit perfectly’ and incorporate all the special couture finishes – enjoying every minute of creating a lovely dress.

Hope some of these are of interest to you, and of course a whole variety of other classes are available that I’m sure you will find help you achieve a beautiful finish to your garments.

For full details of all classes and a calendar of dates are available above. If some of the dates don’t suit, just let me know and I’m sure we can work something out for you.

All classes take place in either Roundhay Leeds and at Fine Fabrics in Harrogate

Any question please just let me know.

Enjoy  your sewing!