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

New Year from the Yorkshire school of sewing

Well hello again and Happy New Year to you all!!!

With Christmas all behind us, it’s time now for you to give yourself some ‘me’ time and attention to do the things you want to do, get cracking and pick up your sewing again and make yourself something wonderful.

So, if you need to start at the beginning, or you are a ’returner’ to sewing like lots of people, and just want to brush up on your skills to gain more confidence, or even a more experienced sewer, who would like something more challenging, then I can help. It doesn’t matter what level you are, there is something for everyone. Small friendly groups and a day packed full of information for you to improve your skills and knowledge.

If you’re reading this and thinking, yes, I’d like to attend one of these classes, but it’s difficult for me to get there, as I don’t drive, or, it’s too far to drive. Worry not, as any concerns about travelling then just come to Leeds or Harrogate on the train and I will arrange for you to be picked up from the rail station and taken back –it’s as easy as that.

Who received a new sewing machine or overlocker for Christmas? but not sure how to get the full use out of it, or even get to grips with the basics. Well there is just the class for you over the next couple of months and some dates at the weekends:

Know your sewing machine   Sunday 31st January

Know your overlocker           Saturday 27th February and Wednesday 30th March

Although there are many ways these days to gain information on how to do something, it has been proven that there is nothing like being physically shown how to achieve a task. Coming along to classes allows you to be shown clearly, at your own pace and having the opportunity to ask questions if you’re not sure, all of which, provides you with much more confidence to go home and put into practice what you learnt on the day. Of course, above all, meeting likeminded people making friends and just having a fun day!

I have many ladies who come back time and time again to continue making improvements to their sewing skills, fitting, and couture finishes, all of which leads to great satisfaction knowing that their garments have that stylish, polished, professional look!

The basis of getting ‘that finish’ is not only the skill of beautiful sewing but the all-important ‘fit’ and having someone to specifically fit to you is invaluable. The two specific courses for this are the ever popular ‘fit to flatter dress’ – getting that perfect fit for you – also the ‘fit to flatter trouser pattern drafting’ – using only ‘your’ specific measurements to achieve a fabulous comfortable fit. Also ‘The little black dress’ going home with a beautiful well fitted dress with couture detail finishes.

Above I have only highlighted just a few of the classes, but of course there is much more to choose from, for quick easy reference I have listed below all courses available:


  • Start at the very beginning
  • Sewing essentials for a professional finish – a very informative class – picking up so many tips and tricks of the trade with easy methods and beautiful finishes!


  • Perfect fit to flatter dress
  • General pattern fitting solutions

Pattern drafting:

  • Perfect fit to flatter trousers
  • Pattern drafting skirts

Couture Luxury sewing

  • Chanel style jackets
  • Couture skirts
  • Little black dress
  • Easy chic coats and jackets

Machine sewing:

  • Know your sewing machine
  • Know your overlocker


  • Soft furnishings
  • Help at hand day – bring your sewing problems or own projects to work on
  • Fitting and sewing knit fabrics

Full details for each of the courses and a calendar of dates can be found on this website  – courses available, course calendar and have a look at the reviews!.

 Since the New Year people have already booked for a variety of classes over the coming months. So if you too would like to attend any of the forthcoming informative and friendly classes, please just let me know and I will send you a booking form to reserve your place. If you need any further information on anything, please call me any time and I will be happy to help.

(If you would like to attend any of the classes but the dates don’t fit with you, just let me know and I’m sure we can work something out that’s convenient for you)

Classes held in Roundhay North Leeds and Fine Fabrics of Harrogate