Something for everyone here at the Yorkshire school of sewing

Hello, and welcome to ‘The Yorkshire School of Sewing’
Built on reputation, high professional standards of tuition are given to help you achieve a perfect fit and finish to all your dressmaking, pattern drafting and soft home furnishings.
All aspects of dressmaking are taught from beginners, those wishing to return to sewing after some time, through to people who want to develop their skills and knowledge to the advanced couture levels, being a specialist in fitting, I can show you how to achieve a perfect fit to all your garments.
It’s such a satisfying feeling when you wear one of your own creations and receive great comments from others on how wonderful you look, and how clever you are to have made it!
Should anyone want to learn something that is not included in the list of Workshops/courses – no problem! Just let me know and I will endeavour to include your requirements in future Workshops

This entry was posted on February 11, 2019. 1 Comment

Hello, and welcome to ‘The Yorkshire School of Sewing’

Built on reputation, high professional standards of tuition are given to help you achieve a perfect fit and finish to all your dressmaking, pattern drafting and soft home furnishings.

All aspects of dressmaking are taught from beginners, those wishing to return to sewing after some time, through to people who want to develop their skills and knowledge to the advanced couture levels, being a specialist in fitting, I can show you how to achieve a perfect fit to all your garments.

It’s such a satisfying feeling when you wear one of your own creations and receive great comments from others on how wonderful you look, and how clever you are to have made it!
Should anyone want to learn something that is not included in the list of Workshops/courses – no problem! Just let me know and I will endeavour to include your requirements in future Workshops

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A gentle reminder!!

Discount entry tickets for the Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate don’t miss your opportunity!

Hello everyone hope this finds you well and raring to go again now the sewing season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking of making your special winter coat. Maybe using beautiful cashmere with an easy chic pattern is just so classic. Or maybe it’s a new slinky Christmas outfit you’re thinking of – and of course learning new skills along the way
Lots has been happening since the last newsletter, a real variety of classes with satisfying results for everyone. Below you will see, ‘just some’ of the great things ladies have been creating recently.

My Pink Chanel style jacket

At long last, the ‘pink Chanel style jacket is complete’ – well nearly, I think I ought to add pockets onto this now.

Overlocking class sept

Oowww those overlockers can be tricky to use, but once you get to grips with them they produce such beautifull finishes to your garments, and not only that, you’d be surprised at just what other things they can do for your dressmaking.
Happy ladies now with tight neat necklines using stretch knit fabric.
Aaahh – that’s how you do it!!

Sheilas wedding coat 2   Sheilas wedding coat 1

Sheila used a Vogue vintage pattern to produce this beautiful Mother of the Groom wedding outfit – using a very pale green vintage look fabric, bought at Fine Fabrics in Harrogate

2 Janets in their perfet fit dresses
Also above, we have Janet & Janet, both ladies had struggled for many years being disappointed with things they had made because of a bad fit. At the end of the ‘fit to flatter dress’ class they couldn’t believe just how well their toiles fitted and of course, when these are made up in good quality fabric they will be even better!

Janet's suede jacket                                  Linda's sued jacket

Two good pals and experienced sewers, Linda and Janet from the North East. They have been to many of the classes, but wanting to stretch their knowledge and skills, stepping out of their comfort zone using more specialist fabrics. These quick easy jackets were made from suede- and what a finish! they got just what they wanted in the colour they wanted and loved every minute of making them using the special techniques needed for working with such materials.

Lisa's toile masterclass           Lisa's Masterclass in fitting toile

Lisa in her basic starter toile – How did we get this perfect fabbie fit? This was constructed on the masterclass on fitting. On this class we look in great detail at the fit of skirts, bodices, and sleeves, analysing ‘your’ figure to a fine degree making comparisons against commercial patterns.
Lisa now has the all important ‘knowledge’ on how to get the perfect fit for her figure, regardless of which pattern she uses. She now knows why, patterns don’t fit, where to make the amendments for her, and how to do this – easy when you know how!!

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As mentioned in my previous newsletter, as a thank you to all my subscribers, you can receive a special discount on tickets.

So instead of £17 for an adult ticket on the door, you will pay just £12.00 – simply visit the following website:
http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/Harrogate
and click ‘book tickets’ or call 0844 581 1319 and quote code TEACH17 when prompted.

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Learning new skills is always good for our wellbeing and gives us a real boost when we produce something that’s beautifully made and above all – ‘it fits perfectly’ !!

Whether it’s starting at the beginning, or moving onto make couture garments to a high quality standard, there’s something for everyone who loves sewing – all details can be found on the link below:

Gift Vouchers for Christmas

As Christmas is looming, those ‘Gift Vouchers’ either for you or someone else are always a real worthwhile and meaningful gift.

Just drop me a line and they’ll be over to you in a jif

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Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate IC

Thursday 22nd November – Sunday 25th November

Teaching this year every day at the Learning curve workshops

Come and see me at the show – Hall Q
Details of all classes and a calendar of dates can be found on my website below:

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

http://www.yorkshireschoolofsewing.wordpress.com

Email: theyorkshireschoolofsewing@outlook.com

Tel: 07532 110 219

 

Show Special – for the Knitting and Stitching Show 2018 Harrogate

SHOW SPECIAL
Discount entry tickets for the Knitting and Stitching show 2018 Harrogate

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all well and I’m sure it goes without saying that you must have thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful summer we’ve had this year!!!!

However, as we move into Autumn now, that means ‘Sewing Season’ and also preparations are being made for the forthcoming Knitting and Stitching Show at the Harrogate Convention Centre 22nd – 25th November 2018

The first 5 people to book a class or purchase a Christmas voucher, will receive a free complimentary ticket from me into the show, (valid for Thursday Friday and Sunday only)

Also, as a thank you to all the subscribers to my newsletter, you can receive a special discount on tickets.

Instead of £17 for an adult ticket on the door,  you will pay just £12.00 – simply visit the following website: www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/Harrogate and click ‘book tickets’ or call 0844 581 1319 and quote code TEACH17 when prompted.

lorraine Heppenstall draw winnwe 2017

Lorraine enjoying her free ‘Fit to flatter dress’ day she won with the Yorkshire School of Sewing at last year’s show

Hopefully, everyone will take full advantage of the discounted entry tickets on offer.

I’m not exhibiting this year at the show but will be teaching a variety of classes at the Learning Curve workshops. I will be at the show every day, generally around the Learning Curve area, so hope to see you there.

It would be lovely to catch up again with all you lovely ladies who come along to the classes, and of course, I want to see you in the beautiful garments you’ve made.
Also, anyone who hasn’t been able to make any of the classes yet, please come and have a chat.

So, have fun, and don’t forget to wear your flatties – oh, and your credit cards too. There’s so many goodies to buy, and thinking of Christmas, don’t forget the ‘Gift Vouchers’ I have available – get organised early!!

Will be in touch again very soon

Details of all classes and a calendar of dates can be found on the tool bar above

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

 

 

 

Couture summer sewing

Well, I can’t let this news update go without of course mentioning the Royal wedding of Harry and Megan – I had an overlocking class that day but we all agreed to have an extended lunch and stayed over later in the afternoon – no one wanted to miss the 1st sighting of the ‘dress’. It was a little too plain for me, thought it could have had some subtle embellishment of pearls and crystals to enhance the bodice – but hey, everyone to their own! and she did look beautiful.

royal wedding dresscelebs wedding outfitsThen what did you think of the above line up of celebs in all their fine glory – not everyone’s choice of style I know, but great to see what they were wearing and no doubt paid astronomical amounts of money for such creations. None of these, or the wedding dress, were anything that we couldn’t make ourselves with professional guidance and advice. Not only looking fab in your choice of outfit, but just loving every moment of every stitch to create it, so come and join one of the classes and let me show you all the special techniques tips and trick to make you look and feel wonderful in your summer outfits.

claire bridal lace top
After running a couture bridal gown course earlier in the year, I’ve now put in an additional course over the next few weeks – so far, on day 1 we discussed in great details just what looks good for each individual, made pattern amendments and constructed bodice toiles to ensure the perfect fit for each. – see above Claire’s perfect fitted bodice. Using a pretty silk Dupion foundation we worked on the initial stages of sculpturing the embroidered lace overlay – so lovely to do!!

Clair's Bridal bodice back view
So whether it’s making your own wedding gown, perhaps wanting to develop your own bridal business or making an outfit for an important occasion. Think about learning to make your own in exactly the style and colour you want, supported by professional guidance and specialist fitting knowledge to make you, or anyone else, look and feel wonderful !!

Trouser pattern drafting 13.6.Just some more shots of a recent trouser pattern drafting class, all these lovely ladies going home very happy after the experience of the day and of course a wonderful fit pattern for each, all tested first by the toile fit.

lorraine Heppenstall draw winnwe 2017

Above we have the lovely Lindsay Heppenstall, the lucky winner from the free draw at the Knitting and Stitching show last November. Lindsey chose to come along to one of the ‘Fit to flatter dress’ classes in May.
She just couldn’t believe it when her name was pulled out of the draw and was so excited about coming along to the class. Lindsey felt she had learned an awful lot on the day and thoroughly enjoyed the company of the other ladies in the class and now rekindling her love of sewing again.

Just to let you know that the Knitting and Stitching show will be here again very soon, taking place on Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th November at the Conference centre in Harrogate.

Details of all classes and a calendar of dates can be found on my website below.

Happy summer sewing and catch up again soon.

Warmest wishes to you all
Gillian

All classes take place at Roundhay North Leeds and also Harrogate

http://www.yorkshireschoolofsewing.wordpress.com

Email: theyorkshireschoolofsewing@outlook.com

Tel: 07532110219

This entry was posted on June 20, 2018. 2 Comments

New Spring outfits to make you look good and feel proud you made it all yourself

Well here it is at last – some warm sunshine, how long have we waited for this? Lets just hope it’s a sign of things to come – we’ll see!!
It doesn’t matter really what the weather is like, most of us carry on sewing regardless. This is something I just love to do – sewing outside, get under that parasol and off you go – a perfect day – sun, sewing, and satisfying! The feel good factor !
Talking of feeling good – Did you know that there is some science behind why we love to sew? The British Psychological Society has carried out some research on how clothes make us feel. It’s obvious that most of us are well aware of the power of clothing to affect how other people perceive us, but what about the power of our clothes to affect our own thoughts? It’s called ‘enclothed cognition’ – How what we wear affects how we think – oooowwww
‘’Clothes can have profound and systematic psychological and behavioural consequences for their wearers,” the researchers say.
Well, that really does happen doesn’t it. When we’re lucky enough to be able to make our own clothes and busy sewing, it gives us happy thoughts and makes us feel really good when we wear something we’ve made, and especially when we receive complements on our skills.
So, if you want to improve your enclothed cognition, come and step up your skills to another level and further develop your knowledge as a seamstress, making beautiful clothes that make you look and feel wonderful.
I’m sure one of the many classes on offer will help you succeed whatever your sewing projects might be.
To help you do this, here’s just some of the classes that’s coming up soon:
• Couture bridal gowns – Tuesday 15th May
• Sewing and fitting with knits – Wednesday 16th May
• Know your overlocker – Saturday 19th May
• Fit to flatter trouser pattern drafting – Wednesday 13th June
• Start at the very beginning – Saturday 16th June
For full details of all classes see the calendar by clicking here.

Alfresco sewing for me, I just love this – let’s hope it continues!!

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Due to popular demand another overlocking class has been added this month – a must to help you overcome your fears of using these, they’re great – when you know how – see above

 

Sheila in her lovely dress with a fabulous fit she made on the sewing and fitting with knits class

 

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Dare I say, a full back view of my derriere, aahh!! but just to show you that if I can get a good fit on trousers for my rear, anybody can achieve the same with making your own trouser pattern.

This entry was posted on May 26, 2018. 2 Comments