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
A very warm welcome to you all
Just want to say how lovely it was to meet so many new people at the Knitting and Stitching Show this year, also catching up again with ladies who have attend previous workshops – and all looking ‘pretty smart’ and ‘proud’ to be wearing their lovely garments they have been making, specially the Vintage styles.
It seems the show was a great success again, and so exciting to see lots of wonderful things to inspire we creative people! I’m sure you all went home with many bags of fabric, haberdashery and even new sewing machines/overlockers, all raring to go to produce a lovely new outfit. (classes available for you to get full use out of these machines – see the website) I was, as usual tempted, and bought some wonderful Prada fine wool. Ooowwww so smart, just need some inspiration as to what to do with and some time to make it up..
This, like previous years, so many people came along, and good to see an increasing numbers of younger girls attending, it’s amazing just how much interest there is in sewing again, it becomes more and more popular each year. I think more people are realising that being able to make your own clothes, not only means, you can have what ‘you’ want, but is really satisfying and feeling proud – you made it!!
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 a more experienced sewer, but 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. All details of current workshops, for 2017 can be found on the website below – Calendar of dates attached above. If dates don’t always fit for you just let me know, at times I’m able to make some changes.
Every year I make something that I hope will inspire ladies (and some men too) to come along and get sewing again – this year using my lovely bright pink blouse and spotty little skirt adds a touch of glamour. Not everyone’s taste I know, but I like a little bit of bling to brighten us up. However, believe it or not, yet again, that ‘little green jacket’ proved to generate so much interest. Whilst the Chanel style jacket is wonderful to make, the green jacket is a garment that most people could create without having lots of sewing experience. If this is something you would like to do, you will see I have put additional dates in for Thursday 19th January – Sunday 29th January – Wednesday 8th February – and Saturday 4th March in both Leeds and Harrogate. So come and make it yourself. Just bring 1.5mtrs of boiled wool or similar type – I will provide the pattern and the knowhow for you to achieve this yourself.
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 a more experienced sewer, but 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. All details of current workshops, and a calendar of dates for 2017 can be found on the website below – If dates don’t always fit for you just let me know, at times I’m able to make some changes.
At the show the Gift Vouchers also proved to be very popular – still not too late though, if you would like to buy them for someone, or to get someone to buy them for you as a worthwhile Christmas present, just let me know, and I will send them out to you immediately. Available in denominations of £10, £20, £30 & £40.
Finally, I am happy to announce that the Free Prize Draw was won by Lorraine Stephenson, just waiting for Lorraine to confirm back. Then she can come along and be introduced to the wonderful world of sewing. Sorry to everyone else, but I hope you will still come along to learn the skills and gain the knowledge needed to create beautiful garments.
If you would really like to improve your fitting/sewing skills before Christmas, there is just one last place available on the ‘Fit to flatter trousers pattern drafting’ Wednesday 14th December, in Roundhay North Leeds – just in time for a perfect pair of super fitting trouser for Christmas – let me know if you do.
Anyone looking for a ‘sewing machine for Christmas’ I do have a stock of the Singer brilliance 6180 which is a very good machine and a very reasonable price. The ‘Singer’ has been tried and tested for many many years and always reliable – these are all brand new boxed and only £155. If you would like one, please just let me know.
So I would now just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and successful 2017, when we can get together to share our interest. Why not make it your New Year’s Resolution to learn more about making lovely smart outfits for yourself, getting the fit right, and looking great in them!!!
Classes held at Fine Fabrics in Harrogate and Roundhay Leeds
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.
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!