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

Spring News

Although officially we are now in Springtime, it really doesn’t feel like it.  I am anxious to wear my recently created floral Summer dress, but I can’t bring myself to pack away my Winter woollies. Brrrrr……… it’s much too cold at the moment so my dress will have to hang in the wardrobe a while longer!  I guess I may be feeling the cold a little more than usual though as I have just returned from a ‘special treat’ holiday in Miami.  The weather was just lovely – sun and blue skies every day.

Whilst I was there, would you believe it – I came across a wonderful fabric shop.  It was an Aladdin’s cave.  Vast stocks of beautiful ‘haute couture’ off the cat walk fabrics were draped everywhere.  The temptation to buy was overwhelming – I could have filled my suitcase to bursting!!  That temptation soon waned though when I saw the price – £300-£500 per yard!!!   Yes, per yard.

Miami is certainly the place to go if you want ‘real McCoy’ designer fabrics.  If you get the opportunity to holiday there I would recommend you spare some time to visit the fabric shop.  It is called Rex Fabrics on 37th Street.  It’s well worth a visit – but, remember to take your credit card with you!!!!! Be warned!

Ah well! Back to reality now!  However, on our door step here, we do have the lovely ‘Fine Fabrics’ shop in Harrogate.  Here you will find there is a good selection of quality fabrics which are sensibly priced.  Sandra, the owner of Fine Fabrics, now has a fabulous new website up and running http://www.finefabricsofharrogate.co.uk/.

Despite being cold, Springtime is the time things start to get busy with Weddings, the Races and Holidays.  These are all occasions when we need something special to wear.  Why spend your hard earned cash in the High Street – come along and make your own individual outfit and feel the satisfaction of making something yourself. Whether you want a day or evening dress, or a pair of trousers, all to fit you perfectly and in beautiful fabrics, then we can help.  You can learn professional couture techniques to construct your garments and how to get to grips with the overlocker to achieve a smart neat finish on the inside and outside of your garment.  No one will ever know you made it yourself, and no one else will have anything like it!

The good old  Chanel style Jacket workshops have been very busy this month – these are what lots of women are wanting to wear these days, including the news readers!  The jacket looks chic and complements any outfit, whether it’s for formal evening  wear or wearing with your jeans, and especially using some of the fabulous tweeds or boucle fabrics we have around today.

As women (and not forgetting the men out there) we all like to look and feel good, so whatever your style, we’ve got the ‘know how’  workshops to cover all your learning needs to help you produce professional and perfect fitting outfits. All details can be found on my site!

If you would like to book any of the Workshops just complete the booking form at the back of the booklet and email it to me to secure your place.   Of course if wish to contact me, then please feel free to call at any time.

Workshops take place in both Leeds and Harrogate which I hope provides convenient accessible venues for most people – venue details given at the time of booking.

Happy Sewing!!


PS.  Have you been watching the ‘Great British Sewing Bee’.  It would be interesting to know what you think of it?   I thought it could have been more educating /instructive and include detailed information.  However, I do realise it is more of an entertainment programme and we shouldn’t complain.   At least it shows we sewers are being acknowledged in the World!   I hear it is inspiring many more people to come back to sewing and encouraging beginners to take up this great skill.  If lots of positive feedback is given, who knows, they may decide to have more programmes on such things.