Sewing essentials for a professional finish

I just wanted to say thank you for yesterday, I was so nervous before I arrived but you put me at ease immediately & made me feel so welcome.
The day far exceeded my expectations, the things I learnt were amazing & your teaching style is lovely.
I will be booking the Overlocker course soon & will be looking at the other courses too.


Setting in sleeves
I just wanted to thank you for such an informative and jolly course I attended at the show in Harrogate – ‘How to set in sleeves’. Your system worked perfectly and I was delighted with how well the sleeve went in – albeit with a slight wobble on my stitching line.
I must say I cannot count the number of garments given up on when the sleeve head, despite my best efforts using other techniques, ends up a gathery mess. I now feel emboldened to start the linen jacket for my husband knowing that the sleeve head will sit perfectly and look professional.
Thank you once again and when Christmas and New Year are over I will look forward to coming on some more of your courses in Harrogate/Leeds

Sewing essentials for a professional finish
I just wanted to say another huge ‘thank you’ for such a lovely day, today. I really enjoyed it and feel I now have confidence to start making clothes again. There were a lot of tips and hints that will be really useful.
I have come home full of enthusiasm and may start, like Rachel, to make a simple cotton skirt, after I have made a ham, of course!

I would like to progress to the ‘fit to flatter dress’ day.

Joanne Holleran

Trouser pattern drafting 

Just wanted to say thanks for a great course yesterday.  I thought your teaching was excellent, very well explained, clear and simple with support there when we needed it. Intending to make some trousers when I have bought some suitable fabric. Will definitely book onto another course and allow myself more time at the end of the day!

many thanks again

Trouser pattern drafting

Thank you for a really lovely day. Your teaching is so clear and precise and
although the metric was a bit challenging for me I was pleased I didn’t revert
to feet and inches.
I’m looking forward to buying some really good fabric now and to taking another class.

Thank you once again     Brenda Spencer

Fit to flatter dress

I had a fantastic day yesterday at the fit to flatter dress workshop, I learnt a great deal including the correct position of my waist according to the pattern ! I’m delighted with my customized pattern, I will be returning to your future workshops. Gillian gave a wealth of knowledge in a very relaxed friendly manner . Andrea

Know your overlocker

Hi Gillian
Thank you for a fabulous day yesterday I feel more confident to get my machine out and have a go.
I look forward to joining you again.
Many many thanks.

Sewing essentials

Just wanted to say thank you so much for the class last week. I really feel like I learnt a lot and now have the confidence to do many other things in particular sleeves and button holes.
I will definitely be back to do another class so I’ll look forward to learning more sewing skills from you soon. All the best Allison Oct 2017

Chanel style coat

My coat is progressing well, I’m really pleased with it. I’ve only the hem to do now. The lining and piping went in beautifully. I will send a picture when its finished. I’ve even had a request for one from my daughter. We are going fabric shopping again on Thursday so I hope to get some more fabric then.
Thank you so much for all your help. As always I thoroughly enjoyed my days learning so much and improving my technique.  Sue Sept 2017

Chanel style jacket

Thank you so much for our class we all had a brilliant time. It was so exciting! You are a brilliant inspirational teacher, you and your husband are perfect hosts. You made us all feel so welcome. I’m certain that we’re all going to be meeting up again many more times, if you’ll have us – looking forward to day 2 of this.  Ann and friends July 2017

Fit to flatter dress

Hi Gillian, Once again it was a fabulous informative and enthusing day with you. I enjoy your teaching” style and learnt a lot ( always my goal) including tips and tricks.
Shame it had to end ….and due to me wanting to shop upstairs (which I had also been looking forward to) I missed seeing the fit of the other ladies dresses too. Hope they were as pleased as I was.

I have been looking at patterns and measurements since then with greater understanding and confidence and now could do with giving myself time to sit and sew.Are there any particular books you could suggest and recommend regarding pattern alterations? I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Lesley. May 2017

Fit to flatter dress

Gillian, I had an absolutely fantastic day. I learned so much and really enjoyed your company too. I can’t wait to get sewing, you’ve given me a lot more confidence to try moving away from the pattern. I’m so excited!!!!! And I’d love to do some other workshops – I’d like to do the Chanel jacket and the ‘boiled wool’ one. I think you’ll be seeing more of me …. although its a fairly long drive to Leeds, I put an audio book on and the time passed quickly. Jane July 2017

Overlocking – I felt I dashed away rather suddenly without thanking you enough and saying how much I enjoyed the day & how much we all learned. It is so much better to get hands on practice and learn from someone who knows what they are doing!!!!!! Thanks also for all the sustaining brews and your warm hospitality. Barbara in the Lake District Sept 2015

LBD and Trousers -Many thanks for yesterday. You are a gifted teacher and I have learned a great deal from you. You have re ignited my enjoyment of sewing so thank you for that. The trousers are the best ever fitting trousers that I have ever had.  The two courses I have done with you – Fit to Flatter Trousers and LBD have re-ignited my love of sewing so I thank you for that. Your patience, knowledge and tips on drafting, cutting, sewing techniques and the skill to impart that knowledge made for three enjoyable days that I can highly recommend to anybody else who is thinking of attending one of your courses.  They were fun days helped along by lots of coffee and biscuits.  Jan Gardener. July 2015

Thanks so much for the course on Saturday! I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day! I can’t wait to make a perfect pair of trousers! I shall have a look at your other workshops and get booked in again. Thanks once again Gill !    Elaine skinner July 2015

Absolutely fantastic day sewing, learning and perfecting my knowledge and skills. Very inspirational and packed full of useful tips and techniques from the moment we arrived until the day sadly had to end. No time wasted. An action packed memorable and fun day which has left me with the confidence and skills to get on and sew, sew, sew. Lesley May 2015

Thank you for such an interesting and educational day. I absolutely loved it. I am definitely interested in the Fit to Flatter dress workshop. I had an amazing time on Saturday, Thanks again for such a wonderful day!   Liisa

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the fit to flatter trouser session last week. I had an absolutely fantastic day and could not believe I had actually made a pattern for a pair of trousers and it worked! There is something very satisfying in doing that isn’t there. I have never had a pair of trousers that fit so well. Tomorrow I am going in search of some suitable fabric and can’t wait to get started. I have come home feeling more confident about my sewing skills and I know my sewing will improve after your help. I would love to come again on one of your other courses and would be particularly interested in the skirt pattern drafting, skirt couture techniques and the stretch fabric.     Jaquay

Thank you for my fabulous day – what a pleasure it was !!

My husband is worried about my, ‘addiction’ – to sewing!  after coming along to your courses you’ve taught me so much that I can now sew a whole lot easier, taking all the frustration out of it, I just want to make more and more – on my third Chanel jacket.        Pauline

I never thought I would be able to make something like this, my little jacket is great can’t wait to start the next thing – so many hints and tips from you ,that make it work.

Have to tell you Gillian, that I can’t believe just how wonderful my dress has made up, and can’t believe the ‘fit. I have struggled for years trying to get a dress that fits in the right places – to no avail, with my ‘older lady’s figure’ these days.  You work wonders!! thank you.  Anna

A big thank you Gillian for all the advice and guidance you gave me to achieve the look I wanted for my roman blind and pelmet. You just never stopped supplying me with tips and advice to get that neat finish, and now I have finished them –  they look absolutely great, thanks so much! June

Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you just how much we enjoyed the day, it was fantastic! You did a really good job of removing my fear of patterns & explained everything in such an easy to understand manner that we’re both really fired up & ready & raring to have a go at a few projects – I’ve already been out today to buy some carbon paper & a few other bits & bobs that you suggested!

It was lovely to meet you, we had an absolute blast & are really looking forward to the next class & building on what you’ve already taught us, which was loads! and we’d love to come along to the trouser workshop. Simone

Gillian, has a relaxed attitude and a warm anecdotal sense of humour, which creates a great atmosphere.

She’s very competent and confident in what she does, and passes that on to her clients.

This is not a sewing class, its a meeting of minds, encouraging for the novice and inspirational for the experienced.

Bringing together people from all groups to enjoy a shared interest, and further their expertise. – Lorraine

“I really enjoyed the course and it was really beneficial. You have such a lovely way about you – such wonderful patience, you’re lovely to be around. ” – Caroline

‘’All I can say is a very big THANK YOU, as it was a fabulous day and I have come away feeling a) more confident to get on and have a go and b) reassured that if I do get stuck I have someone who I can ask.

I found the day really beneficial and helped to just understand all those, what seem little things, like patterns, materials, tools for the job, and the big thing for me, not to be afraid of the machine.

I will also be looking at the course list to get on that next one to keep the momentum going.

Thank you again Gillian – I am so pleased I stopped at your stand at the Knitting and Stitching show’’ Christine

‘’I enjoyed my day with you very much and learnt a lot, Sarah (my carer) was really impressed as she has been to other workshops that have not been as good as yours. Thank you for your patience and understanding of my health issues and teaching so well. I will come on a jacket workshop very soon’’   Pam

‘’Thank you for a brilliant Chanel style jacket course, I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has certainly re kindled my love of dressmaking.  An altogether excellent course, I learnt loads, you were very encouraging, patient; and you certainly made me feel very welcome and not a rusty old dressmaker past her prime!!!’’ Heather


3 thoughts on “Reviews

  1. Fit to Flatter June 2014
    Dear Gillian
    Thank you for a lovely day. It was great to learn something new and so useful. It was great company and your generosity and personal attention made it a very special experience. Trousers for Christmas, definitely:)
    Best wishes

  2. Fantastic workshop doing the perfect fit trousers. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and now have the pattern to make my perfect trousers! Lovely people, very friendly, fun, informative and therapeutic ! I will be back!

  3. Thank you once again for an inspiring sewing day. Having bought an overlocker it was sitting in the room calling out to be used. I was very nervous about even turning it on. So having attended your “know your overlocker” day, on 4th Feb, I am inspired. You have made the whole process of threading and using the overlocker stress free, despite a few hiccups with the machine. I would not have had the skill or inclination to problem solve without your support. So, thank you once again.

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