Firstly, may I wish you all a belated (but none-the-less heartfelt) Happy new Year! The studio was a busy place to be in the run up to Christmas with everyone (including myself) hurrying to finish projects before the Christmas holidays began. I’ve been meaning to share these pictures of student work for weeks now, but as time wore on I realised quite how many were destined to become gifts, and i couldn’t spoil the surprise so I’ve waited until even the last presents have been exchanged before sharing these pics with you. As well as all these gorgeous gifts we’ve been busy making a few goodies for ourselves too… After a sluggish start to 2015, the studio is back in full swing, classes all started up this week and many new projects have been gracing the cutting table, but you’ll just have to wait and see… See you next week!... read more
Every year I try to organise a trip out to an exhibition or show which has a relevance to dressmaking. In the past we’ve visited the V&A to see The couture exhibition, and then Ballgowns: British Glamour since 1950. We’re also not shy of shopping and have enjoyed outings to The Stitch and Knit Show at Alexandra Palace, and earlier this year The Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace. Well, last week we had our ‘Educational’ trip to London and went to see the Wedding Dress exhibition at the V&A Museum. It’s always inspiring to see beautiful couture dresses from fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang. As I studied historical fashion at university the antique dresses has particular appeal for me, with their tiny waists and exquisite hand-worked detail. But it’s really exciting to see such famous and... read more
As we charge ahead into autumn, I’ve been looking back at the glorious summer we had. It’s been all go in the studio, and it’s about time I shared with you some of the amazing work that my students have produced. We’ve had an array of beautiful dresses (some of which have travelled to far-flung places)…. A fabulous collection of shirts… Summery gorgeousness… And some lovely things for little people… And then of course there was Jade’s Prom dress, wow! If you’ve been inspired and think you’d like to learn to make your own clothes then get in touch… Book here to join on one of our courses. See you next week, happy sewing!