It’s been a busy sewing fun filled year, planning your 2016 sewing, inviting pattern and fabric shop reviewers, new course: Fashion design, Tailored: A Very British Fashion, Sew Saturday, tea cups and pattern cutting at Knitting and Stitching Harrogate and Christmas wishes.
It wouldn’t happen without all you lovely ladies who come along to the studio to share my passion for sewing so thank you, every class has been a pleasure and I am looking forward to 2016.I hope you spy a lot more sewing opportunities for 2016 at the Sewing Bee workshops and with the Sew Short course programme which includes workshops new and popular with the one-day offering expanded. We kick off January with How to use your sewing machine on the 30th. If Santa has managed to get your new machine down the chimney, why not bring it along and explore how to use it with confidence. The course is also for anyone who wants to get more from their machine or have a go before buying their own.New year, new challenge? How about City & Guilds Fashion and Pattern cutting at level 1 or 2? You could study for these prestigious awards exploring design, pattern cutting or adaptations, technical sampling and fashion. You will plan and make a unique designer/maker garment to the highest standard of sewing. City & Guilds courses have the emphasis on practical skills, there is no essay writing! www.janewhitetuition.co.ukAt Jane White Tuition we often make our own sewing patterns from personal body measurements but we also use commercial patterns. With an eye on my 2016 wardrobe I have been flicking through the pattern company ‘look books’. A seasonal offering from the likes of Vogue, Butterick and McCalls. They give snapshot of new and popular designs. I have just ordered myself Vogue 8904, 1353 and 1470, I just need to put a few days aside to get them made. I was tempted but I don’t think I can have a 5th ‘class mad dress’ can I ……….. ? Have a look at my review, with a bit of personal tweeking a fabulous pattern that is being worn by many (initial doubters). This lead me onto an idea for pattern and fabric shop reviewers. With our popular toile bank filling up nicely with donated trial runs for trying on, it would be wonderful to have some honest feedback about patterns and fabric shops from YOU! I have written about my creations on my tacking tales blog but what I would really like is your opinions to pass onto other sewers. So, if you have a favourite pattern or one that has been a challenge, why not share your views and experiences with us? It will be so helpful for anyone looking for the next project inspiration. I am happy to write up your words.
2015 has seen some amazing exhibitions on offer. I enjoyed 50’s Fashion at Lotherton Hall and was blown away by Yves Saint Laurant at The Bowes Museum. I left both not just knowing more but inspired in my own work. I am currently researching next year’s offerings for you and have come across Tailored: A Very British Fashion at Leeds City Museum. It finishes on the 3rd January so I’ll have to be quick to visit this celebration of the art of tailoring from the 18th century to today. Exhibits include a jacket worn by Ringo Star in the 60’s to a suit made for the Duke of Windsor and garments from Leeds tailoring firms Hepworth’s and Montague Burton. www.leeds.gov.uk/tailored
I am also looking to visit Liberty in Fashion at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and, after being given a beautiful piece of fabric by friend Melanie, Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Millsworking textile museum in Matlock Bath.
Sew Saturday in October was a resounding success with a day of workshops, lovely ladies and new sewers. Thank you to everyone who came along and to Jayne and her team at Jaylaurs Sewing Studio for asking us to join you and for making us so welcome. Louise, Sharon and Christine and I went home tired but happy having met so many wonderful sewing enthusiasts. We’re looking forward to more collaborations in 2016.
I enjoyed my trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate last month to teach two workshops. To the ladies who came along for pattern cutting; the perfect pencil skirt, you worked so hard to draft your pattern in only an hour – well done! The vintage tea cup pin cushion hour was a little more relaxed producing an array of beautiful examples all unique.
Never say never …. to a glue gun! Expert embroidery tutor Brenda, added a new piece of equipment to her sewing arsenal – a glue gun! Sceptical at first “I’m an embroider, do I look like a glue gun sort of girl?” was Brenda’s initial reaction but after our fun hour-long Vintage tea cup pin cushion workshop at the Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate she was sold on it. Parting shot – “I can see lots of embroidery item opportunities” Looking forward to seeing them Brenda. Thank you to Wendy Gardiner of Upper Street Event for inviting me along for the second year to offer workshops at this popular show.
City & Guilds student Ellie Morrison, wearing her 18th century inspired skirt. With a keen interest in costume and presently working in theatre, Ellie’s undertook the City & Guilds Course to gain a recognised qualification and explore design and practical construction and pattern cutting skills. Ellie plans to study costume further with the York based Northern College of Costume. Good luck with your plans Ellie and congratulations on your well deserved level 2 merit Award.
As 2015 draws to a close I would like to thank those around me who help make running Jane White Couture Tuition such a pleasure, I couldn’t cope without you! So, in no particular order as they say on Strictly, thank you to Sharon and Jacqui for your help and support and I will do as I am told at our annual studio clear out, I promise. Thank you Chris and Barrie at nucleus creative design for your work on the Jane White Couture Tuition website which, since it’s launch in January, has been such a success. Louise and Christine for joining me as guest specialist tutors, Carol and The Ropewalk team for such an amazing work space, Jo Watson-Davies for your words and direction. How you unravel my ramblings is always a revelation and I am so excited about our planned literary collaboration in 2016, watch the newsletters ……… And last, but by no means least, my ever supportive husband Jim who puts up with a house strewn with fabric and threads, conversations about sewing and business and my irregular working hours.
And to you, thank you for reading my news, for your feedback, for sharing photographs of you and your fabulous work, and for being part of something I love. Have a Happy Christmas and a sewing filled 2016.
As always, if you would like any more information or help with your sewing projects please don’t hesitate to get in touch.