Win a sewing machine with William Gee, Yves Saint Laurent at Bowes, map out your fabric shopping, time for tea, featured course – Luxurious lingerie, Issuu App, extra machine embroidery date, pattern review and can you knit for Operation Christmas Child?

On YouTube!
I must start by saying thank you to The Ropewalk media intern Joe (and the sewing ladies who took part) for his hard work making a short video about Jane White Couture Tuition. You have caught the the fun, friendship and Jane White Couture Tuition You Tube videocreativity of the lovely students who come along to sew and make beautiful, stylish garments. It is a bit scary seeing yourself on film! I’ve taken a deep breath and set up the Jane White Couture Tuition YouTube channel and plan to add other films about sewing – once I’ve mastered the camcorder! If you would like to have a look at Joe’s film click on the image.
Featured course – Luxurious lingerie
3 & 4 August, 10am-4pm

Lingerie making course - Jane White Couture TuitionThis two day course proved so popular last year that I had to put on a second session and was asked to repeat it. So, if you would like to try something different this could just be the course for you. Learn the secrets of beautiful lingerie by sampling seams, spaghetti straps, applying lace, lace appliques and insets and perhaps lacing using delicate fabrics that you may have shied away from.  Then use your new found skills and confidence to make something special for example cami tops, French knickers or a negligee. Go to for more information.

Computerised machine embroidery with Christine
12 September
computerised machine emboridery - Jane White Couture TuitionGuest tutor Christine’s two workshops booked up quickly and have proved such a hit that she has agreed to do another session on 12 September for those of you who missed out first time round or would like a follow-on session. Let expert Christine show you how to set up and use your machine for fabulous embroidery with a range of fabrics, threads and stabilisers or move on to move advanced techniques. You can bring your machine or use one of the studio ones if you don’t have one – try before you buy.

William GeeWin a Janome sewing machine with William GeeOn-line craft and dressmaking haberdashery retailer and family run business, William Gee, have the perfect competition for you. Submit an image of your fabulous garments for the chance to win a new Janome sewing machine worth £250 and lots of their lovely sewing goodies. It is easy to enter, have a go, you deserve to win!
Click on to enter.
1 submit an image of your work created on a sewing machine
2 get people to vote on the site for your image
3 finish with highest votes to win – 10 runner up prizes too!
Don’t forget to let me know how you get on.

Yves St Laurent, style is eternal at Bowes Museum
There are so many fabulous exhibitions on at the moment I just don’t know which one to head off to next. Will it be Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern, Riviera Style at the Textile Museum or the British Wool Show? But I will definitely be going to Barnard Castle’s Bowes Museum for look at the work of one of my favourite designers, Yves St Laurant. Housed in a treasure house of a museum, this is the Yves St Laurant Style is eternal at the Bowes museumfirst the first exhibition in the UK to present a comprehensive display of the French fashion designer’s work and life and the significant influence it has had on fashion and the way we understand womenswear.
Have a look at if you too fancy a visit.

Map out your fabric shopping
I know you will find it hard to believe but I do love a fabric shopping spree! I have my favourite local destinations but an adventure to somewhere new usually uncovers a gem. I was The Sewing Directory Sewing City Guidesinterested to hear from the ever useful Sewing Directory that Rachel Walker, of the The Brodrick Design Studio, is drawing up city guides. With 5 areas – London, York, Norwich, Cambridge and Edinburgh already covered Rachel is working her way round other cities for a comprehensive guide. Download your guides from
Do you have your own fabric heaven? We’d love to hear about it.

Time for vintage tea
I am a self-confessed tea drinker and I am relieved to report my need for fabric, tea and a cheeky scone is now met in Brigg! A recent trip to Jaylaurs (sorry I am goingShipley's CuriosiTeas Brigg to say the Christmas word) for Christmas crafts and Goodies workshop fabrics was topped off perfectly with a tea fix at the newly opened Shipley’s CuriosiTeas right next door – how perfect is that. The lovely staff, dressed in 40’s styles and using real cups and saucers served up perfect tea (in a pot) and cakes. I wish you and your friendly staff every success and I will be back!

Issuu magazine and book App

Magazine App
Having signed up for regular up-dates from Vogue patterns, a link in a re

Vogue patterns - Jane White Couture Tuition

cent email to their Fall 2015 Look Book caught my eye. Directed via issuu, a free app on iphone, ipad and Android, I not only discovered the Vogue, Butterick and McCall books but back issues of a whole host of sewing and fashion related magazines and publications, many of them free. Sign up for an account, click on a list of your interests and browse away. A great resource for the City & Guilds ladies.Can you knit – a teddy bear hand puppet?
Operation Christmas Child Teddy bear hand puppetI have found the perfect project for my box of left over knitting wool – Operation Christmas child. Knitters around Barton are busy click-clacking these fun hand puppets to pop into Christmas shoe boxes for children around the world who otherwise would not have a gift to open on Christmas day. Incredibly Operation Christmas Child sentOperation Christmas childout 850,368 shoe boxes from the UK last year. Patterns are available from The Ropewalk coffee shop or I can email you a copy. Finished teddies can be left at The Ropewalk or with me. The Teddy Bears Picnic service at Barton church on 20 September is the deadline for handing in teddies. They are so easy to do but will give such pleasure.

City & Guilds Fashion - Jane White Couture Tuition

City & Guilds fashion research by Melanie.

I am always happy to chat about how I can help so please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like any more information about courses and workshops or your sewing in general.