National Sewing Awards

Sewing for Pleasure organisers, ICHF, have launched a new national award for dressmaking to showcase fabulous skills and garments. The first prize is a Janome DKS30 sewing machine worth £500 plusNational Sewing Awards goodies worth another £500. There are additional prizes for 2nd, 3rd and highly commended.
Come on, you make the most amazing garments to the highest standard, take the plunge and enter! Let me know if you need any help. Go to for full details and application form.

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Remembering Art College in the 1950’s

I had the pleasure to meet Barbara who shared her memories of attending Hull Art School, Tacking Tales Blog - Jane White Couture Tuitionthen based in Park Avenue, in the 1950’s. Clearly a vary talented student, Barbara went on to work as a creative window dresser. The illustration is from a 13 year old Barbara! Her full story can be found on the Tacking Tales blog at
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Fashion on the Ration

I spent a very happy couple of hours visiting this exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. Fabric restrictions clearly did not preclude style. The ingenious lengths people went to to get their fashion fix is fascinating and so relevant to today’s ‘make do and mend’ culture. I spotted a number of we refer to aFashion on the ration IWMs ‘style features’! The exhibition runs until 31 August. Admission to the museum is free with a £10 charge for the exhibition. Go for details.

From Brid to Brigg and fabric heaven!

If it’s a sewing machine or overlocker purchase, repair or service I always suggest you head off to Bridlington and the knowledgeable Barbara and John at the Sewing Machine Centre. So, accompanied with the studio machines and sewing buddy Sharon, we headed to the coast. After dropping the machines off for John’s tlc the next stop was the wonderful Vegetarian Cafe – shhh don’t mention the blueberry scones (2 each) we scoffed but we did need sustenance for the leg of our road trip to Brigg in North Lincolnshire!
I know a number of our students have discovered Jaylaurs already. I thought it was time I visited to say hello. Don’t be fooled by the petite frontage, it opens to a tardis of fabric and haberdashery. With a huge selection of fabrics particularly cottons, there is something to suits every sewer. The owners Jayne and Lauren are as passionate about fabric and sewing as they are friendly and helpful. Ask Louise or myself for a voucher for a generous 10% discount for Jane White Couture Tuition students. Have a look at their Facebook

Fashion Show

Set up in 2005, this local HER Breast Friendscharity not only supports ladies through diagnosis and treatment with practical solutions such as the wig bank and fund raising for medical resources, but encourages life experiences beyond this challenging time. Not all experiences are as extreme as a flying a small plane across Australia or doing the Olympic bobsleigh run at Innsbruck but whatever it is they are on-hand to help their members live life to the full.
I was delighted when organiser Pam invited me along to help style the ladies in fantastic donated clothes and accessories for their fashion show. Thank you all for being such good fun, patient and willing to try on garments a little bit out of your comfort zone. Remember ladies beige is not a colour and Sam please step away from the black! You are all an inspiration.
If you are free on the 14th May please come along and support this amazing charity raise money to continue their invaluable work.
The showcased clothes and many more (most new or as new) will be for sale after the show.
Tickets must be pre-booked. Please call the HER Breast Friend office on 01482 221368.
For more information about their work go to

And finally…  sorry I really can’t sign off without mentioning North Ferriby Utd and their outstanding win at Wembley in the FA Trophy final. Well done and thank you for giving us North Ferriby Utdsuch an exciting weekend. I am sure I have bored everyone with my tales of England v Lithuania, Wembley hospitality and a seat on the front row of the royal box. Please though, in the future, could you wrap it up in normal time as I don’t think I can cope with any more ‘sudden death’ penalties!

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