Sew Magazine Dressmaker of the Year,
Great British Sewing Bee Live,
Get going with your overlocker,
Sew much more from your sewing machine,
Get confident with colour and a date for your diary!

Here we are, nearly at the end of February already. It has certainly been busy since the beginning of the year. Thank you lovely ladies who have been to my new three hour workshops with your sewing machines and overlockers. The Sewing Bees have been buzzing with

Summer wardrobe by Sue - Jane White Tuition

Summer wardrobe by Sue – Jane White Tuition

our sights on our summer wardrobes (like Sue on holiday). I’ll tip you off that ‘the man with the van’ has just visited with lots of new lovely spring and summer fabrics including one-off designer pieces – tempting!
I also have new Vogue, Butterick and McCalls pattern books for you to browse. I can order for you using my discounted education rate.

Those of you who have been to the studio in the last couple of weeks (and can you

Studio - Jane White Tuition

Studio – Jane White Tuition

believe I celebrated 4 years at The Ropewalk at the end of January?) will have seen a transformation. My amazing PA Sharon and I tackled the clutter and reconfigured the space.

I’m sure you know what I mean about keeping that little bit of fabric ‘just in case’. I hadJane White Tuition studio to admit I had too many ‘just in case’ bits and pieces. They have gone to new homes; donated to other sewing groups, The Ropewalk’s children’s workshops run by Janine and the bits I was persuaded really weren’t worth keeping to Age UK for the rag man. Sharon, thank you! Sewers, you all need your own Sharon in your life!
Sew and Make it Today Dressmaker of the Year
One of the many pleasures of running Jane White Tuition is seeing your fabulous garments evolve from

Happy Ava giving a twirl in Grandma Ann's beautiful Christmas dress

Happy Ava giving a twirl in Grandma Ann’s beautiful Christmas dress

pattern and toile to finished garment worn with pride. With so many fantastic garments made, worn and in production why not enter Dressmaker of the Year? There are four categories: Ready to Wear, Vintage,

Customising, Children’s wear plus Reader’s Choice where you get to pick the garment that has impressed you most. Ann, I think you ought to enter for the Children’s wear category.
If you would like to enter pop into the studio and I’ll happily take a snap for you.
For more information go to

Great British Sewing Bee Live - London Excel September 2017

Great British Sewing Bee Live – London Excel September 2017

The Great British Sewing Bee Live
There has been a lot of chatter across social media about the demise of The Sewing Bee from the BBC schedule. I’m disappointed that a popular, although I accept fairly niche programme, has been discarded. There is an on-going petition if you’d like to have your say. Go to

On a brighter ‘Great British Sewing Bee’ note, I received an email a few weeks ago asking me to put together workshop proposals for a new show at the London Excel in September. Whilst the current Great British Sewing Bee shows do have some dressmaking content, there is more of an emphasis on craft. This show is for dressmakers with the stars of the show in attendance! For more information have a look at the website or their Facebook page. I’ll keep you in the loop about what will be on offer when I know more myself.

How to use an overlocker workshop

How to use and overlocker - Jane White Tuition

How to use an overlocker – Jane White Tuition

Santa must have had a lot of overlockers on the sleigh last Christmas! My new three-hour sessions have been so well attended I have added more dates. They are designed for new owners, anyone who is struggling to get going with their machine (however long they’ve had it) or if you are thinking about buying one but would like to know more before you do. We go through all the basics: what it is, what it can do, how it works, how to re-thread without tears, threads, needles, balancing the tension dial, conquering tricky fabrics and jersey. I promise you’ll go home in love with your machine and confident to use it more.


There are sessions on:
1 March 6-9pm
23 March 1.30-4.30pm.
Cost £30 including materials
If you can’t make these sessions you can book a one-to-one lesson

So much more from your sewing machine

Elna manual sewing machine

How to use a sewing machine

This is my follow-on course from How to use a sewing machine. Aimed at sewers across all needlecrafts who feel confident with their machines but would like to move beyond the basics. With a few crafty tips and techniques, you can easily use your machine to add stylish detail to your projects. From double threading, decorative threads, twin needles, needles with a blade, specialist feet, free machine embroidery and a bit of know-how. Why not come along and get more from your machine.


Next session:
1 March 1.30-4.30pm
Cost £30 including materials

Colour for Quilters
25 & 26 February
Cost £99 + materials
The inspiring Sheena from Greenman Quilts is returning to the studio this weekend to help you get confident with colour. A great workshop for any sewer, Sheena will introduce colour theory and how to incorporate colour into your work. This is your last chance to book for this course so don’t delay signing up for a colourful weekend!

Rachel at The Ropewalk - Jane White Tuition

Rachel at The Ropewalk – Jane White Tuition

The Ropewalk Open Weekend – Jane White Tuition
Date for your diary
Those of you who have been to the studio know what a unique and beautiful building The Ropewalk is. I love working there in such a hub of creativity. This Easter Saturday all the doors are being thrown open. You can visit me at the studio where I’ll have information about courses, be on hand to answer your sewing questions and have fabric and haberdashery for sale. You can also try out my fabulous Elna sewing machines.
Then, wander along our very, very long corridor and visit the talented small businesses and artists who also make The Ropewalk their home. Stop off at the coffee shop for refreshments.

Sewing Bee Workshops
Dates for March:
6th (Fri) 10am-4pm
7th (Tues) 6-9pm
8th (Wed) 10am-4pm
14th (Tue) 10am-4pm
16th (Thur) 10am-4pm
20th (Mon) 10am-4pm
24th (Fri) 10am-4pm
For more dates go to

Thank you, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my latest sewing news. I’m already working on the next edition which is going to be a celebration of …..
Don’t forget, if I can help in any way with your sewing please just get in touch.

Best wishes