Sewing News January 2018

Jane White Couture Tuition Programme – new for 2018

Fabulous sewing in 2017

At the beginning of 2017, I received news that the City & Guilds Fashion and Pattern Cutting qualifications I have been offering for a number of years would no longer be accredited by Ofqual and be withdrawn by C&G on 31 December along with a raft of other courses.

City & Guilds students Hannah - Jane White Couture TuitionCity& Guilds has always been recognised for its commitment to high-quality practical skills delivered in a structured way encompassing design and construction. After nearly twenty years teaching City & Guilds Fashion and Pattern Cutting and holding a degree equivalent C&G qualification myself, I am disappointed by the decision of Ofqual to discontinue these highly regarded qualifications.

What comes next?

After much deliberation and researching other awarding bodies, I have decided to offer an ‘in-house qualification’: the Jane White Couture Tuition Programme. It may not have the snappiest of course titles, but my aim is to continue the C&G tradition of high level, structured study and practical skills tailored to each student’s starting point and aim.

With three level of study in a modular format over four months, all levels of starting skill are catered for.
Level 1 Award: Dressmaking – For complete beginners, students who haven’t sewn for some time, or sewers needing additional skills.
Level 2 Certificate: Dressmaking and Design – For intermediate level sewers who have completed level 1, or who can demonstrate dressmaking skill. Don’t be scared by the design element, you don’t need any artist skills!
Level 3 Diploma: Dressmaking, Design and Pattern Cutting – For advanced sewers who have completed Levels 1 & 2, or those with existing high-level skills. This module is also ideal for students wanting to explore pattern making and couture standard dressmaking techniques.

Tuition blocks are one weekend per month for four months starting 20 January. (I’m sorry, the every other Monday session is fully booked). Please have a look at or get in touch if you would like to know more or book your place.

New sewers Sue - Jane White Couture TuitionSince setting out on my wonderful journey of independent classes, I have tried hard to dispel the image of dressmaking being a bit old-fashioned and unskilled. I hope you agree that our sewers produce beautifully sewn clothes with stylish individuality and a fantastic fit. 2017 was another year of fabulous makes and, of course, fun and friendship.

I wish I could include everyone in the gallery below, but the newsletter would run to several pages!

I’ve started with Hannah, pictured above, in her City & Guilds designed and made skirt and Sue, pictured right, in only her second-ever garment. Sue is now an expert at pattern and plaid matching!
Many sewers go on to sew professionally. Nicky found a niche designing and making stunning Polewear costumes for training and competition.
Sandra completed two City & Guilds modules with distinction and gained a place on the prestigious costume making course at The Northern College of Costume in York, which starts later this month. Well done and my best wishes for your new and exciting career.
For more inspiring photos go to the website gallery and student stories page.
Polewear costume by Nicky of Pink Giraffe - Jane White Couture TuitionCoverstitch hem by Naj - Jane White Couture TuitionHand embroidery on coat by Jane - Jane White Couture Tuition
L-R: hand embroidery by Jane, jersey dress by Tracey, polewear costume by Nicky of Pink Giraffe, coverstitch hem by Naj.

City & Guilds tunic by Kirsten - Jane White Couture TuitionCouture techniques dress by Jane - Jane White Couture TuitionShirt by June - Jane White Couture Tuition.Bridie City & Guilds bridal dress - Jane White Couture Tuition
L-R: City & Guilds top by Kirsten, couture skills dress by Jane, shirt for a lucky son by June, Bridie City & Guilds bridal gown.

My 2018 was mapped out in August when I wrote the Sew Short Course programme for this year.

I have included old favourites like Making clothes using the overlocker and pattern cutting, brought back some by demand – Vintage Sewing Skills and Smocking and introduced new courses such as my three-hour How to insert a fly front zip and jeans pocket, How to sew sleeves and How to change a basic top pattern. To download a copy of what’s on offer please click here.

I am delighted to welcome back expert guest tutor Sheena from Greenman Quilts for Simple Stained Glass and Log Cabin and Philippa Naylor (who I had to book two years in advance!) who will be helping us add perfect applique and circles to our quilting.

I hope you find courses to inspire you and wish you a happy 2018.