The winner of The Village giveaway is new knitter, Nicole! Happy knitting, Nicole, I’ll be in touch for an address.
In the meantime, I thought I’d invite my lovely mum to post a review of a course she went on this week at English Couture. This company came in very useful when I needed supplies for my Gertie Bombshell Dress. They’re based just outside of Leicester, and I know some of my readers live in that part of the world! Plus, this is nice and central to the UK so accessible to anyone who fancies stocking up on excellent supplies or – as my mother did – attending one of their courses.
Most exciting of all: you get a little certificate at the end of your course!
Yay! Mum and her certificate of sewing excellence!
Without further ado, here’s Mum’s assessment of the day:
The country was under the ‘severe weather’ warning but the day dawned bright and sunny for my journey down to Syston in Leicestershire to attend Michelle Pye’s workshop ‘Working with Finer Fabrics’. I hadn’t had any formal training since the age of 13 (at school) – over 50 years ago! But what a great learning day we had – shaping and mitred bindings, bound sleeve openings, setting in sleeves, sleeve headings to name just some of the techniques we learned. Michelle provides all the materials, already prepared for work, sewing machines and irons set up – in fact you don’t have to provide anything, just turn up (she can even organise your lunch). You can stock up your own sewing supplies from her shop. Michelle is a great tutor, so patient – it was a joy to be in her company because she is so enthusiastic and some of that leaves you very inspired. Syston is surprisingly easy to reach even for those in London (train to Leicester, another to Syston) and not too far from the M1 for those with cars. She runs quite a variety of courses so I would encourage you to visit ‘englishcouture.co.uk’ (but not all at once).
After the course, Mum drove down to see me (with some sewing-related pressies – hurrah!), which meant that I could have a look at her work. She had several samples to bring away with her for future reference. Here’s the setting in of a silk sleeve head:
Can you see how there’s some very gentle support so that the top of the sleeve isn’t just collapsing down from the seam line? This is how it looks on the inside:
There’s a light foam fabric shoulder stay at the seam line. The sleeve itself is lined with incredibly fine silk organza. (It put my Goldhawk Road silk organza to shame, I don’t mind admitting.)
Mum also shared with me an interesting technique for corners that avoids snipping away fabric at the corner – a technique that can leave the stitching vulnerable. It was something to do with trimming and grading the seams and then folding the point. Very interesting!
I couldn’t help thinking of A Fashionable Stitch and her love of silk. I am almost – almost! – tempted to try my hand at making something rather lovely out of something rather fragile.
After I’ve finished my Minoru Jacket!