(FYI, it’s a ruler in my hand in the top snap- they’re just so funny)!
I’ve never been a particularly artful sewer. I’ve always been incredibly ambitious, with my most memorable sewing experience attempting to create a dress as part of my GCSE textiles project (whilst other people opted, sensibly, for wall hangings and pillows)- resulting in what can only be described as what looked like a gothic wedding cake, or something you’d see on an extremely amateur contemporary catwalk, which hasn’t exactly stood me in good stead (with my latest sewing endeavour being sewing up a dog toy- and doing a pretty bodge job…).
Anyway- recently, Carrie and I were invited to learn a little more about sewing and garment making (and putting it into action) with the incredible Claire-Louise Hardie– author behind The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, expert seamstress and all round expert behind the ‘Bee too (cool, I know)! Now, I pity anyone that has to tolerate my nerves with a sewing machine and pattern (it’s been a while ok)- but with the expertise, patience and skill of Claire, I was able to conjure up a jumpsuit from the book- and without too much help too- which is saying something indeed!
With the book focussing on modern, wearable designs for all women and men (nothing too twee or vintage inspired, if you’re not necessarily that way inclined) and made easy by helpful step-by-steps, images and patterns- I was somewhat amazed that I managed to walk away with not only something I was so proud of, but something I could wear (the gorgeous Ikat cotton from The Cloth House definitely made everything look beautiful)- and it genuinely look like I could have bought it in a favourite high street haunt. Carrie also made an incredible tweed mini skirt (trust me, I think that girl is good at everything she takes on)- which you can check out over on her blog too!
The book is available at Waterstones (as well as lots of other good bookshops), although you can check everything out over at Quadrille too! I seriously recommend a nosey, as I have now learnt there are few things as satisfying as wearing something you’ve made yourself (now just how to wear a jumpsuit in winter). Claire-Louise also runs The Thrifty Stitcher Studio in Stoke Newington where she teaches dressmaking classes too…
Post in collaboration with Quadrille