There was a time when everyone either made their own clothes or had them made. Sadly those days have long passed and fashion is now so affordable that most people don’t have the time or the inclination to make their own or the money to pay someone else to. However, beyond the economics of time and money there is something quite magical about having a garment created just for you, to fit you perfectly and nothing more rewarding than being able to do so for yourself. Knowing you’re wearing something completely unique and having complete freedom to choose the colours and fabrics you’d most like to wear beyond the limits of any given season’s key trends is a real luxury.
Jessica Charleston has been creating bespoke wedding dresses for more than a decade and with the popularity of programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee and a resurgence in appreciation for homegrown arts and crafts she has decided it’s time to share her knowledge and pass on her skills to the good folk of Bath and the surrounding area. Aimed at those with some existing sewing skills who are keen to or have already made their own garments but would like to advance their skills and learn how to make their own patterns.
Making a personalised pattern block will allow sewers to make garments without the difficulty of getting a perfect fit from a commercial pattern. Jessica will also be teaching couture finishing techniques for taking home sewn garments to the next level. And one-to-one tuition will be ideal for those wanting to make an outfit for a special occasion such as mothers-of-brides. Jessica will guide you in coming up with a design, making the pattern and advising on fabric choices and finishing techniques while the bulk of the sewing can be done at home.
Jessica will be running free taster sessions on Friday 23rd September from her atelier at 13 London Street and courses will begin on 4th October with Making your own personal pattern block and basic dress pattern, a course of three sessions over three weeks. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jessica on 01225571530.
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