For my birthday, Dave gave me a dressmaking class, which I just finished on Thursday!
It was at Red Thread Studios, a tiny wee place near me on Causewayside. Look how pretty everything looks! The teacher was the lovely Lauren, who you can see in the second picture and who is also an amazing baker, which i know cos there was homebaking every week!
The class ran over four weeks and was to make a summer dress. The level was beginner 1, and obviously I have made a few things now, so I originally thought it might move a bit too slow for me, but actually it wasn’t at all. It was nice to do things in a methodological way rather than steaming ahead and making stuff up as you go along*. And I learnt a few handy tips and tricks, top of the list is that you can finish seams by zigzagging ever so slightly over the edge and it’s basically like an overlocker! It looks a million times more tidy than zigzagging then cutting the edge off. I can stop french seaming everything! Also learnt how to do rouching (is that what it’s called?) with elastic, which I always thought would be really difficult.
I made the maxi version of the pattern, in orange, with a blue belt. I thought it’s summer I may as well go for it colour wise! I didn’t get a proper camera picture of the dress, but I will wear it soon ad there’s a pic on instagram if you want to know now. I did get pictures of four out of five of the other girls’ on the course’s dresses. It’s so fun to see how the same pattern can look so completely different depending on fabric choice and who is in it!
Anyway, I had an ace time on the course, and will be back to do another class in October! Lauren’s moving to new premises too, which will be literally just round the corner from our flat, and which apparently will have a bit more space.
* obviously, I could do this properly at home too, but someohow that never works