News catchup

I’ve been silent on my news pages for some time. Apologies for this…Its actually not due to a lack of news, but just I’ve been short on time to write about it!

This autumn has been a steep learning curve for me. I’ve been back at college one day a week learning costume construction. Its been brilliant – I’ve learnt some wonderful new techniques and I’ve hugely enjoyed having a whole day each week to sew and learn. I’ve done box pleating, cartridge pleating, piping, made a crinoline, learnt the techniques to make a boned bodice and a tiered skirt – all in the quest to make a complete early Victorian dress (including 2 petticoats to go underneath).
Here are few images to give you an idea of my projects

Box pleating

First petticoat, with box pleated frill

Second petticoat and bodice mockup


Cartridge pleating

Victorian dress; part made bodice and completed skirt

As well as Victorian costume I’ve also done some tutu making – I learned to make leotards and the Romantic (long) tutu with Brigid Strowbridge, who has made tutus for the Royal Ballet. It was brilliant fun!
Here are my tutu and leotard underway:

Romantic tutu and leotard underway

And here’s my tutu nearing completion:

Romantic tutu – close to completion

But, the learning doesn’t stop here. In January I go back to Brigid to be taught how to make the Plate tutu – I’m super excited about learning that!

Here’s a Royal Ballet example – so pretty!

Plate tutu

And then, in February I leave my sensible full time job and take a massive leap of faith in starting my tailoring training. I’ve enrolled on the tailoring training scheme set up in consultation with Savile Row Bespoke. 18 weeks of tailoring, hopefully leading onto even more afterwards.

Exciting times!

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