Student work, Draping & other Experimental cutting.


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Luisa has a love of Professional Makeup and recently entered a competition in Malaga. Contestants were required to show makeup for a Haute Couture theme and Luisa came to class to develop an outfit that would enhance the makeup and give a fully professional and cohesive look. We made a bustle skirt with train, Jabot frills and cuffs and fabric ‘boot covers. The resulting look was FABULOUS as you can see here. Hardly surprising that she claimed FIRST PRIZE!!

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A very productive class today with Luisa and new lady Christi. Christi has started with her skirt toile and Luisa was working a dress for a coming wedding and also experimenting with recycling. She came to the last class with two bat wing jumpers from Zara. One in black and one in a mink colour. They had a lovely super soft feel and she wasn’t sure what to do with them both……..I suggested sewing them both together , hem to hem, in a mirror image, cutting off the neck of the lower one to give a shaped hem. Luisa did this and then added a hem for the newly emerged ‘dress’ and now she has something truly unique! AND…It looks FABULOUS!! It can be worn in so many different ways!! Pulled up…pulled down lower.The only piece left over can be use as a belt, draped, asymmetrical waistcoat or a tabard. Have a look – and let me know what you think ..


Beach jumpsuit with knot tied legs.


Elaine working on her Chinese inspired toile.


Becky showing her first tolie for the basic skirt block.


One side is a colour woven check….. and the other side is a pigment printed ‘Tie-Dye’.

The opening is false since the shirt is to have the option to be worn with either of the sides facing out as the ‘right side’.




Satin sheath dress with over layer of matching lace by one of our regular students.

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  Also a very nice jersey and organza dress by the same student.

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Bethan, experimenting with ‘subtraction cutting’ on the stand

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                            Student Katie shows us her finished ‘Bodice Toile’.

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Another example of experimental ‘subtraction’ cutting which gives a very unusual look when combined with the crispness of the ‘crinkle’ taffeta.

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“Recycling, Draping & Repairing”

Student Meryl has been working on her draping and bucket pocket dress. Looking  great Meryl! Pop back to see it again as the  finished item will be posted at a later date.

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Work in progress!


                             More recycling ideas here from our classes:                                                    Take one dinner jacket and for the first experiment….and try it as a skirt!! 480316_dj        skirt jacket1

       For the second experiment…    Take the same dinner jacket and turn it upside down!!   Which one do you prefer? Skirt or hooded jacket?

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“Don’t DESpair…. REpair!”   You can see  the whole repairing procedure on our BLOG page but here are two of the photos of the finished item- a pair of chambray shorts – …..front ……and…… back..

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Waist cincher showing recycling from a pair of mens trousers               Recycling...from full length 'A' line skirt to short elasticated waist with rufflle.             Th finished skirt after the recycling. Student’s work also shows recycling. This ‘waist cincher’ was re-cut from a pair of men’s tweed trousers. The long skirt shown, again from a  recycling class, was made in to a short one, with the excess fabric gathered in to ‘rosettes’ around an elasticated waist. The original beaded jumper which is to be recycled in to the skirt.           The finished recycled set. Wrapped shrug and beaded, lined skirt. Recycling knitwear:- A Lambswool and angora beaded jumper and an edge to edge cardigan which were recycled and re-cut  into wrapped shrug and a skirt. The skirt was also lined and a small bow was made to make a feature fastening on the shrug.


Previous student’s work shown here to demonstrate the level of expertise and professionalism that can be expected to have been achieved at the end of the course.    Follow us……