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Date: 9/1/13 3:51 AM

I've been meaning to get round to doing this for a while, so here we finally are. For those who haven't read any of my previous posts on this topic here's a quick intro (I'll keep it short for those who do!).

I've spent the last year studying for a city and guilds level 3 dressmaking course. For those who haven't heard of this before its the equivalent to two a-levels. You need three of these to get in to university here in the UK.

I'm pleased to say I survived the experience (I had a few wobbles) and just got one mark off getting a merit which given the amount of work I had to do I'm happy with.

Not everyone gets the opportunity to go on a course like this, so I'd like to share my notes as a little way of giving back to you lovely people on PR. Also I hope it inspires some people who are still taking their first steps (and stitches!) in the world of sewing. Less than 4 years ago I didn't even know how to thread up my machine.

I've now updated my coursework notes page (scroll down to the bottom) with the final work I submitted to my tutor. I hope you enjoy reading, and that it's of interest.

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Date: 9/1/13 4:31 AM

Congratulations!

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Date: 9/1/13 8:00 AM

I have book marked your site and can't wait to read it thoroughly. Congratulations!

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Date: 9/1/13 10:56 AM

Thank so much_I have wondered if we would be able to see ALL your wonderful notes!

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Date: 9/1/13 1:32 PM

Thanks for sharing! Congratulations!

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Date: 9/2/13 0:34 AM

Awesome work and congratulations! Keep us posted as you move on to more projects.

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Date: 9/2/13 7:11 AM

Wonderfully creative writing style! I could not stop reading it. But I adore historical novels and autobiograhies written in the first person.
Your character drew me in. Lovely yellow - I can see the inspiration of flowers.
Thank you so much for posting this! I wish you all the best on your future studies.

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Date: 9/2/13 2:46 PM

thank you very much all for the kind comments. Finding a way of incorporating some creative writing helped keep me focused and more motivated. It's not something I get to do in my current job (think creating lots of factual records) so it was a new experience.

What started off as a fun idea actually ended up being quite helpful by the end of the course when I was pulling everything together. I found everything started to slot in to place. I do love historical romances, which may have influenced my writing style a bit (think regency style balls etc!).

In contrast I heard another student (who has done some amazing work from what I've seen) hadn't found it as easy to stay focused on her theme and therefore found it harder to present her work with an overarching common theme.

Still, we all have our strengths and weaknesses. The reason I missed out on that one mark off a merit? I was rushed for time at the end and hadn't put all my grain lines and markings on my pattern drafting work. As my tutor pointed out, I may know what to do with them but someone else might not.

The good thing about doing a big course is that it pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you try things you would not normally consider (either out of lack of interest or confidence).

Having said all of that, I am really relishing the thought of tackling the number of patterns which got shelved as I really didnt have the time to indulge in lots of personal projects.

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Date: 9/8/13 1:05 PM

That is so cool! The finished product is gorgeous. Congratulations!
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Date: 5/30/14 4:37 PM

out of idle curiosity I checked my blog statistics today and discovered nearly 2000 people had looked at my notes. Wow! given that most people would have followed the link I posted from this thread that's an awful lot of clicks.

I'm really pleased so many people have hopefully been able to benefit from what I added (which is why I invested the time) and also maybe have been a bit inspired in their own sewing journey.

Nearly a year on, I'm still glad I did the course, but am SO happy I am no longer doing the coursework. I have way more time to sew for my own projects, and have been able to put many of the techniques to good use.
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