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Class Reviews > Newbury Sewfest, 24th/25th October 2008, Berkshire

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Posted on: 10/26/08 1:49 PM
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In my oppinion an excellent event, which offered at least three interesting courses; "Make Custom-Fit trousers" - with Janice Croft and "Make an Embellished Leather Handbag" - with Sandra Carter, both two day courses and "Tulip Quilt" - with Ferret which was a one day course.

I attended "Make Custom-Fit trousers" and am delighted to say that I now have a trouser Toile which fits me wonderfully well and a pattern I cannot wait to sew up.

There were 9 students in Janice's class and at first I wondered how she would manage to give us all sufficient attention, but she quickly got us measured and with instructions for how to improve the fit of the paper pattern before cutting the calico, we were swiftly on to our first fitting toile.

Once we had sewn the calico toile, Janice pinned or marked the neccesary adjustments, we sewed them in place and then went back for fine tuning. This sounds quick, but in fact we joked that it would have been easier to sew in our dressing gown and slippers to save time changing clothes. Tip: wear white underwear: it shows less obviously under pale calico! I'm sure we could have powered the National Grid with the level of concentration in the room.

It was a wonder to watch Janice pin a tuck here and a dart there, so that a saggy, baggy mess was resolved into a proper garment. I cannot recommend Janice's knowledge, fitting skills and kindness too highly.

We were provided with a "to bring" list which included our sewing machines and made suggestions for choosing an appropriate pattern. Janice provided lots of usefull equipment, like steam irons, ironing boards and seam rolls, which were set up and ready for us to use. So the class was well prepared in advance. We took our own lunch, but tea and coffee were constantly available, free.

I have come home with my beautiful Calico toile and a paper pattern to match. - very satisfied. Some attendees managed to also cut out in fashion fabric, or start making up.
One lady even went home with her pair fully lined and complete save for the button!

At the end of the second afternoon we had a "show and tell", from our class and also the Embellished Leather Handbags one. The bags were gloriously sumptuous, in the softest leather you could imagine. Here again some folk had managed to design, cut, line and make more than one, beautiful and useful bag in the two days available.

It is hoped that The Newbury Sewfest will become an annual event, possibly with longer residential courses, too. So I urge you to add the web site to your 'favourites' and check back in Spring '09 to see what Marion Scott-Baker has lined up for us over the Easter school holidays.

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AnneFromLambourn said... (10/26/08 2:10 PM) Reply
I was on the leather bagmaking class and I, too, had a wonderful time at Sewfest. It was a really enjoyable event. We need more events like this in the UK, I hope as many as possible will support it so it can thrive and grow.
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