Hi Readers! Two weeks ago I spent a weekend at Gill Arnold‘s sewing school learning Designer Speed Tailoring. Before I joined I was hesitant about the class for two reasons: the website doesn’t provide much details about the course and the garments shown in the photos aren’t exactly to my style. Anyway I took the plunge and joined the class… and I enjoyed it 100%.
Gill’s studio is in Birmingham, UK. Mr H drove me on day one (thank you!) and on arrival, fabric, fusible interfacing, notes and sewing box were neatly arranged on the table for each student.
The class size is small, there were 5 students (including me) in the class and I think the maximum number is 6 so each student got plenty of one to one advice from Gill. The studio itself doesn’t have the latest decor but it’s filled with daylight and the sewing machines are the latest Bernina 5 series. The sewing machines are set on proper Horn cabinet as well so it took no time to get comfortable with the sewing positions.
Gill was very clear with her instructions and she went through all the sewing steps in great detail. We learnt to fuse the interfacing and press properly, where to use the appropriate type of interfacing, turning corners inside out without trimming and weakening the seam. The lapels and collars were sewn with ‘tailor’s blister so the correct side of the garment is favoured.
On day two, we went through the collar construction process. Majority of the collar construction was done by machine with only a little bit of hand stitching.
In addition to turning the hem properly, we also learnt how to set in the sleeve evenly.
I learnt so much on the two days and scribbled a lot of reminders on the notes. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to understand how fusible interfacing can be used efficiently and professionally. Here’s my sample half jacket before pressing and putting in the sleeve head:
I should also mention that this class does not include lining insertion, pockets and buttonholes. Gill has separate course for these and I’ve already signed up to the latter. I’m also on the waiting list for the 3 day Chanel jacket course in September. If it wasn’t for the rather long drive and pricy petrol I would have joined more classes!