Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

LET’S MEET ARCHIE

Meet Archie, a 14-year-old sewing sensation with dreams as big as his heart. In a world filled with endless possibilities, Archie has found his calling in the art of fashion and costume design.


Discovering a Passion:  Archie has already embarked on a sewing journey that speaks volumes about his dedication and talent.  Already equipped with  sewing skills, Archie was eager to dive deeper into the world of fabric and thread.


The Mary Quant Inspired Dress:  Drawing inspiration from the iconic designer, he skillfully brought his vision to life, weaving together creativity and craftsmanship in every stitch. The dress not only showcased Archie’s technical skills but also his ability to infuse personality and fun into his creations.


Learning and Growing: Under my guidance, Archie honed his existing skills and acquired new ones, transforming into a young maestro of the sewing machine. The classroom became his playground, and each lesson was an opportunity for him to explore, innovate, and refine his techniques.


A Beautiful Gift: Archie’s decided to use his skills to create a beautiful dress for his friend which would be worn in the school musical ‘Hairspray’. The garment wasn’t just a piece of fabric stitched together; it was a manifestation of friendship and artistic expression. Archie’s ability to blend functionality with artistic flair is a testament to his maturity as a young designer.


Dreams of the Future: Archie’s aspirations in fashion and costume design extend far beyond the sewing machine and he has set his sights on designing costume and fashion with a particular interest in vintage fashion.


Conclusion: In the world of sewing, Archie stands out not just for his age but for the passion and dedication he brings to every project. Archie’s journey is an inspiration to aspiring designers of all ages, proving that talent knows no boundaries when guided by creativity and passion for colour and cloth!

VINTAGE 1960’S DESIGN DETAILS

Archie used a lot of vintage styling in his design.  He used a PDF pattern from the Victoria and Albert museum inspired by a Mary Quant original dress. The pattern was created by Alice & Co. He used a metal zip, back shoulder darts, Peter Pan collar and big covered buttons – all design detailing that are era appropriate. He used his Brother Innov-is 15 sewing machine to create a contrast decorative stitch along the pockets and Peter Pan collar. The floral fabric print and in pink and orange was oozing Mary Quant!

As this style was such a success for him to make and also allowed him to learn lots of new sewing skills he has decided to make it again.  This time he is using another floral fabric from ‘Red Raspberry Design’.

Fancy sewing this similar style for yourself – check out this link to both this dressmaking pattern and this gorgeous Rose and Hubble yellow floral cotton poplin that I recommend in the online shop.

Want to read more about how inspirational a woman Mary Quant was and how she influenced fashion – check out this book in the online store.  This book  accompanied the V&A exhibition of Mary Quant in 2019 which I was lucky to visit. 

HAS ARCHIE INSPIRED YOU TO START SEWING?

Colour and Cloth teach all levels of Sewing Courses and Workshops so no matter what level you are at, there is no better time to start than now. How to sew styles like Archie, starts with learning how to thread your machine and then you are on your new creative journey. The new dates for all our classes and the Intermediate Sewing Course that Archie was on are ready for booking. Archie has now signed up for 2024. He used the Brother Innov-is15 sewing machine range to sew the dress.

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Christine Boyle

Christine Boyle

Creative Director

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anya hanna
anya hanna
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Just had a one to one class with Christine. It was brilliant! As a complete sewing machine novice I now feel confident enough to do everything from a multitude of different stitch styles on different fabrics to sewing button holes and zips! She taught me all the basics including how to wind on a bobbin, thread up and strip down the machine and tackle most rogue issues!! Brian was brilliant too and had serviced my lovely singer machine that had been sitting in a box for 10 years… since it was bought! I would thoroughly recommend them both! Thankyou
Lynn Anderson
Lynn Anderson
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I ver much enjoyed my classes with Christine! She's very knowledgeable and able to adapt things when I had problems with my pattern. The small group in the class were a lovely, friendly group of people. I'd thoroughly recommend!
Olivia
Olivia
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I just finished the 7 week beginner's course after a 10 year hiatus from sewing. I absolutely loved it, the classes are intensive but every week from when I entered until when I left Christine's studio it was like entering a time warp! 3 hours felt like 20 minutes as I learnt so many practical sewing skills. Christine is such an inspirational person with her creative projects and she absolutely reignited my love for sewing with her excellent teaching skills, creativity, patience and encouragement. Thank you Christine!
Rosie
Rosie
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I recently completed the 7-week sewing course at Colour and Cloth, mend and repair, led by the talented instructor Christine. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience that expanded my knowledge and skills in the world of sewing.Christine's expertise in mending and repairing textiles was evident from the start. She shared valuable insights on how to breathe new life into worn-out garments. Her passion for sustainable fashion and the importance of reducing waste resonated throughout the course.Christine's teaching style was clear and concise, making it easy to follow along and understand the intricacies of each method. She provided hands-on demonstrations and offered individualized guidance, ensuring that every participant felt supported and confident in their abilities.The small class size allowed for a collaborative and supportive environment. Sharing ideas and learning from fellow participants added an extra layer of inspiration and motivation. Christine fostered a sense of camaraderie among us, creating a space where we felt comfortable asking questions and seeking feedback from one another.I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in mending and repairing textiles while embracing their creativity.
Audrey Palnoch
Audrey Palnoch
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I have attended the Intermediate sewing course with Christine and have learnt so much. I am a self taught sewer and had a lot of bad habits. Christine is such a brilliant teacher she brings the best out of each of us. She is patient and encourages each of us to stretch ourselves but more than that guiding us along the way with her wealth of experience. I thoroughly recommend completing a sewing course with Christine that’s why I’ve signed up for another one!
Kathryn McBride
Kathryn McBride
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Having found Colour & Cloth online, Christine directed me to Brian who kindly overhauled and serviced my lovely treasure of a find: (a beautiful hand crank sewing machine "Sylvia" made by Harrods) and traced the model number back to 1876. The quick turnaround on servicing and knowledge of machines is impressive in itself and Brian's joy on seeing such a machine was obvious.By way of a one to one lesson, Christine took me through the absolute basics of sewing from how to thread "Sylvia" to stitching in various forms. She has also guided me in the best threads and fabrics to use to get the best from this older machine.Christine's knowledge and genuine passion of fabrics and sewing is infectious and her patience with me as the beginner has set me up to find joy in using this lovely instrument.Thank you Brian and Christine.
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