Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

Creative Sewing Courses & Workshops for Everyone

WHY I LOVE CAPES

In my personal collection, capes are more than just garments; I have two sewn from scratch, two upcycles, and two thrift shop treasures.

I want to share the magic behind my latest creations, hoping to inspire you to dive into the world of sewing and make your very own statement cape!

Using McCalls M7477 pattern, opting for the effortlessly chic Style C, I fashioned a mesmerizing green and black silk tweed lining it with green silk twill.

But here’s the secret—it’s not just for seasoned seamstresses! This pattern is a dream for Progressive Beginners, with its simplicity in both design and instructions. Your journey into the world of capes can begin right here!

Now, imagine the same spellbinding cape, reborn in a pink and cream Donegal tweed. I took it up a notch, choosing the E design for extra length and infusing it with personality. Inseam pockets? Check. Detachable fur collar? Double-check. Oh, and a detachable hood for that extra touch of flair. Every seam meticulously taped and overlocked, ensuring the fabric dances gracefully in your hands. I even embraced the fringed selvedge edge at the centre back seam, turning a simple detail into a visual feast.

Here’s the plot twist: I stumbled upon a luxury faux fur cream hood in a charity shop, a mere 50 pence turning into the crown jewel of my creation—a detachable fur collar. The lining, a sumptuous cream haboti silk, adds the finishing touch to this show-stopping ensemble. 

MARINA’S CAPE

After progressing from Beginner level where she made a gorgeous reversible kimono style jacket, Marina is now on her second Intermediate term. Last term she made trousers and a blouse. This term Marina has been making this stylish cape using Donegal tweed fabric and a jacquard viscose acetate lining.  Check her progress so far in the gallery.  She has chosen style A and using VOGUE V8959 sewing pattern.

SEW YOUR OWN STYLISH CAPE AND TURN HEADS!

So, what are you waiting for? Dive into the world of sewing and wrap yourself in the warmth of a handmade cape that tells a story uniquely yours. 

New dates for both our Intermediate Sewing Course and Advanced Dressmaking and Tailoring Course are ready for booking.  Both cape styles featured are perfect projects to sew on these courses and you will be guided through every step.

There are a range of cape sewing patterns in the online sewing shop and also Donegal tweed and jacquard linings…click the highlighted links to purchase.

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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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