For the past two Sundays I've been teaching a Mortmain dress class at Badger and Earl. The Mortmain pattern is a simple shape (fitted bodice, waistband and skirt), with a few interesting techniques to get your teeth into (box pleats on the skirt and an exposed zip). This was the first adult class I've taught and I have to say, it was an absolute pleasure.
The four women who took the course (Joanne, Nicky, Jo and Julia) were all very enthusiastic about the pattern and it was great to chat about sewing with such a lovely bunch. Week one was taken up with sizing, cutting out the pattern and fabric and sewing up the bodice and skirt. Week two involved all the fiddly bits - waistbands, facings and inserting the exposed zip.
Time ran away with us, but by the end of the day on Sunday, they'd just about managed to finish their dresses (bar hemming and a couple of rogue exposed zip seams). The best thing for me was seeing what a great fit they all achieved. I can't take any credit for this alas, as it was purely down to the fab pattern - it seemed to fit all four of them straight out of the packet! It's very well drafted and the instructions are clear and straight forward - it made my job a lot easier!
|Joanne's exposed zip which worked perfectly with her fabric choice|
The four fabrics they chose all had a bit of a vintage vibe going on, which worked well with the retro style of the pattern. Behold their beautiful Mortmains - they're all so pretty!
And here I am trying to muscle in and steal some of their well earned glory!
Thank you Joanne, Nicky, Jo and Julia for making it such a wonderful experience. Details of future Badger and Earl courses can be found here. x