Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Mortmain fest

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

16 comments:

  1. Gosh I love those dresses, I am remarrying in two months and I want to make my own dress, so I think something similar with a short jacket would be great.
    Jane your a Jill of all trades, I love your posts.
    Love Rosie. xxx

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    1. Thanks Rosie! I think this dress would be lovely for a wedding with a short jacket. Best of luck making your wedding dress! x

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  2. Fabulous stitching and impressive finishes.

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    1. Thank you, they were all fab! x

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  3. Wow! What a great opportunity for you[ you must have really taught them well. They (every one of them) did a great job. The dresses are very nice and each one although different from one another in colour and trims turned out wonderfully. I think you will be teaching more and more, as well. I only wish I could attend one of your classes.

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    1. They really did do a fabulous job, the finished dresses are amazing! x

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  4. What a fantastic couple of days, I really enjoyed myself. So lovely to have nothing to do but sew and drink tea! My dress is nearly finished ; something to do tonigh. Thank you for your expert tuition and see you soon xx

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    1. Ah so glad you enjoyed it Julia! See you soon in Ealing I hope! x

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  5. Such fun and cute dresses!I teach sewing to young girls but would love to teach ladies sometime!

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    1. I've taught a couple of classes to young girls and I have to say I much prefer teaching ladies! It really was fab! x

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  6. They all look great. Well done on your first course. Jo x

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  7. really pretty dresses and your class look like it was fun

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  8. How lovely to see the same dress in different fabrics and sizes. They all look fabulous.

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