Dressmaking Reviews

“Coming away with the pattern/ pattern block is going to be invaluable – I’ve already bought some dot & cross paper and a pattern master ready to get started on my next one! I feel reinvigorated in terms of sewing. Also, hidden zips, overlocking skills, adding more pattern notches, the best way to design facings…the list is many! Nikki is professional, friendly, knowledgeable and happy to give us the individual attention to make sure that we all achieve what we came for. It was obvious that her passion came from years of experience and a love for her role. Helen was a delight to learn from. Professional, reams and reams of experience, shared lots of technical information and hugely passionate. I learnt a lot about dressmaking techniques. Helen has a very clear way of breaking the steps down and explaining what and why.” – Julia R

“I didn’t come with any expectation on learning, just the idea of a holiday and coming away with a lovely frock. Having said that I feel I learnt so much and now feel confident to make more clothes and understand how a pattern works. Both tutors are excellent, know their stuff and are generous and sharing with their knowledge.” – Sharon

“A very warm welcome greeted me in the form of Suzi, and my room in the house was perfect, comfortable, clean & a nice size with sea views. I learned so much from Nikki & Helen. Both were perfect teachers, so patient and took their time to explain and re-explain as necessary. Both lovely ladies with a wonderful sense of humour. I was worried my learning style would be too slow but they really do cater to your needs & give as much hands on/off as you need. I now know how to make my own perfect little black dress & I will be making more in lots of colours & fabrics. I’ve been given the confidence & learning tools to continue & improve my sewing skills as well as having made friends that I know I’ll keep in touch with. For me this was worth a long travel from Scotland & I look forward to attending further courses in the future. If you’re hesitating over the price or location or even your own sewing skills, don’t! Go for it, worth every penny & I promise you won’t be disappointed.” – Sara

“Helen is extremely professional and has a very approachable nature. She is very patient and puts people at ease immediately. She is definitely the type of person who wants to help others and wants to bring out the best in them. Her teaching practice was second to none, very clear communicating technical terms and very clear demonstrations.” – Claire

“I enjoyed every aspect of the course, I don’t have any dislikes from the week. Fab people and amazing, talented teachers. They have so much patience.” – Michelle

“I’ve loved every minute of it! This has been a brilliant course and I would recommend it to anybody with an interest in or some background/experience in sewing. The food, hot tub, surroundings, house…Tutors were fantastic – patient, helpful, entertaining, great company and super hardworking. Can’t fault them in any way. This is a perfect creative retreat by the sea – a chance to think about barely anything but sewing until you go home – with a dress you’ll wear for years.” – Claire R

“I loved it all, not one aspect was dull! This is the first sewing course I had ever been on and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was excellent! I learnt so much, it was fun, I made lots of new friends. I now have a pattern perfect for me and not only do I have the LBD but have a LRedD, a LBlueD, and a white linen one for the summer, I am constantly on the look out for fabric to add to my wardrobe (in my case floordrobe) and I like to look out for accessories to attach…Lace, bronglyongly (my way of saying and spelling it)! The accommodation was first class, I bet no other sewing course in the country would have a house like Bryn Berwyn, with hot tub and sea views and by the beach with a waterfall, what more could one ask for? Oh yes I forgot to mention the lectures -they were brill, and lastly the food was exquisite! Thank you x” – Gilly

“Nikki is helpful, patient, kind, funny, a wealth of information, open, honest and inclusive. A ray of sunshine. Helen’s skills are exceptional and she has the patience and generosity to pass these on.” – Julia

“Thank you ladies. I’ve had a fantastic few days on the made to measure dress making course. I LOVE the dress. From having very limited experience of dress making, to being able to make my made to measure dress, is amazing. I can’t thank you enough. I’m inspired to make make more dresses now.” – Liz

“Had such a fabulous time on this course. Learnt lots, met lovely people, the accommodation was wonderful, had fun and the food and wine  were excellent too! Would love to do it again with a different shape dress next time.” – Tracy

“Thank you for renewing my interest in sewing and for a great time meeting new people in such a wonderful setting.” – Sue

“Sewing is a pleasurable pastime and it has been a great holiday, with amazing people and food”. – Donna