What Katy Did at Ray Stitch......

Our Summer School sessions are underway and one of our most popular regular classes - Pattern Cutting - ran as a 3 day intensive workshop last week. We were really pleased when the very lovely Katie Marcus - enviably stylish author of (officially!) two of London's best blogs - WhatKatieDoes and WhatKatieSews - accepted our invitation to take part and review the class.

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We've seen lots of Katie's makes on her sewing blog and, although she's modest about her skills, she's certainly been busy sewing up a wardrobe and we think she's pretty good. However, like many sewers who sometimes find the 'one shape fits all' aspect of commercial patterns frustrating, she felt it might be time to create her very own blocks.  Pattern cutting of course is all about measuring  and replicating your particular shape and ensuring that clothing fits - exactly.

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The certainty of the measuring and the mathematical calculations made in class, as well as the ability to look at other people's shapes and see how diverse we all are gives sewers invaluable knowledge about their own body shape.  Discussing the many ways in which a block can be adapted will also give the confidence to design your own garments or even to go back to commercial patterns and adapt them to fit perfectly. As with the learning of any new skill though, there is a degree of mental strain involved, that's why it's such a good idea to have a knowledgeable and experienced teacher like our very own Alice Prier to diffuse and demystify the complex information. The outcome far outweighs the small amount of strife that gets you there, hopefully Katie agrees with us on that one...

Read Katie's full story here on What Katy Sews.....

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