I'd had bad experiences with sewing at school, however, in recent times had been considering trying to learn as I love dresses, especially vintage ones and the thought of making my own was very appealing. I found Ellie through a search on google and booked my first class. I was extremely nervous and anxious as had always found the sewing machines very difficult to use at school. Ellie made me feel instantly relaxed and I went home with a tote bag - it didn't seem so daunting now! Now within 2 months, I've just finished my first dress based on one of my favourite rockabilly dresses and I love it and so do all my friends. Ellie is fantastic at explaining dressmaking techniques and I'm astounded by how much I have learned in a relatively short time. The classes are also really fun and lively and I look forward to them every week. It's obvious that Ellie gets as much enjoyment out of teaching and sharing her knowledge and expertise, as I do out of learing this wonderful new skill. Two months ago, I knew nothing - now I know how to read a pattern, cut fabric, various techniques (e.g. pleats, gathers, seams, piping etc) and I have enough confidence to try a simple pattern at home on my own. I would highly recommend Ellie to anyone thinking about starting out.
- ( click here to view Ruth's' dress)