Couture Sewing Courses

Our residential couture sewing courses are taught by Jon Moore in the purpose built studio at Gaddens Manor House.

The Classic Fitted English Tailored Jacket

About the course

In the summer of 2017 I ran a very successful Body Double Course, which ended with draping a Classic English Tailored Jacket. I draped this classic jacket myself, a four button, collar and revers pattern, which has now been graded into five sizes. However, those students who made their toiles last year will have the opportunity on this course of working from their own pattern, should they wish, transforming them into beautiful original tweed jackets.

I have once again collaborated with Laurent Garigue in London to supply a beautiful Donegal tweed in 19 colours to make this jacket!

The course will cover trace tacking a pattern, backing with hair canvas, pad stitching a collar and revers, putting on a collar and setting in sleeves by hand. I also hope to show how to put in a pure silk lining by hand and how to tackle handmade buttonholes!

Supplies

All supplies required to make the projects are included in the cost of the workshop:

  • Pure wool tweed from Laurent Garigue
  • Hair canvas in two weights and collar canvas
  • Pure silk satin lining
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes
  • Sewing thread
  • Basting cotton
  • Needles
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos.
Board and cost

We can offer six single rooms and one shared room with en-suite, Full board. Breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a hot lunch and light supper each day. On the five-day workshops we will start with a welcome tea and early evening supper on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant. The three-day workshop will run over a long weekend with students arriving any time on Thursday evening, the course starting on Friday morning at 9.00am – Sunday at 5.00pm, with a celebration dinner, at Gaddens on Saturday night.

We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food.

Location

Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor.

Price

The Classic Fitted English Tailored Jacket Course – £1,750.00

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June 3th-8th 2018

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June 10th-15th 2018

The Couture Bias Cut Wool Crepe Dress

About the course

I have designed and draped this dress as an introduction to working on the cross grain. Bias cutting gives a unique fit, which is impossible to achieve in any other way.

The dress will be trace tacked and backed with pure silk georgette and then lined in pure silk satin. I have cut the short sleeve to give the dress a modern edge and to introduce satin binding and backing with organza. However, I have also cut a classic long straight sleeve to work with this pattern for those who prefer a more traditional look.

This dress was conceived as a perfect Little Black Dress but the wool crepe from Laurent Garigue is available in 23 wonderful colours!

Supplies

All supplies required to make the projects are included in the cost of the workshop:

 

  • Pure wool crepe in 20 colours from Laurent Garigue.
  • Pure silk georgette and satin to tone.
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes.
  • Sewing thread.
  • Basting cotton.
  • Needles.
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos.
Board and cost

We can offer six single rooms and one shared room with en-suite, Full board. Breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a hot lunch and light supper each day. On the five-day workshops we will start with a welcome tea and early evening supper on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant. The three-day workshop will run over a long weekend with students arriving any time on Thursday evening, the course starting on Friday morning at 9.00am – Sunday at 5.00pm, with a celebration dinner, at Gaddens on Saturday night.

We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food.

Location

Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor.

Price

The Couture Bias Cut Wool Crepe Dress Project – £1,825.00

The Couture Bias Silk Top

About the course

This weekend course is a first and is in response to students who wanted a shorter course but still get the full Couture treatment! Arriving anytime on Thursday evening the course will start at 9.00 on Friday morning and run over the weekend and finish on Sunday at 5.00pm.

This course is an introduction to working in silk and on the bias. The top is made out of pure silk satin and backed on pure silk georgette. The top is trace tacked, backed and stab stitched and the turnings hand over sewn. The side slits and cap sleeves are supported by bias cut band of silk organza.

The satin for this top is available in 75 colours!!

Supplies

All supplies required to make the projects are included in the cost of the workshop:

 

  • Pure silk satin in 75 colours.
  • Pure silk georgette backing.
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes.
  • Sewing thread.
  • Basting cotton.
  • Needles.
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos
Board and cost

We can offer six single rooms and one shared room with en-suite, Full board. Breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a hot lunch and light supper each day. On the five-day workshops we will start with a welcome tea and early evening supper on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant. The three-day workshop will run over a long weekend with students arriving any time on Thursday evening, the course starting on Friday morning at 9.00am – Sunday at 5.00pm, with a celebration dinner, at Gaddens on Saturday night.

We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food.

Location

Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor.

Price

The Couture Bias Top Course – £975.00

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August 10th -13th 2018

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October 7th-12th 2018

The Perfect Body Double and Draping a Tailored Jacket

About the course

Over the many years I have been making Couture clothes for private clients, I have developed a method of padding a stand to create the perfect replica of the client’s body from which to work. On this course we will work from a display mannequin, and learn how to pad and cover it, to replicate your own body exactly!

I will show you how to take accurate body measurements using my measurement chart and then pad the stand to build up an exact body double. Finally, a calico cover is created to give your stand that professional finish. Having made your body double, I will then show you how to drape a tailored jacket on your bespoke stand, creating your unique couture pattern. All the techniques you will need to make this padded stand will be demonstrated and all the processes are described and photographed in the book that is provided with the course. You go home with a perfect replica of you and a unique jacket pattern.

Supplies

All supplies required to make the projects are included in the cost of the workshop:

 

  • Mannequin display stand.
  • Polyester wadding.
  • Calico to cover stand and make toile.
  • Sewing thread.
  • Basting cotton.
  • Needles.
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos.
Board and cost

We can offer six single rooms and one shared room with en-suite, Full board. Breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a hot lunch and light supper each day. On the five-day workshops we will start with a welcome tea and early evening supper on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant. The three-day workshop will run over a long weekend with students arriving any time on Thursday evening, the course starting on Friday morning at 9.00am – Sunday at 5.00pm, with a celebration dinner, at Gaddens on Saturday night.

We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food.

Location

Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor.

Price

The Perfect Body Double Course – £1,425.00

Gaddens Manor House

Built in the early 1920s, Gaddens Manor House is situated in the heart of the New Forest on the Dorset/Hampshire border.

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