Clone Your Favourite Clothes with Claire-Louise Hardy


Do you have a favourite dress or top, or maybe the perfect pair of trousers that you’ve wished you could clone? On this course you’ll learn how create a pattern from your existing garment without you having to unpick! You’ll then make up a toile from your newly created pattern, and get expert fitting advice which will be translated back to your final pattern!

Sewing producer for the Great British Sewing Bee and fitting guru Claire-Louise Hardie, will walk you through all the processes needed to create a paper pattern from your garment. Depending on the speed you sew at and the complexity of the pattern you might even get to start sewing your final version.

About your teacher: Originally trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Claire-Louise has worked in all aspects of Costume for Theatre, Film and TV with an impressive CV of employers that includes ITV and BBC. Her diverse professional experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Sewing Producer for the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, a role she's done since 2012 when the show was first developed. When not teaching at The Thrifty Studio and other venues, she's also a Love Sewing Magazine columnist, a Sewing Bee Author and a costumier. Her first book, The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, won best sewing book 2015 in the British Sewing Awards. 

Skills needed: This class is aimed at confident sewers. You should already know how to sew and work with a commercial dressmaking pattern and have made several garments for yourself. 

Materials: You'll need to bring the item or items you wish to clone. All other tools and materials are included for class use. Students receive a 10% discount. 

Class size: 8

Class length: Two full days

Location: The Village Haberdashery at West Hampstead Square NW6 2BR

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