I want to be able to sew beautiful things. I really do. I go to shops like Wallis and John Lewis just to look at the finishing on the clothes there. They are so well made, and I want the things I make to be like that. I have numerous books on professional sewing techniques and couture sewing techniques like this one
and books by Claire Shaeffer and Roberta Carr. However, I need guidance. I am a visual learner, and though the books give you an idea, I need to see someone do something, for it to really stick in my head. When Craftsy offered the Couture Dress class with Susan Khalje, I did not even blink. I purchased it straight away. I have learned a great deal from that class, and I continue to learn from it every time I watch it.
Which got me thinking.
Why don’t we have established sewing teachers like they have in the States? Oh don’t get me wrong, I am sure we have experts as well, but why do we not know of them? Anyone who is new to sewing and blogging, will undoubtedly read about Susan Khalje, Claire Shaeffer, Kenneth King and Sandra Betzina within 1 day of reading blogs. I am still to read about someone based in the UK who is spoken of with the same reverence reserved for the above mentioned experts. I know ages ago we had Ann Ladsbury, and that, is because of the numerous books she authored. What about the experts of today?
Not long ago, Karen posted about her experience, taking sewing lessons from Beth. Now that is the kind of tuition I am looking for. One of those experiences you really want to have. I don’t mind shelling out a few of the Queen’s faces to get good quality guidance from a sewing expert. But where are they?