The Carlisle Sewing Retreat - 17th June 2019

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The Carlisle Sewing  Retreat

17th - 21st June 2019


This Retreat is all about Couture. 

Couture sewing takes time and patience.  Much of the construction is done by hand often because the fabrics are tricky and there could be complicated design details. Since spending time with Claire Shaeffer, who is an internationally respected author, lecuturer and columnist and has a collection of over 2000 couture garments many of which are Chanel,  I have been inspired to do more couture sewing and share some of these skills. 


On this Retreat we will practice Couture techniques in the beautiful peaceful atmosphere of Dalston Hall Hotel.

I will be creating a lovely sewing space at the Hotel and teaching Sewing Techniques perfect for creating a Chanel Style Cardigan Jacket, Couture Skirt or Dress

The price will include 4 nights accommodation in this 4 star Hotel, breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner each day.

Over the three days we will

- discuss projects, make a toille and plan your couture garment

- pay a visit to Linton Tweeds the home of fabric produced and suppled to Couture houses such as Chanel, Yves St Laurent and Dior. We are excitied that Mrs Walker from Linton Tweeds will be giving us a talk about the company's fascinating history.

- practice the couture techniques which you may wish to use in your garment so that you can return home confident in how to complete your project.

Techniques will include :

Sample French Cardigan Jacket Front including quilted lining, seams, hems and how to apply chain

Pattern Matching

Pockets, Zips, Buttons & Buttonholes

Trims - Fringe, Piping, Applied & Inserted

What You Need To Bring : The pattern for your garment and fabric to make a toille, thread and your sewing Box.

What I Will Provide : Sewing machines, Irons & ironing Boards, pressing tools, haberdashery shop.  

I will also provide a Sample Book with all the materials needed to make your samples.


Maximum Number of Attendees: 12

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Venue: Dalston Hall Hotel in the heart of the Northern Lake District

Dates: 17th-21st June 2019

Start/End time: 9.30am-5pm

Duration: 3 days, 4 nights

Tutor: Claire Tyler


If you would like to reserve a place with a £100 (non refundable) deposit do please email

For details of the Non-Residential Option Click here 


The price of this retreat will be £895, if you would like to reserve your place with a £100 non refundable deposit do let me know asap and I will send a PayPal invoice. If you have any questions about this Retreat or if there is anything in particular you would like me to cover please do let me know.
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Workshop Start17 Jun 2019