Reviews

    Tailoring

    • Geraline Palmer says:

      Thank you Aneka I have learned Invaluable Sewing Techniques on your Tailoring course in November. This is the second course I have been on. The quality of my projects have improved. You are a professional in every sense.

      The only problem is Somerset is very far from where I live, although it was worth the long distance.

    • Linda R says:

      Aneka easily deserves 5 stars, perhaps even 6! With her help I have constructed the most professional garment I have ever made, with help and advice at every stage to finish the jacket to a high standard.

    • Fiona Monaghan says:

      This is an extremely full on course. Aneka imparts so much knowledge and expertise – you can’t help to come away with improved sewing skills. I am so pleased with my jacket, the fit is perfect and it is the first garment I have made that has not got any home-made ‘tells’. I thoroughly recommend it – but be prepared for homework!

    • Jenny Sawyer says:

      A fantastic course that was truly tailor made to each of the participants. A great balance of getting to grips with your own project while additionally learning different techniques from the other projects undertaken by the rest of the group. Highly recommended.

    • Maxine Field says:

      Another wonderful class with Aneka and I can’t wait to be enrolled on the next one. Aneka is a wonderful teacher, extremely knowledgeable and very generous with her time and knowledge. I’m so pleased with my jacket and can’t wait to wear it.

    • Geraldine Palmer says:

      Aneka was very knowledgable also a great instructor. She was very friendly, patient and gave clear instructions. The class size was small, this worked really well. I certainly learned a lot. There is nothing as good as a tailored jacket.

      Overall she gave me a good understanding of Tailoring which will help me when making future projects.

    • Chris Baker says:

      I did enjoy Aneka’s tailoring course. I chose to use traditional methods as I wanted to know what goes into the construction of a bespoke jacket. Aneka took me through step by step and the result is a jacket to be proud of that actually fits. My sewing skills were rather rusty after 20 years away from my needle, but she was very patient with me, allowing me to work at my own pace. Her knowledge of design and construction is unparallelled. A thoroughly satisfactory week. Onwards to trousers now!

    • Anne Stoye says:

      I very much enjoyed this course. We worked at our own pace, and Aneka always noticed when we needed help or advice. Under her expert guidance, the fit (and pattern) of my jacket was much improved, and I learnt a range of new-to-me traditional tailoring techniques (my choice – there is a great deal of flexibility over the content of the course to suit the participants). Aneka was a generous teacher, including sharing ideas about sourcing specialist fabrics and haberdashery. Her own clothes and projects as well as the results achieved by her pupils give inspiration and show her competence.

      I look forward to attending more courses.

    • Tracey Roberts says:

      What another amazing course taught by a very talented young lady ! Aneka persuaded me to spend a little more on my fabric choice ( a gorgeous bright pink Harris Tweed) and with her expert tuition and guidance I have made a beautiful jacket. I no longer have to put up with jackets that are too long for my arms, I now have a pattern that truly ‘fits like a glove’.

      Can’t wait to start the Chanel jacket next year.

      Thank you so much Aneka.

    • Julia Walder says:

      What a brilliant course. I have learnt so many new skills and I have a beautiful coat that actually fits!
      Aneka is a fabulous teacher, who has endless patience.
      With only four people on the course there is plenty of opportunity for 1-2-1 attention, so you come away with a coat tailored to you own individual reuirementa, using a variety of tailoring techniques.
      You will never look at a coat in the same way!!

    Individual Tutorials

    • Jane Wilkie says:

      I have just created a tailored shirt under Aneka’s watchful eye on another of her excellent one to one workshops. Aneka carefully guided me through the various stages of making a properly fitted and constructed shirt. We made a toile to start which was exceedingly useful as it needed a lot of adjustment before we were satisfied with the fit. Aneka was very patient as I went through all the sewing processes and thanks to her skill and enthusiasm I now have a perfectly fitting summer shirt which is much admired whenever I wear it. Another bonus is the fact that I have a perfectly fitted pattern template for future use. I have been on several one to one courses with Aneka and can thoroughly recommend them for the personal attention she provides.

    • Liz Bourdon says:

      Brilliant one-to-one. Aneka went through the functions on my new machine and how the travelling foot worked etc.
      Cannot recommend her highly enough.

    • Inga Lamb says:

      What a wonderful experience I am having working with Aneka. I am so excited about my one to one course, which is teaching me to design, cut and create my own lingerie line. Aneka’s patience, skill and enthusiasm has made it really easy for me to create and produce my products in an incredibly short time. I am so thrilled with my course. Thank you! Inga Lamb

    • Martyn Williams says:

      I am a complete beginner and had a sewing machine bought for me over 3 yrs ago for Christmas and it’s not been out if it’s box….until now. Aneka is a great teacher and has been incredibly patient. The teaching environment is gorgeous in a beautiful setting and I feel just after 2 sessions I have been inspired to become a sewing bee. Thank you Aneka for making learning so much fun, for building my confidence in a new skill and helping me make things that actually look good. You are a star and I can’t wait to continue learning with you. Highly recommended

    • Tracey Roberts says:

      I was given several 1:1 sessions with Aneka as a present from my husband. Having completed several courses already at Made to Sew I decided to learn how to make my first ‘block’. The patience Aneka has shown is astonishing. Her knowledge and expertise along with her teaching skills is second to none. I now have a block that fits perfectly and can’t wait to start making several new dresses for work. Just need another session now to draft a jacket pattern from my block.
      Highly recommended.

    • Christine Turner says:

      Spent a very productive hour learning how to shorten the sleeves on my shop bought tailored jacket. As always, Aneka was very informative and I came away feeling able to finish the task at home. I needed to contact her again with a query and my concerns were addressed very promptly and suggestions made how I could overcome the problem that had arisen. I feel that both my time and money were well spent.

    • Jane Wilkie says:

      Back again for another great one to one session! This time it’a shirt making and no fiddling about trying to adjust the pattern – I have made a calico toile to ensure I have a perfectly fitted garment. Thank you Aneka, your attention to detail is fantastic.

    • Jane Wilkie says:

      I have just enjoyed another great one to one session with Aneka making piped cushions. Aneka is such a patient, caring teacher and nothing was too much trouble for her as she guided me through all the processes. Thanks to her help I have created a cushion I am really proud of – I cannot recommend these sessions highly enough, they are great fun and informative at the same time, in fact quite perfect. Thank you so much Aneka.

    • Roz January 2016 says:

      Really great session, Aneka made what I thought was an impossible project , possible. I now have a pattern for my favourite dress and can start sourcing the material for a new version.

    • Shuna says:

      I have just been fortunate enough to have a couple of one to one sessions with Aneka so I could learn how to adjust a pattern to fit me properly. Aneka was faultless in her enthusiasm and determination to help me get it just right. I really enjoyed the time I spent with her and would recommend her to anyone who is struggling to make clothes that fit. Thank you very much Aneka.

    Learn To Sew - The Basics

    • Rebecca Small says:

      Brilliant course. I went from a bit scared to even touch the machine in case it went off to confidently looking at pictures in magazines and thinking ‘I could make that’. As well as the knowledge it gives you confidence to give it a go. Definitely recommend.

    • Gemma says:

      I can’t recommend this class enough. I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since school and remembered nothing about it but now have the knowledge and confidence to sew projects at home. Aneka is a brilliant teacher and takes the time to make sure you understand what you’re doing and why rather than just telling you how to do it.

    • Mary Evered says:

      Really enjoyed the course.Aneka was a wonderful tout or and very patient . Looking forward to more courses in the future.

    • Ann Rudge says:

      What a wonderful way to learn new skills taught by a marvellous teacher who shares knowledge in a way all ages can understand. I have more knowledge on using my new machine after this weekend and cannot wait to do my next project. I am looking forward to my next course in two weeks. Aneka you are a treasure.x

    • Stacy Grant says:

      What a fantastic course! Aneka has amazing patience and truly inspirational. I would never have imagined I could make such a professional looking item after two days. I have learnt so much and can’t wait to attend another course

      Thank you Aneka

    • Debra says:

      Thank you Aneka for a wonderful 2 days, the weekend went so quickly! You are an excellent, patient teacher who is keen to share all her experience to help a real beginner make 3 very professional looking items. Your friendly approach means I now feel confident to tackle projects by myself at home. I’m looking forward to my next course with you! X

    • Katie says:

      Loved this class – my first at Made to Sew and certainly not my last. Did quite a bit of sewing as a teenager, but now know a great deal more about my almost 30-year old sewing machine and what foot, stitch length etc to use for perfect seams, zips and top stitching. Can’t believe how professional my tote bag and wash bag in particular look. Attending the class has greatly improved my standard of sewing and inspired me to sew again. The course was a great way to spend some dark winter evenings and I wish it had gone on longer.

    • Rebecca says:

      Fantastic course, would highly recommend! Aneka and Victoria are highly experienced and provide such great support. I now having the sewing bug and can not wait for for the next course !

    • Kath Dwyer says:

      I have spent 12 hours learning so much from a very patient, knowledgeable, friendly and inspiring lady. I had been given a machine a few years ago and had only really attempted very basic projects (not very neat).
      The first lesson was making a cushion cover which my daughter absolutely loves , I still can’t quite believe I made it. Second lesson was a reversible bag which I use practically every day and love to bits. The last lesson was making a wash bag which was great ( I personally think its too nice to use as a wash bag)
      In the 12 hours with Anneka I have learnt so much and feel more confident when attempting new projects. I am going to be booking up for the dressmaking course as I would love to make clothes for myself and my daughter’s.

    • Julie Weeks says:

      Aneka’s classes and enthusiasm are addictive, I have learnt more in 12 hours spent in her class than I have in my lifetime. What’s more you get to make some lovely things too….I’ve now signed up to her curtain making class and can’t wait to get started – thankyou Aneka