Feedback

Field trips:

"I really enjoyed the trip to Saville Row – a once in a lifetime opportunity to see behind the scenes. It was really interesting to hear about all the different processes and people involved in making a bespoke suit and to see the set up of the tailors – renting tables, the different specialties etc. I was surprised to see how little fabric was used to make a 3 piece suit – nothing is wasted and also that there isn’t a pattern piece for every part of the garments.

The only thing I would have changed about the trip is for there to have been more time! I would also loved to have gone fabric shopping - although my son Adam would have been very upset and my husband Dave would definitely say I already have enough fabric (he’s right of course - I have more than enough to be going on with – perhaps next time!)

Thanks for organizing the trip I’m pleased I made the effort to come.
" June 2010

"Thankyou so so much for a really lovely day. It was great to see what goes on in Saville Row and how the suits are made. I found it fascinating. " June 2010

" Really enjoyed having a trip out to see Biba " ....student of Dressmaking for Improvers Course, Dec2009 - this feedback was left after joining me and other students for a trip to go and see designers portrait film "beyond Biba"


Dressmaking & Pattern Cutting Courses:

" Fantastic course. Fantastic teacher. I feel very privileged to have been taught by Alla - world class in her field. "....student of Next Steps in Pattern Cutting, April 2011

" I found the course enjoyable, very informative and inspiring. Such a shame it is coming to an end. I felt that speed of progress was set by the slowest person in the class, which was understandable, but was a shame because we could have covered even more! "....student of Next Steps in Pattern Cutting, April 2011

" Most interesting course! But because I didnt do "Beginners" Finds it a bit difficult - feel I'm lacking basics, which I might do the Be ginners course after all. "....student of Next Steps in Pattern Cutting, April 2011

" Amazing teacher. It was a broad scheme & we were able to cover different garments in just 10 lessons. I liked the waistcoat & trouser the best. They were very interesting to learn. "....student of Next Steps in Pattern Cutting, April 2011

" A very enjoyable course. Well structured +well paced. Allowing plenty of time to review homework as a group was very useful"....student of Pattern Cutting for Beginners Course, Dec 2010

" Fantastic course, complements the dressmaking course beautifully. This course has inspired me to want to seek employment in this area and to continue further my knowledge"....student of Pattern Cutting for Beginners Course, Dec 2010

" Have really enjoyed the course. Great feeling of community is fostered by our tutor Alla, who brings together both dressmakers and pattern cutters with communal away days"....student of Pattern Cutting for Beginners Course, Dec 2010

" I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Alla's classes & may I continue to be a student of a delightful & professional tutor"....student of Pattern Cutting for Beginners Course, Dec 2010

" Very friendly and lots of new techniques + shared ideas, enjoyed it a lot!"....student of Next Steps in Dressmaking Course, Nov 2010

" I found the course very informative, learning how to read patterns without actually reading them was the biggest help to me as i that is always were i get stuck. The course has given me confidence to try different techniques i wouldn't usually try. Learning how to put a sleeve in is the biggest help as this is a skill i will have for life."....student of Next Steps in Dressmaking Course, Nov 2010

" An excellent course with superb teaching and guidance. I've found a real step-up in my knowledge and understanding of more complicated sewing techniques"....student of Next Steps in Dressmaking Course, Nov 2010

" No improvements - i enjoyed every lesson, as well as your handy emails that you sent out."....student of Next Steps in Dressmaking Course, Nov 2010

" Super class with a tutor prepared to spend time with each individual student. Most inspiring course, which has improved my confidence. I feel the urge to go further with other courses."....student of Next Steps in Dressmaking Course, Nov 2010

" Really enjoyed the course and feel I've learnt a lot in 10 weeks"....student of Dressmaking for Absolute Beginners Course, Nov 2010

" Alla was very personable +inspirational. She used the forum to promote communications outside of college + share learning. She also provided extra curiccular opportunities, which were well organized and enjoyable"....student of Dressmaking for Absolute Beginners Course, Nov 2010

" This course is very useful, can apply all the techniques into my daily living making my children clothes"....student of Dressmaking for Improvers Course, July 2010

" I would like to move to an advanced course because I want to be a dressmaker in the future. I found this course to be brilliantly helpful to confirm my ambitions. I found my course tutor to be exceptionally helpful."....student of Dressmaking for Improvers Course, July 2010

" This is fantastic and I have loved every minute and will be doing the next one "...student of Dressmaking for All Course, March2010

" Lots of fun, practical experience and really useful tips, help and feedback from Alla. Excellent course "...student of Dressmaking for All Course, March2010

" Fantastic course. I've Enjoyed every minute, and the teaching has been brilliant. I only intended to do just this course, but have learnt so much and found it so useful that I have decided to do the next level "...student of Dressmaking for All Course, March2010

" If it was not for Alla I would not be doing so well on my university course, going for an A again. Thank you Alla, your pattern cutting lessons have been invaluable." ....student of pattern cutting course, Jan2010

" I really enjoyed Saturday's pattern cutting course - i love understanding the construction basics! " ....student of pattern cutting course, Jan2010

" I have really learnt alot in this course and would like to keep learning, doing more courses and maybe look into a City and Guilds " ....student of Dressmaking for Improvers Course, Dec2009

" Alla is probably the best teacher I have been taught by in a college, she always finds a way to get through to me. Please keep her on as a teacher " ....student of Dressmaking for Improvers Course, Dec2009

" Excellent tutor, very good atmosphere - very positive " ....student of Dressmaking for All Course, Nov2009

" Thank you so very much for your time and helping me with the pattern construction. Very inspiring to me. Much appreciated " ....one-to-one tuition, Jan2009


Bespoke:

" Hi Alla,
Just a belated note to say thank you so much for making my beautiful wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses.
The day was the most amazing + overwhelming experience. Love Katy
"

" To Alla,
Thank you so very much for making such a beautiful wedding dress for me. It is just perfect.
Thank you once again. Love Gwyn
"