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Pattern Cutting Sunday 20th September: create paper pattern for a dress

If you fancy an idyllic Sunday 20th September creating a perfect paper pattern for a dress to fit and suit your figure type. We work in a magnificent location with lovely homemade lunch, ring Annie and book onto a course at the Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe, Cumbria.…

There are spaces available so book early. Looking forward to seeing you there – you get a free copy of my E-book, ‘Be Remarkable’.

Lovely colourful shift dress

Lovely colourful shift dress

Straight fitted sleeveless dress

Straight fitted sleeveless dres

Hermes style dress with a lovely pink band at the hem

Add sleeves or jacket to make it more formal.

Add sleeves or jacket to make it more formal.











If you did one last year then come along and build your sleeve and collar patterns.  You can easily alter neckline, shape of dress, fabric weight and pattern hem length and width to create a multitude of styles.  Just change the fabric and change the look and season – so easy – make more roomy and add a turle neck for autumn.Hope to see some of you there.


Urban v. Haute Couture

Interesting Street Style from Asia  the men seem to do it well, see below kinda cute.  As for Paris Fashion week, the designers seem to be showing a lot of space age metallic cloth and all in ones, that foil coated look is tricky to wear – I think the east seem to have a very cool take on relaxed urban future and ladylike street style that works in the every day.  The leather jackets and garments do futuristic better for me that lame and metallic fibres – its much more haute couture than urban.

street chic

Young and relaxed @ Micheal Kors

The leather weather has arrived, this jacket is purchased from Balenciaga.


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‘Be Remarkable: Love your figure type’.

As I publish my first Style book I am also advertising the ‘Launch of the Style Club’ 3 week blocks at the Kirkgate Arts Centre, Cockermouth, CA13 9PJ   itbegins Wed 19th Sept 5.30-7.30pm please pass on as I know lots of folk who are interested in style, ‘Young /Old’  ‘Male/ Female’  the knowledge they get is adaptable to their situation.  It is all about being stylish with what you have and just forming a sensible capsule wardrobe and gradually updating as you go.  As people gain the  fashion designer’s knowledge at a fraction of the cost of private sessions, they gain in confidence in order to spend more wisely. There will be a follow up in November for 3 weeks on ‘Colour and Style’.  These sessions will be useful to fully understand your complexion, colour mixing and ways to wear the things that aren’t your best colour but you love them!

Hope to see you there…

Little Black Dress

Had a lovely day yesterday, apart from listening to my daughter chat and play sounds on a Liverpool Radio station, I was also on a chat show with Ferni on Radio Cumbria. He’s really crazy a really enthusiastic guy. I told him all about my lecture on the Femme Fatale at the Little Black Dress Exhibition at Tullie House in Carlisle on the 16th Feb at 7.00pm

Everyone gets a glass of .. and hopefully comes in their favourite lbd,  I am really looking forward to it beginning to panic about it, coz it is going to be just like the day that Chanel invited all her guests to a show and demanded they all wore black after the death of her lover. I don’t know what its going to feel like talking to an all black sparkly audience probably terrifying. So dig out your black dresses especially for the occaission and find out what makes black so iconic. Hope someone turns up to see you there.

Carnet de Dame Catherine

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