It’s so important to be able to read unbiased reviews from students who have attended classes previously. I find it gives confidence to others considering the same or similar courses and we now have the added benefit of working in a super new purpose built studio!
Thank you all for contributing to my success!
Many thanks to all who have taken the time to write reviews. it is particularly heartening to see that my contribution makes such a difference. Seeing students progress in skills and confidence is very rewarding and is one of the reasons I set up the school in 1995. It’s also very encouraging for students considering joining a class.
Janet Moville, founder of the Modern Approach Sewing School
Janet is a very knowledgeable, patient and talented teacher. She always has time for everyone and explains things in such a clear way that techniques, that once seemed daunting, make sense and are achievable. Lessons are enjoyable and then there is the great sense of achievement that comes from creating something from scratch. I would highly recommend her classes to anyone who has an interest in sewing.
Carmen Finn, May 20, 2021
Review: pattern fitting workshop
Really enjoyed this course. My bottom half is several sizes larger than my top half, so needless to say, conventional patterns are no good for me. But Janet has taught me how easy it is to make them fit nicely. I no longer have to try to draft my own patterns. Janet has so much knowledge and experience and a great teacher. Recommended
Karen Sheldon, May 19, 2021
Janet is a genius. I took part in the pattern fitting workshop this weekend and learnt so much, it was phenomenal. So many things that I don't think I would have learnt or understood anywhere else, and Janet made it feel almost easy. Couldn't recommend it more!
Francesca Warburton , May 18, 2021
My latest pattern drafting challenge. With Janet’s help I drafted this blouse pattern from a designer website and made it in a beautiful silk fabric . Next step is making it into a shirt dress! Thanks Janet , I’ve learnt so much
Cath Walsh, December 17, 2020
I was so pleased with the bag I made yesterday after not having done any sewing for 40 years! Had an enormous amount of fun as well as learning a lot.
Janet Breame, December 7, 2020
Janet is very nice. I am learning a lot with her. She is very patient with all of the students and she makes you feel very comfortable. I am Spanish and my English is not very good but she does an extra effort for me to explain me the words I don't understand. She will help with everything: patterns, fabric (I am very bad in that), design... Lessons are 3 hours but as you are so comfortable time flies.
There is only one bad thing and it is you would like to spend there the entire day.
Thanks you so much Janet
Alexandra Solera, November 11, 2020
Enjoying sewing classes with Janet, a very patient, methodical teacher,
always inspiring and in a league of her own!
I would recommend classes to anyone, nothing is too much trouble.
From Novice to Experienced Sewers, Janet
has a wealth of Knowledge in all areas.
Karen Beckett, November 10, 2020
I have been sewing all my life but was never happy with the fit or results. On retirement I looked for a sewing class near me and was fortunate enough to find Modern Approach. Janet is the most patient of teachers, always ready to pass on her knowledge and expertise. Her pattern and garment fitting is amazing and I am so happy with the results. My confidence has soared and I so look forward to my Thursday classes
Beryl Bourne, November 9, 2020
I thoroughly enjoy my weekly sessions with Janet. I’ve learnt tons of skills & gained a wealth of knowledge which I wouldn’t get from simply watching videos. I feel the studio provides a relaxed and stimulating environment conducive to learning, with all the tools and equipment needed to complete your chosen project. Janet is approachable and is always ready to guide and share her knowledge and expertise. I’ve been able to grow to become a confident sewer.
Neeta Mistry, November 8, 2020
I've been working with Janet on a personal project for my work on Mental Health for over a year and she is outstanding. Her technical skills, knowledge and professionalism are hands down amazing. Not only that - throughout lockdown her efforts to continue assisting personal projects online and creating weekly projects to help her school has been a Saviour. Thank you so much Janet.
Sara Nowell, November 8, 2020
Janet provides a way for you to learn to sew what you want to make, at a pace that suits you. No matter what project you want to work on she will have a way to do it. Clothes that will actually fit you, home furnishings, couture, she can do it all. A small friendly group, or one to one sessions. Highlight of my week going.
Jayne Diamond , November 8, 2020
I started in September. My previous sewing experience was over 30 years ago using my Mum's old Singer sewing machine.. Which I have to say was ancient..
All of the students are of varying ages and different levels of experience working on different projects.
Janet is a whirlwind of activity, so patient and encouraging.. Really enjoy attending..
Elaine Foster , November 8, 2020
I’ve been attending Janet’s classes for over ten years and absolutely love them. There is nothing she cannot help with. I’m a fairly experienced sewer and I’m still learning from Janet. She always has a better method that gives professional results.
Her studio is brilliant - she has everything you need in terms of materials and equipment and it gives you a chance to try out different machines from domestic sewing machine to overlockers, blind hemming, cover stitch machine and even an industrial machine - I love it!
I have covered a wide range of skills with Janet from pattern drafting, tailoring, soft furnishings to bag making, always learning more modern and less labour intensive techniques. I’ve had 1-1 sessions and also attend her weekly afternoon classes which I enjoy because sewing with a like-minded group of people is fun and we all learn from each other’s projects.
I bought my 8 nieces a beginner sewing class with Janet as a Christmas present- they absolutely loved their bespoke day with her .
To me, if you are a complete novice or an experienced sewer, you will get so much from Janet at The Modern Approach Sewing School.
Cath Walsh, November 8, 2020
I attended the beginners session in August after covid had delayed my initial session back in March. I had a fantastic day and learnt so much from Janet! Although there were 5 of us it felt like we were receiving one to one tuition as Janet was so helpful and a great teacher. I didn’t expect my tote bag to be as good as quality as what it turned out to be and that’s all down to Janet’s teaching. I only signed up for the one day, but I’m hoping to book onto another soon. Thank you so much Janet, it was a much needed day of creativity and fun!
Liz Welch, September 12, 2020