Pulling new tricks out the bag…

On a chilly November Morning four girls spilled into a car and drove far far away to the wine lands. Not to go drink wine, but to sew…



We arrived at the Elizabeth Galloway Academy of Fashion Design to be greeted by a charming man in red shoes. I asked if I should bring a jersey or if it was warm inside and Derek answered “No need for the jersey, today you’re going to work till you’re hot” so we followed him into the building and up the stairs, and I started wondering what I’d gotten myself into.

The room had about 20 working stations set up with industrial sewing machines and here and there a steam iron and plastic water can, was suspended from the ceiling resembling a drip in a hospital.

Some of the students from the academy where there to help us, they had already cut out the material we would need to make the bags and assembled a pile of pretty ribbons that we could use to make our bags unique and more personal.

About an hour later we had all started creating our very own beach tote. I chose beige and navy for my bag, and decided that I would like a simple pleat in the front. With help from Mihke Henn, my own personal, extremely patient 3rd year student, I managed to make my very own bag.

Mihke working with my bag

The experience made me feel very handy and I am now considering buying a sewing machine to make simple slip dresses and other odds and ends.

The Elizabeth Galloway Academy offers a couple of programs for aspiring designers or fashion enthusiast to hone some new skills or create a career in Fashion.

It was a wonderful experience to create something useful from scratch and I am looking forward to another day of instruction… I’ve heard talk of pleated skirts.