Lynne McCrossan: Cutting-edge girls saved me a stitch in time

Harriete Warman, 27, Comely Bank. ''Loved Harriete's pixie cut and tweed coat. Her jacket is from Topshop about ten years ago, the skirt is Asos, shoes are Schuh, bag is vintage from eBay and her little elephant ear rings were picked up in Herman Brown.
Harriete Warman, 27, Comely Bank. ''Loved Harriete's pixie cut and tweed coat. Her jacket is from Topshop about ten years ago, the skirt is Asos, shoes are Schuh, bag is vintage from eBay and her little elephant ear rings were picked up in Herman Brown.
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This week the big guns were called in as the sewing challenge cranked up a notch in difficulty.

I went to my go-to gals, dress designer Carolyn Baxter and milliner Sally Ann Provan, for some much needed help.

What’s the point of having friends who run labels and not leaning on them a little? Some might say that’s cheating, I call it extra tutelage.

First stop was my sewing soul sister, Carolyn. She almost had a heart attack the afternoon we spent pattern cutting mini skirts since her order book was choca with clients.

As I attempted to overlock hems and she showed me how to insert invisible zips, her poor pug was being bullied by my baby.

The work experience girl became redundant as a seamstress, rapidly turning into a referee between my son and Carolyn’s furry daughter!

Then it was off to the old Duncan’s chocolate factory to drop off dresses I’d borrowed from Judy R Clark for last week’s shoot.

I could have got someone else to return them but Judy’s studio is across the hall from Sally’s so I seized my opportunity.

I’ve grown four new wrinkles since the last time we gassed so there was a lot to catch up on. Her biggest news being she’s starting hat-making evening classes. Perfect timing during my dressmaking challenge.

FASHION INSIDER

For more information on Sally Ann Provan’s hat making courses, from beaded headpieces, hand-blocking felt hats to making your own handbags, contact Sally at courses@sallyannprovan.co.uk