A brief history of sewing patterns – Frances Tobin

A brief history of sewing patterns and the evolution of fashion magazines

with Frances Tobin – The Maker’s Atelier, 12noon start.

Sewing patterns and fashion magazines have been intrinsically linked since the second half of the 19th century. In this talk you will hear how technological advances then and now have contributed to the rise in popularity of both.

Frances Tobin is the founder of The Maker’s Atelier, a company she started in 2014 to publish her own dressmaking patterns and a magazine for makers. A fashion textiles graduate of Brighton Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art, Frances worked for over 20 years as a fashion designer for industry in the UK, Italy and the USA. She is also the author of The Maker’s Atelier – The Essential Collection, published by Quadrille / Hardie Grant in 2017.


All talks are in the Long Kiln Gallery and are free to attend with a thread ticket. Places are limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment.Timings are approximate and subject to change.