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Join us at Gartmore House for a 5-night sewing retreat in the heart of Scotland’s Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Scotland.

Gill McBride, our professional and friendly sewing tutor, will teach you everything you need to know about sewing patterns, about fitting, sewing techniques and lots more besides. Learn how to make a toile or practice garment, how to get the fit right and even how to best cut your pattern and get the most from your fabric. You will learn how to make beautiful dresses and blouses, to get a perfect trouser fit or to speed tailor a fabulous jacket. By the end of the holiday, you should be able to produce a simple toile, transfer your fitting adjustments back to your paper pattern and take home a wonderful final garment. The courses suit beginners and experienced sewers alike, but the Tailoring a Jacket course is best suited to those with some sewing experience.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

January 15th to 20th 2023
March 19th to 24th 2023
May 7th to 12th 2023
September 10th to 15th 2023
November 5th to 10th 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Gill McBride
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

We ask all sewing course participants to bring the following:

  • Sewing pattern – please see our suggested sewing patters here.
  • Calico (available to purchase from your tutor – £2.50 per metre)
  • Threads, fabric scissors, pins, tape measure, seam ripper and any other sewing tools that you use
  • Pattern tracing paper
  • Paper scissors
  • French curve if you have one (your tutor will bring curves for use during the stay)
  • Fineliner pen (coloured), pencil
  • Fabric and all necessary notions for making the final garment – if you reach that stage
  • Sewing machine and instruction booklet (also available to rent – please let us know in advance if you require one – hire fee payable direct to your tutor.

Tutor Gill McBride

Your tutor Gill McBride is an experienced seamstress who is passionate about her work. She opened a successful sewing school over ten years ago, and she is based in Perthshire. Gill is author of the book ‘Understanding and Adjusting Sewing Patterns’ and ‘Tailoring a Jacket’. Her clear and enthusiastic approach has been enjoyed by her students for years.

You can buy Gill’s books direct from Crowood Press.



Reviews from previous sewing guests:

  • ”Had a great tutor in Gill. We had a lot of useful information. Can’t wait to get started.” – Fiona & Jenny, Sewing Holiday
  • ”Many thanks for a wonderful stay once again. It’s the friendliness and helpfulness of your staff who make it so special here. Gill our tutor is so wonderful and knowledgeable – I’ll be back!” – Karen, Sewing Holiday
  • ”I’ve booked to come back – twice! All staff are friendly and kind.” – Fiona, Sewing Holiday
  • ”Fab as always. Gill is a fabulous tutor.” – Mandy, Sewing Holiday

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