The Couture Retreat - June 2023 - Silver Package

The Couture Retreat - June 2023 - Silver Package

5th - 8th June 2023


This Retreat is all about Couture.


Couture sewing takes time and patience. Much of the construction is done by hand often because the fabrics are tricky and there could be complicated design details. Since spending time with Claire Shaeffer, who is an internationally respected author, lecturer and columnist and has a collection of over 2000 couture garments many of which are Chanel, Claire has been inspired to do more couture sewing and share some of these skills.


On this Retreat Claire will be on hand to help you start a couture garment of your choice in the beautiful and peaceful atmosphere of Farlam Hall Hotel.


On one of the days we will visit Linton Tweeds who produce and supply to Couture houses such as Chanel, Yves St Laurent and Dior.

Linton Fabrics are tricky to work with so this is retreat would be the perfect opportunity to learn all of the couture techniques you will need.


We will be creating a lovely sewing space at the Hotel, the perfect atmosphere for creating a Chanel Style Cardigan Jacket, Couture Skirt or Dress in a wonderful Linton fabric.


The price will include 3 nights accommodation in this 4 star Hotel, breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner each day and 4 days of Sewing.

You can choose to 'Add On' Accommodation and Dinner to the first and last days should you wish.


Sunday (optional extra of £320) - We arrive at the hotel in the afternoon where everyone will be given a 15 minute private one to one with Claire for a toile fitting and project discussion.

There will be welcome drinks before dinner so that we can all get to know each other.

Monday to Thursday -  For those not staying on the Sunday night you will need to arrive at the hotel for 9am on Monday morning. There will be a welcome talk from Claire and the remaining toile fittings, then it is full steam ahead to work on your garment over 4 lovely days.


Each night there will be a three course dinner in the 2 Rosette Cedar Tree Restaurant at the hotel. (We can assure you the food is fantastic!)



For this package you will be in a Beautiful Standard or Superior Room at the hotel. The room comes with a large double bed, sitting area, ensuite bathroom with bath or shower and a Garden View.


The Price of £1655 is for Monday morning to Thursday afternoon with all accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included plus lots of Tea, Coffee & Cake. Additional Drinks are not included and can be charged to your rooms separately.


If you would like to stay on the Sunday night the price is £320 and the Thursday night price will be £280 including Dinner & Breakfast (this is the hotel rates.) Once you have made your booking please pop us an email requesting the additional nights to be added to your reservation.



What You Need To Bring: A ready made toile for fitting, the pattern, Linton fabric, linings etc and other notions to start your garment. Your sewing box and we suggest an extra light as hotel lighting is never as good (especially for hand sewing!)


What We Will Provide: Sewing Machines, Irons & Ironing Boards, Pressing Tools & a Haberdashery Shop.


There will also be a Couture inspired gift!


We have decided to keep this retreat small and special so it is limited to only 12 people. Each attendee will be allocated a 4ft table, so plenty of room to work on your project.


Maximum Number of Attendees: 12 Residential

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Venue: Farlam Hall Hotel

Dates: 4th - 9th June 2023

Start/End time: 9.00am - 5pm

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Tutor: Claire Tyler




A 25% Non Refundable Deposit is required at the time of booking. A further 25% payment is required on 1st October 2022 and the final balance is due on 1st March 2023.

  • Cancellation Policy

    If for any reason you cannot make the Sewing Retreat, you may obtain a refund or a transfer less the deposit to a different date within 8 months of the original booking, subject to availability. You may also transfer the booking to a different name. Should you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us in no less than 28 days before the Sewing Retreat date to obtain a refund less the deposit or workshop/name transfer.

    Deposits paid are non-refundable or transferrable.

    Any transferred bookings will be charged at the price of the new date selected.

    Any cancellations made within less than 28 days of the Sewing Retreat date will not be refundable or transferrable.

    We suggest that you consider course cancellaion insurance to protect you in case of illness, injury or other unforeseen circumstances

    In exceptional circumstances we may have to cancel a Sewing Retreat. If that happens we will give you as much notice as possible and will try to accommodate you on a different date, or refund your fee paid, whichever you prefer. We do not accept liability for travel or other costs.