Lydia and Charlotte Unsworth and their friend Hannah are jumping for joy in their new dresses. Photographs: Kathryn Richardson
Lydia and Charlotte Unsworth and their friend Hannah are jumping for joy in their new dresses. Photographs: Kathryn Richardson

Bursting at the seams with creative ideas, a fashion show first in York showcased colourful collections just perfect for summer.

Each of the outfits in this photo gallery by Kathryn Richardson was made by students from dressmaking and pattern cutting courses run by the council’s York Learning team.

Jo and Darcy Bryenton in cotton summer dresses
Jo and Darcy Bryenton in cotton summer dresses

To mark the end of the course, the sewing superstars held a catwalk show at Heworth Cricket Club last Tuesday (June 9).

Lydia, Charlotte and Hannah in more restful mood
Lydia, Charlotte and Hannah in more restful mood

It was organised by tutor Kate Unsworth, an experienced bridal wear designer. She has been sharing her creative flair with York students for the last four years.

Special guest Stuart Hillard, a contestant from popular BBC show The Great British Sewing Bee, launched proceedings before the models hit the runway.

Sue Roundhill in her Sixties-inspired number
Sue Roundhill in her Sixties-inspired number
The fashion designers and models at Heworth Cricket Club
The fashion designers and models at Heworth Cricket Club

The clothes varied from women’s tailored wear, to more informal outfits as well as fashions for children.

Norah, a student of Kate’s Tuesday morning class, said:

As always, my tutor Kate has been extremely informative, patient and knowledgeable. She’s helped me so much.

Mel Wilcox-Harrison with her summer frock
Mel Wilcox-Harrison with her summer frock
Diane Ashurst's tailored tweed and fur jacket
Diane Ashurst’s tailored tweed and fur jacket

As well as her regular ten-week courses at Heworth Cricket Club, Kate will be running a 25-week garment construction course at the venue during the autumn, as well as a number of sewing based and pattern cutting one day workshops at Huntington School.