My first memory of sewing is at just over four years old, on the floor of my mother’s sewing room, making a doll’s dress (which I still have). I sewed at home for fun, at Brownies for badges, at school for GSCE and A-level, fashion shows and for my friends’ Leavers’ Ball dresses. I joined the National Youth Theatre’s costume dept. and sewed through 6 summer holidays in dusty theatre wardrobes and back stage. I sewed my way through art college while running a small shop selling clothes and jewellery that I had made myself.
In my early twenties I designed and sewed hundreds of costumes for a Yorkshire based Youth theatre ‘Livewire’. At university I purposefully took the design (not sewing) course and pushed my research and design skills – I felt I could already sew! While at university I got the bug for bridalwear by working part time for a wedding dress shop as their alterations lady. After graduating I worked briefly in film and television before concentrating on being a bespoke wedding dress maker.
Other projects include collaborative ‘styled photoshoots’ with other wedding professionals, teaching at the London School of Fashion and with a local sewing school and costume design for local theatres.