Dressmaker and Textile Crafter
Whilst working at school I had always enjoyed passing on my skills and knowledge to others but realised that I really missed using my creative skills. Sewing was always something that was confined to the few hours of spare time I could find between work, housework, children, dogs etc., etc.
So I decided to go back to what I love - and that's creating something lovely out of fabrics and yarns. And sharing this love with others.
I was first given my grandmother's sewing machine when I was eight years old. My mum helped me make a skirt pattern from a piece of newspaper and taught me how to make up my skirt.
I made clothes for my dolls and teddies and as I grew up, clothes for myself and friends. I had a Saturday job in a fabric shop when I was a teenager and would spend all my wages on fabric, throwing together outfits to wear on Saturday night after my day at work!
After studying at The London College of Fashion, I worked for Jaeger, then Aquascutum before leaving to have children. I then worked from home making bridal wear and working freelance for Jean Muir.
Once my children started school I had a career change and became Teaching Assistant in a first school. After a few years I also became the school's IT manager.