By the time I was in high school I was helping my mum make my clothes and taking over the making of the costumes for school plays.
By 17 I knew what I wanted to do and finally got some professional training in costume design and construction.
During college I discovered a not-so-secret passion for period clothing, more specifically 19th Century outfits (much of my late teens were spent swooning over despairing Byronic heroes)
While studying at university I developed a love of social and domestic
history (not to mention a devotion to all things Jane Austen related). I
began to consider ways of combining my life's two passions - books and
costumes into a career.
By the time I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Film and Television Studies I was ready to dive into the deep waters of self-employment.
Ultimately it was my life long love affair with my sewing machine that led to my decision to set up shop and try earn a living by doing what I love.
Nowadays, I can be found buried under fabric in my studio trawling through historical records and museum
collections to find interesting pieces of clothing and accessories to