The History Of A Girl And Her Sewing Machine
I've always loved costumes and dressing up. When I was growing up I was a little performer, putting on plays and skits complete with costumes. Before I could sew, my costumes came from raiding through my mum's wardrobe and my first forays into sewing came in the form of making costumes and clothes for my dolls.

 

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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.

 
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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 recreate.

 

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