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I have really surprised myself with the outfits I’ve achieved. I hadn’t sewn for 20 years when I first came here – I was working and my family were growing up – and I’ve learnt lots of new skills. I’ve made jackets, trousers, skirts, blouses and now I’m learning to do pattern cutting
~ Pauline



The fitting and the finish are the really important parts of each garment, and being able to buy the fabric and patterns here and all the haberdashery bits is a bonus. But most of all, it’s Sue’s lovely personality and professionalism that gives us all inspiration
~ Mary



Unless you are shown, it is difficult to understand. The first piece of fabric I bought in I showed Sue and she explained that it was actually curtain material! So the first thing I learned was that you can’t pick any fabric. I have now made a skirt for myself, a dress and a stretch top and I feel I am getting on quite well. I love the latest sewing machines so much that I’ve bought one for myself. I do look forward to it every week as I’m currently on maternity leave and have two children all day and this is my night off, it’s me time
~ Claire



I have always sewn, my mother sewed and we made everything. I love making jackets, all the detail, I like a challenge. I also love Harris Tweed. It’s my special day when I come here, I can be me it’s a sort of release and I’m not the only one who feels like that. When my husband died my family said you must keep sewing and it has been my lifesaver. I wouldn’t be the person I am now if I didn’t come here
~ Connie