Hi Its good to Meet you
I've been working in the clothing industry since the mid-70s. I started as a self-taught dressmaker, making alterations to garments and sewing clothes for friends and family as I began to get known as a dressmaker I decided to return to college to learn pattern cutting.
I studied at Chichester Art College for three years for a City and Guilds in Pattern Cutting and Design.
This led to a position with Zandra Rhodes in London where I gained much experience.
In the 80s I opened my own bridal shop designing and making wedding dresses and formalwear.
In the 90s I went to Solent University to study for a BA Hon's in fashion and promotion and on completion I was offered a teaching position at the University.
Whilst teaching at Solent I studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
In 2007 I decided to start running Sewing classes for individuals who wanted to sew for pleasure while learning tips and tricks used in the industry to achieve professional garments.
I also wanted to share my passion for making old into new I began working in schools working with young students showing them how to revamp outdated clothing into fun fashionable pieces.
I also wanted to engage with older people who had family or work commitments that prevented them from accessing the more usual term time type of class and so the unique class structure of Recycle and Sew was born, providing a flexible learning environment available to a wide group of people where the students could learn or improve their sewing skills making clothes or soft furnishings, while meeting like-minded others and having fun.
So whether you sew like a pro
or can't thread a needle
Recycle and Sew will help you
Best wishes June :)