Ok, so I have stated that The Thrifty Stitcher classes are “taught by an expert” Who is this expert and what defines them as an expert?
Not everyone knows what my sewing background is, so here’s my potted history.
I have spent my career as professional Costumier.
“Costumier” is a very broad term, and there are lots of roles under that umbrella! I have personally worked as a Costume Maker, a Costume Cutter, a Costume Buyer, a Costume Supervisor, A Costume Designer, A dresser and a Wardrobe Mistress, all in the Theatre. I’ve also worked as a” Costume Stand by” and a ” Costume Daily” in Film and TV. Phew I have been busy..
My original life plan was to be a nurse, which was scuppered in my final year at school. I had always sewn, and somehow I ended up at The Royal Welsh College Of Music and Drama on the Technical Theatre Course.
Post college my first job was as a Costume Maker at the Welsh National Opera, a job that I have so many fond memories of, and where I made great friends. These are a few of the costumes I stitched up whilst there.
I was lucky enough to work for several years at the Royal National Theatre, where I was part of a team making costumes for amazing shows and actors. The dress in the middle of this collage was worn By Dame Judy Dench in a production of the seagull, and was previously on display at the V and A museum
I gave up Costume Making and began working Backstage. This is both more sociable and more stressful! The hours suck, we work every night, and prepare the costumes every afternoon and mornings on a matinee. I have however been super lucky, and have been on 5 international tours with 3 knights of the realm across America, Japan and Australasia. So no complaints there hey!