Sisters Caroline and Kristine Gunderson and their friend Ami Woodruff made sure that they stood out from the crowd at their recent school prom by designing their own dresses with the help of seamstress Sumaira Rafique of Nawab’s in Swindon town centre.
Working from magazine photographs of pop stars and their own sketches, Mrs Rafique brought their dreams to life. “They loved their dresses and didn’t want to take them off,” she said. “I really love making dresses, especially when the girls are so excited and proud; they just glow.”
Customers can bring their own fabrics or choose from the wide range in the Nawab shop and Sumaira will work her magic to produce a couture outfit at a surprisingly modest cost; well under the price of an off the peg outfit.
Since appearing in May’s SwindonLink, Mrs Rafique has seen a steady stream of customers seeking her sewing skills. With the Christmas party season only three months away, the demand for dressmaking is likely to be high. On average a dress takes three weeks to make, including fittings, so she advises coming along as soon as possible to be sure of having a stunning one-off outfit for the season.
To update interior designs, Mrs Rafique will make up soft furnishings such as cushions, curtains
and table cloths. Nawab is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm at 25 Tennyson Street, Swindon. Tel: 611869.
Pictured above, Caroline and Kristine Gunderson and Ami Woodruff, centre,
in Nawab’s colourful emporium of fabric