Thanks to the popularity of the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2, more people are being inspired to try their hand at making clothes – but may not know where to start.
That’s where Yvonne Henson, 75, from Sparcells, can help.
From a small office in Basepoint, West Swindon, Yvonne is offering sewing tuition – either in groups or on a one-to-one basis to teach people all the basic skills of dressmaking, alterations, quilting, embroidery and applique.
Yvonne said: “The programme has really sparked an interest in sewing skills, but most people will have gone through school only touching the surface of sewing.
“Taking a college course requires a long-term commitment and you have to work in a large group, which is really frustrating when you’re just starting out.
“If you’re learning to make clothing, you really need individual tuition so you learn how to read a pattern and pick up different techniques, such as cutting fabric.”
Yvonne’s sewing skills have been passed from generation to generation, with her mother learning from her own aunt who was a seamstress by royal appointment.
Yvonne also alters clothing as well as pursuing creative needlework projects and undertaking commissions for theatrical groups.
Anyone interested in learning how to sew can do so on a pay-as-you-go basis. A two-hour session costs just £6.50, not including materials.