As a business that offers a personal service to clients you may want to know a little about Sartorial Soft furnishings and the person behind it.
I feel that sewing is in my blood. My Grandfather was a glove maker, my Aunt a needlework teacher, and my mother a keen, and very good, home sewer. I myself started sewing when I was about seven. I remember asking Father Christmas for a sewing machine and being very surprised when the one under the tree wasn’t the pink plastic one I was expecting, but an old hand operated Singer. That was when the bug gripped me. I started on soft toys, and had progressed to clothes by the time I was Twelve.
My interest in sewing continued with me through my education, culminating in a degree from Manchester Polytechnic in Clothing Studies. After being made redundant from my first job I began working for a designer label which made leather handbags in Somerset.
While in Somerset I met my husband, and in 1995 we moved to Hampshire. I was unable to continue with my career in the clothing industry and so for a short time began working for an IT company. I then left to have my son and decided to be a full time mum.
While at home, in the quiet times, I decided that I needed to do something outside of child caring, so I enrolled on a local curtain making course. Having already made several pairs of curtains I felt I didn’t need to learn the basics, just the extras. How wrong was I! The ‘basics’ were far beyond my previous attempts and I soon discovered the art of professional curtain making.
My daughter then came along and to give my very fuzzy brain something to think about I volunteered to work as Treasurer on a local Pre-school’s committee. Five years later both children had started school, I had run out of my own and family windows to dress and as so many people had said that I should make curtains professionally; I decided to set up Sartorial Soft Furnishings.
Since starting the business I have continued educating myself and completed several courses in Soft Furnishings, included an NCFE qualification and NDA Diploma. However my proudest achievement was recently completing the City & Guilds 7922 Certificate course in Design and Craft (soft furnishings). This stretched my design abilities and helped me see a new side of soft furnishings.
Looking forward I want to grow Sartorial into a locally respected business with a reputation for quality soft furnishings and customer service.
City & Guilds work
For my City & Guilds qualification I was required to complete five pieces of work which I designed and developed myself.
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Curtains with an attached valance shaped to mirror the Orchids in the fabric design.
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Two cushions, one with a non standard shape, inspired from a photograph of an old fairground ride. The cushion in the foreground is decorated using reverse applique, the cushion in the background is hand embroidered.
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A covered lampshade with a trim consisting of pleated fabric and handmade braids.
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A chair loose cover designed to look like a chair made from my son’s building blocks.
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Detail of the embroidery designed for a pillowcase.