Toko­roa de­signed and made

South Waikato News - - Your Pa­per, Your Place - TA­MARA THORN Fam­ily vi­o­lence

De­sign­ing gar­ments has been a dream come true for a Toko­roa lo­cal who has moved back to

New Zealand to open her busi­ness.

Sarah Seer­den will open the doors of her first cloth­ing store Sarsee to the pub­lic this Fri­day. She said that al­though it had been a long process she was happy with where she was to­day and

the achieve­ments she had made.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has a dream and you just have to be­lieve in your­self to make that dream come true,’’ she said. Seer­den com­pleted a two-year de­sign course in Ro­torua then moved on to de­sign items

of cloth­ing in a stu­dio she made in her mum’s garage.

Seer­den cre­ates her de­signs by fol­low­ing overseas fash­ion trends and likes to de­sign gar­ments that she says her cus­tomers love.

‘‘All the women that try on my gar­ments say they feel amaz­ing in them.’’

She said her pieces were unique and she wanted women to be dif­fer­ent, so made a limited num­ber of runs. Seer­den’s pieces are de­signed for late 20’s to 60’s but said her el­dest cus­tomer is 86-year­sold.

The sizes range from 6 to 14 but Seer­den said she would soon be mak­ing size 16 as well as cus­tom mak­ing clothes. Seer­den said she wanted to show of the fem­i­nine form which meant a lot of her pieces were tight fit­ted. She said it was a mis­con­cep­tion that big­ger women couldn’t wear fit­ted cloth­ing that shaped to the fe­male fig­ure.

Seer­den said by tak­ing risks her hard work has now paid off and her next big goal was to ex­pand to other lo­ca­tions. Al­though it has been a big suc­cess for Seer­den she has had help from other lo­cal busi­nesses

as well as her only other seam­stress Melody Maj who she said had been a ‘‘mas­sive sup­port’’.

On Thurs­day Mayor Neil Sin­clair will at­tend the VIP night and cut the rib­bon for

the of­fi­cial open­ing to the pub­lic on Fri­day.

Her first cus­tomers will go in the draw to win a gift bas­ket fully of good­ies.

There were 67 in­ci­dents that po­lice at­tended in the area for the week.

We have had a rise in thefts from ve­hi­cles.

A lot of th­ese have been from ve­hi­cles left while peo­ple are off hunt­ing in forestry ar­eas.

We are ask­ing peo­ple to make sure they are se­cur­ing their ve­hi­cles.

The main thing is to re­move all valu­able items from view or don’t leave them cars at all.

Things like phones, wal­lets, and lap­tops are easy tar­gets for th­ese of­fend­ers.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has a dream and you just have to be­lieve in your­self to make that dream come true.’’

We only had three bur­glar­ies for the week which is very pleas­ing.

Two of­fend­ers have been ar­rest for one of th­ese.

One was a 19-year-old and the other was in his early 20s and they will be ap­pear­ing in court.

We have seen a drop off in the num­ber of fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents from last week’s 30 to eight this week.

We usu­ally sit at around 14 in­ci­dents a week so this is low for the area.

Sarah Seer­den will open the doors of her first cloth­ing store Sarsee in Toko­roa this Fri­day.

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