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Cheshire Life: April 2019

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‘Well, I have been sewing since I was a girl – I come from a long line of seam­stresses – but the BBC pro­gramme ‘The Sewing Bee’ has made sewing the new bak­ing,’ laughs Sue, who, as a pro­fes­sional sewer, can’t take part on the show but is bravely deal­ing with her dis­ap­point­ment at not meet­ing host, Pa­trick Grant, by hop­ing that one of her clients might.

‘It’s very pos­si­ble, al­though I also run classes for com­plete new­bies as well,’ says Sue.

Skill taught cover ev­ery­thing from sim­ple dress­mak­ing to Ro­man blinds. Two of the most pop­u­lar are the Chanel Jacket Class and Clone a Bra!

‘Off the peg Chanel jack­ets cost a for­tune and be­spoke ones are rare and pro­hib­i­tively costly, only the for­tu­nate few can af­ford them but here we make our own and, yes, they get lots of en­vi­ous glances.

‘Mind you, any­thing will al­ways look bet­ter if you wear a good bra but, too of­ten, when women suc­ceed in find­ing the holy grail of a great bra, they wear it un­til it re­luc­tantly gives up the ghost. So, they bring it along, we ap­ply foren­sics – take it apart, see what makes it tick and help them to clone it in as many colours as they like. Cheshire ladies love these work­shops – it’s no won­der we’re among the best dressed in the coun­try,’ smiles Sue.

The Tat­ton Singers are al­ways smartly dressed: din­ner jack­ets for the chaps and a pop of blue over for­mal black for the ladies.

‘Well, we have to have an out­fit that suits ev­ery­one and, as our singers range from 18 to 70, it fits the bill per­fectly, ex­plains Rose­mary Bee­son, Sec­re­tary for the 75 strong choir which in­cludes den­tists, lawyers, teach­ers, doc­tors and housewives. ‘Any­one re­ally who wants to sing, al­though we do have friendly, re­laxed au­di­tions.’

The choir – with its pro­fes­sional or­ches­tras and soloists – is a

‘Off the peg Chanel jack­ets cost a for­tune but here we make our own and, yes, they get lots of en­vi­ous glances’

113 King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6EH (Jnc 19, M6) Tele­phone: 01565 654092 www.knutsfor­dan­tiques.co.uk

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