Cheshire Life: April 2019
‘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’
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