I ALTER, RESTYLE & REPAIR BRIDAL & SPECIAL OCCASION WEAR FOR THE WOMEN OF MANCHESTER, CHESHIRE, LANCASHIRE & BEYOND.
I specialise in adjusting all types of women's clothing from high street brands to designer labels such as Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Ritva Westenius, Jesus Peiro and Vera Wang.
It's my goal to make the fitting of your dress an enjoyable, relaxed and smooth experience. With knowledge, experience and excellent attention to detail I ensure all garments are altered to the highest standard so they fit perfectly and adjustments cannot be seen. I love what I do and am passionate about helping women to feel comfortable and confident in what they wear so they can enjoy their special event to the full.
How it started...
I remember sitting at my grandma’s dining table one afternoon during the summer holidays. I must have been about 9 and I was designing costumes. I’ve always been interested in clothes and enjoyed drawing and making ‘stuff’. I remember her letting me turn the wheel on her old Singer sewing machine while she guided the needle. I fell in love with textiles when I started senior school and, for me, it was the highlight of the school week. I knew that I wanted to work with clothes and I signed up for a costume design and making course at uni.
I spent 3 years studying the ins and outs of sewing… drafting patterns, constructing garments and learning embellishment techniques. By the time I graduated I’d already got my first job as a Wardrobe Mistress and this is when the power of clothes became apparent. It dawned on me that by making sure the performers looked amazing and felt comfortable, their costumes were giving them an enormous, and sometimes much needed, confidence boost.
They felt empowered by their clothes.
Whilst I was running around backstage I noticed that my own clothes were not serving me well. I’m 5’2 and not a standard clothes size but I am a perfect pear shape with my top half sometimes 2 sizes smaller than my bottom half. I get frustrated that when I see clothes I love they never EVER fit properly. Sleeves are always too long, necklines gape and trousers are always loose around the waist... Anyway… I realised I was being distracted from what I was trying to do because my clothes were uncomfortable and making me self-conscious.
Something had to be done!
I gradually went through my wardrobe (aka my suitcase!) and started to alter the clothes that were not quite right. Lifting shoulders, shortening hems and taking in waistbands but I had other items which I loved but just didn’t wear because they didn’t make me feel good. I looked at what I liked about each item and began to think outside of the box. I completely revamped some pieces turning a dress into a top and even a skirt into a cape. Cast members then began asking me to alter their clothes too. It turns out that beautiful dancers with long legs and tiny waists had the same wardrobe problems as me.
And with that Just Sew Perfect was born!
That was in 2011 and now, as a mum, I’m passionate about helping women like me to look and feel their best whatever they are doing. It doesn’t matter if you’re singing and dancing on the stage, walking down the aisle to marry the love of your life or running around the park with your kids, your clothes should be right… they should fit well and make you feel good so you can be free to enjoy your day.