I am a mum to two, with a backgound in Art, Fashion and Textiles, living near the beach in Eastbourne, UK. I grew up with clothing made for me by my Mother and Granny, sewn and knitted. This love for handmade has been passed onto me and I was taught dressmaking and pattern making from a young age. I attended Birmingham City University in the Jewellery quarter studying Jewellery and Silversmithing, so my love of sewing and jewels is shown in my love for clothing & hair accessories; textiles and metals, sewing and handicrafts.
I began this business by accident, when pregnant with my firstborn I made some skirts and customised vest sets, friends asked to buy, then their friends and so on. I quickly moved onto leggings and matching headwraps or bibs, then tops and dresses but I wanted to make something unique. That's when I came up with my signature 'Valentina' top, a basic tee with a lace or embroidered fabric cut out heart on the back. For the boys I love to mix different textured and coloured fabrics in a distinctive colour blocked raglan tops. I now mainly sew clothing from my stash of fabrics and upcycled textiles such as tablecloths, duvet covers etc, all thoroughly cleaned of course. I also handmake accessories, using scraps of the most luxurious of fabrics; lace, embroidered, sequins, satin, faux leatherette and beautiful prints. Making fabulously poofy scrunchies, gorgeous alice bands, sumptuous scarves, pin cushions from vintage china and more. I use the prettiest findings and often upcycle jewellery to create gorgeous hair pins and accessories.
I undertake alterations and tailoring, everything from bridesmaid dresses, to jeans, to waistcoats and tailored suits and coats and everything inbetween. Please see the sewing and alterations tab on this website for more information or contact me on 07931975550.
Workshops are available to book, either as a group or individually. From getting to know your sewing machine to learning to sew underwear and clothing, if you don't see what you want or want to enquire about parties, please get in contact.
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