Sue was unwittingly responsible for the final nudge required for me to actually start my business.
Her advertisement simply read ‘Do you make vintage style clothes?’ to which I replied, ‘Yes, I do, what are you looking for?’…
Sue was planning a Vintage Fair in Wadebridge along side the ‘Memory Cafe‘ project, which provides support and events for those effected by Alzheimers. Sue’s fair saw me smash together a vintage reproduction collection in a frenzy of activity such as I had not experienced since my final show at college; but the real joy of the event was the visitors.
It was my first Vintage fair as a trader, and being a Memory Cafe event meant that elderly men and women bubbled with nostalgia and recollections all day. The power of an object, a fabric, a piece of music or a smell, arousing distant snapshots of their lives, sparking smiles and tears and joy. Such a beautiful thing to be a part of, I had so many unexpected and touching conversations that day.
This was the day that Sue asked me to make her wedding dress.
It was some time later when the date was set and the work began; but the pleasure of working with a decisive woman of vision and style was a pleasure from the start.
Here’s what Sue has to say on our dressmaking adventures together:
“I was a bride with a wedding already under her garter and as a mature bride, I wanted something bespoke and personal, with a vintage feel that I could easily wear again.
I sent Cathy a picture of the sort of thing I wanted and hey presto, she drew and made up a pattern….talent right there!
I sourced the fabric and I had some vintage buttons that I thought would complement the dress.
I remember receiving a text from Cathy it said `Your dress is looking even more beautiful than I imagined, I can`t wait to see you in it!`…these are the personal touches that make all the difference.