Fashion: Children’s reversible fleeces, jackets & tops, dresses and accessories. Ladies jackets, cushions and doorstops
I started sewing at the age of seven, taught by my mum who had the patience needed to teach my older sister and me to make garments which we could wear and be proud of.
My skills developed and I soon became hooked, enjoying the process of choosing fabric and a pattern and making from it something I could wear. At the age of 12, I made my first coat and by then I could make almost anything.
I started making children’s clothes many years ago for my own children and now design and make a range of practical, washable, reversible jackets and dresses. Lately, I have started a new range of baby clothes, inspired by my five grandchildren. These can be found on my website mcldesigns.co.uk.
Weaving is a new skill I have learnt in the past few years when I bought a second hand Kromski Harp rigid heddle loom. I have really enjoyed making beautiful scarves to match the colours of the boiled wool ladies coats I make and often now include them as part of the coat. I became more ambitious and have now made bigger pieces and turned them into shawls, wraps and even jackets.
During the lockdown, I spent a lot of time weaving and sewing and also got my old knitting machine out, producing a range of Fair Isle style scarves. I was never bored!