Nina Murden - The Lewes Seamstress

Creative alterations

Vintage Givenchy fabric – upcycling old curtains

I have a wonderfully creative and very stylish customer who happens to be French, I think this can be no coincidence…!  Over the last few years we have worked together to adapt, alter, upcycle and re-engineer some of her older beautiful curtains and blinds, many made with  outstandingly lovely Givenchy fabric.  I have just finished one such project for her;  a pair of curtains with a contrast leading edge in the older fabric, and also a further adaption to a roman blind that has had some contrasting fabric re-cycled from the older curtains.  This Lewes lady has a very individual interior to her house, that honours some of the elements from her previous house in France, whilst weaving in some new linen fabrics.  It is a delightful project to be involved in, and it is great to see such lovely fabric continue its useful life in a new way.  What is also great is that the house interior has evolved, quietly and calmly, with pauses for reflection, appreciation of each stage and time for studied decision making, whilst also of course being I should imagine a financial consideration.  It’s all so gloriously unspoilt in manner and execution.  givenchy fabric

Priory Prom Dresses


Have been brought a number of prom dresses these last few weeks by Priory students for alterations, repairs and adjustments.  This one stood out as being really exceptionally made,  being sequinned and beaded silk, and it looked like this was hand done.  It had a fabulous cut and was bought from Beyond Retro in Brighton.  A truly stunning dress, which looked very beautiful on this young woman.  It was a little big  across the top and too long in the body for her and so how to alter a fine silk dress with post construction beading and sequins right over seams and so forth? How did I do that?  Well….CAREFULLY!

Wardrobe Tinker

Now that the weather is improving I have a number of customers bringing me items from their existing summer wardrobe that they like but which are not quite right… perhaps a top is a little bit too wide and needs taking in on the side seams; a sleeve needs a change, from a set-in style to a cap sleeve; a skirt hem feels too long;  a dress works better cut down to a long top to wear over jeans, or a much loved and perfect  item of clothing is getting worn and needs careful repair.   I can give creative and expert advice on how to bring your items of clothing a new lease of life.  You can bring a whole batch of items and have them altered and likely for the cost of  just one new outfit.  Please give me a call if you would like to book yourself one of these wardrobe-tinkering-fitting sessions all conducted in my beautiful workshop on the downs. Tea and biscuits included.