Nina Murden - The Lewes Seamstress

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Me and the Team – Pre Christmas

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Janet Reger nightdress, post repairs

Some of what we have done….. as well as the silk curtains and the velvet curtains that is.

Two friends who have been coming to sewing workshops with me have nearly finished their retro 1940’s dresses-  and yes it was a very difficult pattern which has been trying but we have almost got there girls.

And lovely Donna, another student. Well done, who has now completed her lined spot dress, and is maybe going to wear it on Christmas day!

Lots of the usual mending, and hemming and altering , so some Jeans’ hems , and the slimming of the legline of, for tall lady who has much trouble finding the right fit.

Taking in sides to stretch skirt, for my smartest most elegant retired customer; Anna you’re fab!

Further repairs to several pairs of much loved jeans, thanks Justin you are saving the planet single handed here. Medal on the way.

Repairs to some professional cycling gear (returning customer, Ross, thank you), from ‘Proper Cycling’, of Hassocks.

Hems to several pairs of lovely soft new cord trousers, for a beloved husband currently in a hospice.

Repairs and alterations to a lovely Janet Reger silk nightgown, what a beautiful gift to Sue, Michael.

Removal of hated epaulettes to a birthday gifted leather jacket.. and hoping the husband doesn’t notice they’re gone.

Hems to pyjamas for lady who is NOT 6ft 6”  tall – manufacturers what are you doing, who is that tall? Lizzie you did so well to remember where I am up here, walk all the way up here and get home again to your husband Alec.

Fixing up of a  young lad’s ‘find’… a faux suede 70’s coat, Mum paying for her son’s Christmas present. Good for you Rachel, and maybe he’s just fine with it, it’s trendy and no he won’t look like ‘car salesman from the 70’’s to anyone of his own age group, that’s just our association!

A new zip for a really well made wool jacket, for her husband, – why bother shopping for a new one which will probably be vastly inferior in quality anyway.

The curtains,  and dining room chair cover ups and piano stool cushion for Jan.

Curtains for Angela, glad you found the right fabric at at last – yes these things can take time – although a year and a half is quite a long time!

And lovely cushions for Lara.  Louise Body fabric left over from the blinds made a few years ago, just about squeezed in the three out of that.  Collecting tomorrow, just in time for Christmas.

And a now curtains for happy Bob, retired early from being a stressed out overworked Paramedic, who told me he was so overworked he couldn’t eat his lunch AND go to the toilet.  One day he thought ‘ I know , I’ll do both together, eat my sandwich and sit on the loo’, and then that was when he decided , enough’s enough, this is MAD. He retired and now is attending to curtains and being creative in his home. Lucky you Helen.

So to all my customers, thank you for your work, for your stories. Hope you have a good Christmas.

X Nina

 

 

ALTERATIONS TO ‘MASCOT/OEKO-TEX’ TROUSERS

Working on alterations to a pair of trousers for an electrical engineer soon to be working on the wind farms being built off Brighton .  Interesting very tough cotton drill fabric, registered as ‘Cordura fabric’, and registered as an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 – a uniform standard of testing and certification at all stages of production,  ensuring  as I have discovered that the materials and the dyes used and other treatments of fabrics does not exceed the maximum allowed content values of harmful substances. So an acknowledgement that clothing production methods and substances potentially do harm the makers of, and the eventual wearer of the garment. “The certification covers multiple human-ecological attributes, including harmful substances which are prohibited or regulated by law, OEKO-TEX GARMENT2chemicals which are known to be harmful to health, but are not officially forbidden, and parameters which are included as a precautionary measure to safeguard health.”

http://www.ecolabelindex.com/ecolabel/oeko-tex-standard-100

What kind of things do I repair and alter?

People are often unsure what sort of things I can alter and repair. So here’s a list of some of what’s been brought to my workshop[ in the last month or so weeks, includes curtain and blind makes too:

A very cute teddy bear – poor teddie’s neck was hanging off, he’s now got a fetching scarf.

Skirt waist reductions for an elderly lady who is losing weight.

3 alterations to the length of some shop bought curtains.

Busy cameraman’s ‘vest’ and rucksack, in need of hand stitching repairs.

Jeans patches – I do a line in under-patching which will keep a pair of jeans going for apparently at least another year or so, and looks good too.

T- shirt hems, and sleeve width reduction – yes really!

Zip replacement to running trousers

Floor length, lined, hand made curtains, two sets of

Men’s tailored jacket sleeve shortening

Hems, hems and more hems – skirts, trousers, dresses

Zip to a rather expensive down filled jacket.

Workshop on how to copy and make a pattern of a favourite garment.

Reduction to width on trousers’ legs, and reduction to waist022