I’m Claire, and I make things.
Specifically, I make one dress. I make it in sizes from age 1 year to women’s UK size 28. Every single dress is made one at a time, by hand, by me.
I have a degree in Typography & Graphic Communication, which was part design and part historical research - my two favourite things! I also have a Diploma in Swedish Massage, a certificate in the conservation of fluid-preserved museum specimens (as you do...), and I'm currently formalising my many years of studying Aromatherapy and Herbalism with two distance learning courses.
I've been mending and altering and upcycling clothes since I was little, and making new ones since my early twenties.
I'm in my forties now and I live with endometriosis and fibromyalgia, along with a very irritating host of related conditions. As a result I've been on a long search for clothing that's soft, comfortable, doesn't have any scratchy labels or fiddly fasteners, is easy to get on and off, and doesn't hurt to wear all day. Oh, and HAS POCKETS.
I prefer to sew with organic cotton. Not just the fabric, but right down to the thread! I also like to make sure that all of my fabrics are ethically-sourced, and that everybody involved in the supply of my materials is paid a fair wage and works under good and safe conditions.
You'll see plenty of novelty prints sneaking in as I work my way through my extensive fabric stash, and the occasional recycled duvet cover or pair of curtains might make an appearance from time to time. But mostly it's organic cotton, washed linen, and every now and then a deliciously luxurious piece of Harris Tweed.
I use a combination of old and new sewing techniques. I draft my patterns on the computer, and then refine them with good old fashioned pencil and brown paper. The seams and hems of the dresses are whizzed through my beloved overlocker, but the finishing touches are stitched by hand.
If you'd like a peep at what goes on behind the scenes (honestly, it's just me and my sewing machine in my workshop at the bottom of the garden!) you can follow me on Facebook
. If you're interested in the things that inspire me, you can find me hanging out on Pinterest
. There's a blog here too
, which I'll be adding to as and when I think of things.
If you have questions about the dresses themselves, or about size and fit and delivery and all the technical stuff, please check out the FAQ section at the bottom of the page. If there's anything else you need to know, please feel free to send me an email