My name is Heather and I’m a life-long seamstress based in Lincoln, UK.
I began sewing at the age of about 7, when my Mum made a new set of curtains for our house. Curiosity got the better of me and I learned that both my Mum, and her Mum, and Her Mum had been excellent seamstresses throughout their lives, and wanted to have a go myself. Like many young sewers I began by making clothes for Barbie. Barbie and her friends had an amazing selection of body con jersey dresses made from old (and sometimes not old) pop socks that had laddered or worn through.
Studying textiles at school right through to A-Level, I was a prolific seamstress even in my teenage years and made items for myself, family and occasionally friends, right through until my University years.
My love of sewing was rekindled by a very specific floral skirt, found in Primark in around 2011. A lovely satin gathered into a pleated waistband, there was enough to make a dress from a New Look pattern and so the hobby was revived.
I started this blog in 2012 after altering a 1950s style prom dress that I had picked up at a vintage fair. It had been ‘butchered’ into a party style and somewhat under loved. My now husband suggested the title ‘Dresstoration’, combining my love of dresses and my former career in object conversation and restoration. And so the blog was born. Enjoy!