About

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My name is Julie Collins.  I have always had a great enthusiasm for Sewing and Fashion, and started to create patterns and make my own clothes from the age of 12.  I knew that this was something I would want to do for the rest of my life! I went straight to Fashion College from school, excited to discover the new Pattern Cutting and Construction techniques, and achieved a Diploma in Fashion and Textiles.  I then worked in the fashion industry, as a Designer / Pattern Cutter, creating garments for a well-known High-Street chain store.
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Then, with a young family I worked from home, starting up a small business designing and making Lingerie, and later lycra Dance Wear.  I also did some freelance work for the Bristol Old Vic, making costumes for their pantomimes.
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Later I turned to teaching.  I felt that I wanted to spread the word!  I have had so much pleasure from all things sewing-related throughout my life, and I wanted to give something back.  I went back to college, gained my Cert. Ed. teaching certificate, and a City and Guilds in Fashion, to refresh my skills. I have been teaching locally, in Bristol Adult Education, for over 15 years, instructing people of all ages (17 to 80+), female and male, and all abilities.  I find this very rewarding.  It gives me a buzz when I see students producing their first garment, and knowing that their newly-learned skills have changed their lives. They will reap the benefits for years.