A sewing service: alterations, mending and commission design work. While you wait is available for simple tasks or collection at their next market. Alternatively you can arrange to collect from their studio in West Oxford.

Make-Do-Mend attend the market on the first Saturday of the month.

Maria has spent her life sewing, with childhood memories of summer holidays with her mum and grandma making clothes for herself or her dolls, "it's just what we did!" She studied Fashion & Textiles at college and in her twenties working in the fashion trade: on the factory floor, in the fabric cutting room and as a grader and pattern cutter during a season when manufacturing was gradually moving away from Britain.  Early this century "boy does that make me feel old!" she moved into teaching and became a course leader for a BTEC National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing at our local FE college on Oxpens Rd.  Maria took voluntary redundancy from teaching about five years ago, when she was reminded about a prophetic word she was given as a teenager, about being Dorcas, a Bible character who was a dressmaker, a disciple and who helped the poor.  She decided there was more to it than where she currently was. 

Make.Do.Mend clothesHer most recent project, which is still in the planning stages, is aimed at growing and supporting dressmakers all around the world.  She has designed a one-size-fits-all dress that cleverly uses folds and ties so it can be made with limited machinery and no need for sourcing trims or haberdashery, aimed at empowering people to become financially sufficient within a global community.  She is sadly unable to publish details as the design rights are currently going through the Intellectual Property Office. Make Do Collage 2

As always, Maria will be at the market on her first-Saturday-of-the-month routine with her sewing machine, able to mend your clothes or even complete a commission from scratch: a fresh pair of curtains, shorten some new summer slacks, or maybe repair a winter coat before it goes into storage.  The photographs attached show some of the commissioned product development work Maria completes for British designers and entrepreneurs.

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