Client’s tailor their own clothes

by admin on 19 February 2015

My name is Robert and around 18 months ago I found myself homeless and living on the streets with no hope for the future.  Previously I had spent many years working as a theatrical tailor designing and making costumes around the world, which included everything from pattern draft to full make through. I had a good client base within companies such as Tesco/Asda/Air tours/Royal Ascot/Theme parks/ and personal commissions from many soap opera stars and media services.

When I moved into a hostel, I found some hope and I was directed to SIFA Fireside where I received support to become more focused and started to change my life. I began to keep myself  busy; filling my time with activities  which not only got me though the day but was amazing for my body and soul.

Whilst being at SIFA Fireside I noticed a way in which I could use my skills to help others because everyone has their favourite jacket/trousers, which sometimes need repairing.  By sharing my skills in a sewing group I can teach clients to repair their garments. These skills will also develop into designing and making items such as pillows/cushions, bedding and soft furnishings for the new homes clients hope to move on to.

This group will teach clients a new and useful skill as well as self confidence in their abilities.

We are looking for help with the possible donation of the following items:-

Sewing machines
Any craft items
Wallpaper for patterns/drawing.


Any amount large or small would be very gratefully received. SIFA Fireside  also welcome any one to come and see for themselves why the centre is so needed and the good work that’s undertaken daily. Please contact


Again I thank you for your time in this matter and look forward to your replies with gratitude.



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