As I reflect on my childhood, I can trace the threads that contributed and led me to a love of sewing. My mum was a fantastic dressmaker and a wonderful creative inspiration for me as I was growing up. I would flick through the pages of her display pattern books, admiring all the stylish dresses and then tried to replicate the clothes by dressing up my paper dolls.
Learning sewing at high school grew my fascination for using the sewing machine and realised that sewing came quite naturally to me. I began working soon after graduating from high school, when I bought a second-hand sewing machine and developed further sewing skills by creating trend-setting fashions to wear to work. I fell in love and in my twenties became a bride myself.
While growing a family and nurturing our four children in Africa, life moved on over the years with my instinctive creative edge gathering momentum. I was given the freedom to show my creations and fulfil my craving for fashion design by organising fashion shows at trade fair stalls and local community events.
Circumstances helped us to make the difficult decision to leave Zimbabwe in 1989, to settle in England. Whilst living in London I was finally able to pursue formal qualifications in Fashion Studies. With a new-found sense of confidence, I began work as a seamstress working in established bridal houses, before escaping the cold winters of England and welcoming the beautiful beaches and endless summer days of Perth, Western Australia in January 2001
I continued to work as a seamstress in some Perth bridal boutiques before a desire ignited to start my own business which focused on a successful bridal alterations service. After nine years a progression into bridal couture, came easily and surprisingly quickly. An arranged visit to a Paris designer in 2017 became a starting point of inspiration for White Lace Bridal Couture, offering brides looking for something over and above an off-the-rack gown, their dream dress, made to fit their unique measurements perfectly.