I have a bespoke bridalwear company in which I have been running for 13 months. Prior to this, I studied Fashion and Textiles BA(HONS) and graduated with a 2:1. I have various clients in which I have done alterations, repairs, bespoke dresses and other creative projects. I have facilities here to be used: sewing machine, overlocker, embroidery machine, mannequin and all the tools necessary for almost all projects. I'm looking for someone who is thinking of gaining some skills in sewing, or perhaps looking to improve on what they already know, just give me a little message and we can talk through anything that you would like to learn or achieve! In my workroom we have infinite tea/coffee/hot chocolate and snacks, and it's a real safe place to learn and have fun doing something you love. If you're interested in getting the inside scoop of what I have learned at Univeristy as well as the professional world, I would love to pass on my skills, so send me a little message and I will reply as soon as I can :)
I have been professionally dressmaking since the age of 16 and have had various private clients as well as other professionals, for example, I have created a bespoke burlesque style dress that was worn in a makeup competition, where it received 1st prize. At GCSE, i was graded an A* in Textiles, at A Level I achieved an A, and at University I graduated with a 2:1 so if you require help in any aspects of the education system I am well trained to help! I have taught various people how to do dress alterations before and would love the chance to work with people on any project, big or small!
2013-2016 University of Portsmouth
BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design with Enterprise.
Graduated with a 2:1
Degree has focussed on surface decoration teamed with garment design and construction. Subjects include: Enterprise and Retail, Trend Prediction, Digital designing using CAD; Pattern cutting; Industrial designing; Digital printing; Embroidery; Screen Printing.
This course has enabled me to develop abilities to:
• Work independently whilst managing my time between projects and units.
• Develop CAD software abilities in: Photoshop, Illustrator and Marvelous Designer.
• Predict trends by observing future events and influences and making relevant responses.
• Use professional and industrial equipment to create fashion as well as textiles.
2006-2011 St Albans Catholic High School, Ipswich
• A Levels in Textiles (A), Business and Economics (B), Photography (C)
• AS Level in Physical Education (C)
• CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
• 10 G.C.S.Es with A’s in Mathematics, Textiles and English
June 2016 – Present Self-employed bridalwear designer
• Managing a business specialising in bespoke bridalwear, alterations and embroidery. sabrinadecarvalho.co.uk
• Refer to portfolio via (concealed information) to view previous work.
September 2016 – March 2017 Part-time seamstress at Star Editions
• Art working, printing and sewing products such as cushions, flannels, metal signs, bags and T-Shirts.
• Working as part of a team to make and complete orders ready to be delivered to the customer.
July – September 2016: Sewing Machinist at Doves Clothing
• Customising company’s clothes with their logos and commercial merchandise
• Experience on industrial straight stitch machine and over locker.
• Have worked with Mimaki, CAD CUT and Dye Sublimation transfer processes.
October 2014 – February 2015: Wardrobe assistant at Groundlings Theatre
• Learning traditional alteration and construction techniques.
• Reclaiming old outfits and materials to make new costumes for upcoming productions.
• Helping with the preparation for shows.
September – October 2014: Shop assistant at Creatiques Bridal Boutique
• Got an insight into the bridal industry.
• Made even the most nervous brides feel comfortable with friendly conversation and advice with wedding dresses.
• Attended a wedding fayre event, getting attendees interested in the shop and competition that was running, whilst also helping in the bridal fashion show.
March 17th 2014: ‘Upcycling’ Event for student finance week at university
• Reinvented old garments by stitching to make them wearable.
• 47 people attended the event.
Jan – Feb 2014: Remunerated university collaboration with Business Students
• Illustrated shoe designs to a brief for the students/clients, which they utilised as part of their assessed work. Liaised with the group members having a large involvement in the focus group.
• Improved time management doing a side project during a taught lesson semester.
October 2014: Teaching textiles workshop at Admiral Lord Nelson High School
• I enjoyed teaching the pupils fun and effective drawing and mark-making techniques.
• Encouraged and hopefully inspired the pupils to pursue a fashion/textiles degree.
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