In our third instalment of our ‘Edinburgh Remakery Introduces…’ segment, we spoke to our fabulous new sewing tutor and expert seamstress, Gillian Drummond.
How did you first get into sewing?
My family were all sewers and knitters and so it was something that was around me as I grew up and….I followed on. I love fabrics and the many different textures and colours but I also like transforming a piece of cloth into something you can wear.
Why do you think sewing is such a great skill to learn?
Sewing is fairly simple once you manage the basics and there is so much you can do once you know how. If you can do simple repairs yourself, you can save a fortune being able to care for your clothes and not keep having to buy new all the time. You can then experiment with different ideas too; whether for clothing or soft furnishings…it is almost limitless.
What are your favourite projects to work on?
I trained in fashion design and pattern cutting; so my first love would be making bespoke items. My second love is showing people how easy it is to learn to sew….and the pride and joy on their faces when students make their first item.
How did you first get involved with Remade?
Originally, I volunteered when Remade was starting out and operated on Friday mornings at South Bridge Resource Centre. I was looking for something different to do which involved sewing and had an idea about passing on the skills and knowledge I have gained over the years. It has been amazing to see how quickly Remade has developed into the organisation it is today.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on some prototypes for tablet cases and laptop bags using donated fabrics; which we hope to sell through the Remakery. As Christmas is so near, I am also involved in some festive workshops and am looking forward to the “Decorate your own Christmas Jumper” workshop this Saturday at the Remakery……should be some interesting and fun results!
What are your other passions and interests?
For relaxation, I love to go for walks either in the countryside or beaches….the East Neuk of Fife is a particular favourite and not too far for a coastal experience. I have also been known to go swimming in the sea in our Scottish summer….foolhardy or brave. Not sure which.
Family and friends are important to me so I spend as much time as I can with them. I believe I am a pretty good cook and I have recently been joined in the kitchen by my teenage son who is progressing nicely….some good dinners but definitely not a baker!
Look out for more Sewing Machine Skills workshops being held in the New Year, and you can book your one-to-one sewing lessons with Gillian today! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information