Meet our Tutors.

HELEN BOOR – DESIGNER & PATTERN CUTTER.

Helen studied Fashion at Lincoln Art college. She went on to gain an HND in clothing technology at Kent Institute of Art and Design. The course focused on industry fashion and pattern cutting, while there she had her designs in Snob which lead to work experience with Paragon fashion. Moving back to her home town in Lincolnshire, she started her career as a fancy dress costume designer and pattern cutter with Pam’s of Gainsborough. In this roll she lead a team of 12 machinists. The company won best manufacturer from 1999 to 2002 . Helen worked on costume for cat walks, trade brochures and trade shows as well as historical and current trends in the fancy dress industry. After having her children Helen moved to the Highlands in 2007, working as a Designer and Machinist for a company who cater for disabled people in outdoor pursuits. Now taking on her own new venture ‘Vintage Buy Me’, selling vintage clothing and up-cycling pre-loved clothing. In her spare time Helen is a guide leader and co runs a community sewing bee as well as a helping hand with the costumes for the rock challenge at the local high school. A life long lover of dressmaking, vintage, fashion, Vespa’s and Vinyl .  

CLAIRE MACKINTOSH // RORY MACARONI

Claire is an avid seamstress who has a flare for up-cycling, re-purposing and bright bold colours. Claire’s passion for sewing comes from her Granny. She’ll tackle any project, producing beautiful clothing and home wears, from the most wonderful fabrics. Having 2 young children, Claire also sews for them, as well as her friends and family’s wee ones. Turning her skills into a wonderful, colourful and creative business, she is the woman behind Rory Macaroni, handmade children’s’ wear. Claire runs a community craft group teaching sewing as well as her other passion crotchet. Most of you will already know Claire as one of the founders of The Wee fabric Shop.

LOUISE CAMERON // ROWANCRAFTS

Louise has been running her own dressmaking business, from home, since 1991. Her love for sewing started at 5 years old, when she would use her Gran’s old treadle sewing machine. On her 14th birthday, her Mum and Dad bought Louise her own sewing machine. From then on made clothes and craft items for friends and family slowly building up the business to what it is today. I’ve been on several courses to learn new techniques. I can adapt commercial patterns mixing them to get the style and design my customer wants. Louise currently takes our curtain Classes, which she has done for a few years, alongside Marice at The Sewing Room.

LINDSEY GRIEVE // PROJECT LINUS CO-ORDINATOR

Lindsey has been sewing for over 40 years making children’s clothes, dance show outfits, wedding dresses, patchwork quilts and much more. In 2018 she designed and made her daughter’s wedding dress with hand appliqué of lace, ribbon and beads.  In 2019 she became the Project Linus coordinator, the project provides home-made quilts for sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers in the Highlands.  She firmly believes the enjoyment of undertaking a project is more important than the accuracy.