"Wow, I love your dress! Where is it from?"
Thank you, I made it myself.
Laura and Benny rolled their eyes. Shopping in London with my two besties, I'd already been stopped twice by strangers who wanted to know about my dress. The third commissioned me to make one for her.
"You have to start a business," said Laura.
I'd just left my PR career to be a stay-at-home-mum and occasional copywriter. Sewing was a hobby - a joy, not a job.
On a whim, I put a few photos online. Within weeks, I had commissions from around the world. Wedding gowns, prom dresses and all things bridal fast became my love and sole focus.
I've been sewing since I was 5 and am mostly self-taught. I did GCSE Textiles (A) at school and, more recently, I've received training from icons including the Royal School of Needlework (see HRH The Dutchess of Cambridge's wedding dress) and former Great British Sewing Bee judge May Martin among others.
It's my job but it's always my joy.
And all because my besties rolled their eyes.