We love to support small businesses here at Strupag, and to give you the chance to find out about new companies. So today we are very excited to introduce you to Caths Creative Costumes. Cathy Stocker is the lady behind this company and we’ve managed to grab a couple of minutes of her time to ask her a few questions. She’s also giving away a bespoke prize at the end of the interview!
Hi Cathy. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself please?
I am 53 years old and happily married to a wonderful man. I have four grown up sons, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I am a trained nurse.
Have you always had an interest in sewing? When did you start?
I have held a sewing needle since the age of 4 my mother tells me (and everyone else). Apparently I used to sew buttons on everything! From an early age I made clothes for my dolls and costumes for my younger brothers. When I had my own children I made a lot of clothes for them. I also made my own bridesmaid dresses – partly by machine but mostly hand sewn. I have always enjoyed crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, tapestry and cross-stitch. I am not very good at drawing so express my creativity through fabric!
How did your business come about?
As my boys got older and joined various drama groups I started helping by making costumes. This then expanded into making costumes for local drama groups. After several years of offering my services for free I decided to try and turn my passion for sewing into a small business. Gradually my customer base has increased in size, as has the types of clothing I make. I love a challenge and will try to do most things people ask for, gaining a lot of skills on the way. I was a member of The Sewing Forum and met a lot of like minded people who were willing to share their knowledge and skills between other crafters.
You’ve created a lot of costumes. Which ones are your favourites?
My favourite costume is the black Tudor dress I made for myself, and my Victorian dress with bloomers crinoline and boned corset for my 50th birthday.
Do you sell other items as well as costumes? Are you available for bespoke work such as dressmaking?
I will make most things for customers. I like a challenge. I am enjoying making children’s dresses at the moment. I have had customers send a photo of a costume and ask me to make them for them and they have always been pleased with the end result. I love making bespoke and do make a lot of costumes for international buyers, they just send me their measurements and some pictures.
Do you work from home? What is your workspace like?
I work from home and now have the attic as my sewing studio, although it’s still being fitted out for use. I have several sewing machines and embroidery machines and enjoy making personalised embroidered gifts
Have you any tips for us sewing newbies?
I love to help people who wish to learn to sew or to improve their sewing skills. The advice I usually give to newbies is to take it slow and steady. Sewing is a process so planning is important . There is no right or wrong way, we all find our own way. No mistakes only design features! Never give up, ask for help . Enjoy creating, it shouldn’t be a chore.
Finally, when you’re not busy at your sewing machine what do you like to do?
Sewing is my hobby, my passion and my business but I like to knit and crochet and spend time with my family.
Thank you so much Cathy for taking the time to answer our questions. It’s been great getting to know more about you.
Cathy has very kindly offered Strupag readers the chance to win one of her personalised cushions.
The lucky winner will receive one personalised cushion either embroidered on one side with their choice of names (up to 30 letters) or with an appliqué letter of their choice, picking the fabric from Cathy’s stock fabric. To give you an idea of the kind of beautiful cushions Cathy makes here is some of her work…
Personally I love this one…
To be in with the chance of winning simply fill in the rafflecopter form below. The only mandatory entry is that you “like” Cathy’s Facebook page. You can do as many, or as few, of the other entries as you wish. As always all entries will be verified.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
For more information or to get in touch with Cathy visit her website or Facebook page.
Thank you to Cathy for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always we have not received payment for running this giveaway.