The Harleston woman making clothes for ‘pear-shaped’ women
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Finding clothes that can fit you is a challenge many of us face, whatever your body shape.
But now a Harleston woman believes she has found the answer for people who are her shape and size.
Vicky Young, 44, from Harleston, has a background in sewing after learning the craft from her mother at a young age.
She describes herself as 'pear-shaped' and therefore found it difficult to find clothes that would fit.
She realised that she could not be the only person struggling with this problem, after discussing her frustrations on social media and with her friends.
So she took it upon herself to create a clothing specially for 'pear-shaped' women.
Miss Young said: 'I have always been a pear-shape. I have always struggled trying to find clothes that fit. They either gap at the back, pull on the hips or don't go over the bottom.
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'It's about finding the solution to a problem I know I'm not the only one who has.'
Miss Young has worked as a bridal seamstress on and off for many years.
Four years ago she took a City and Guilds Level three in dress-making, which included an element of pattern cutting.
She created Kookie Cat around four months ago, which she runs from her own living room.
Specifically choosing the fabrics and sewing them together, she creates smart, straight-legged trousers, jeans and two styles of soft jersey dresses.
She is currently working on a 1960s-inspired skirt and jacket.
All clothing is available in sizes eight to 18 or can be custom made by sending in measurements.
The buttons, zips and accessories are all sourced from the region with many coming from The Fabric Shop in Eye.
She added: 'I used to do dress-making as a career and I was always making bridal alterations.
'I know it is really frustrating when I go shopping and the clothes I find in the high street stores do not fit.
'The amount of times I have gone to a jeans shop and even six or seven shops and left with nothing, because nothing will fit me properly.
'It's about finding the sizes and patterns that are for people who do not just fit one size or a standard shape. We are not all cut from the same cloth.'
For more information, visit www.kookiecat.co.uk