I first discovered my passion for sewing at secondary school when I won the Textiles cup at prize giving in Year 7. Ever since, I have made clothes for myself and others. I have also always been inspired by my mum as she makes items for herself, us and our home. In particular, I remember the lovely summer dresses she made me for school; they had individual touches, for instance, a piece of lace around the hem and sleeves. I loved them as they were so individual, compared with ones bought from shops.
When I left full time education I worked for the University of North London as an Administrative Assistant and later Web Manager. During this time I developed my skills further by attending various sewing courses in different areas of sewing including dressmaking, soft furnishing and specialist areas like corsetry and lingerie.
In 2001, I completed a City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching Adult Learners and became a part time IT tutor for the North West Essex Adult Community College working in their Stansted Mountfitchet, Thaxted and Harlow centres. Later that year, I started to work at The Leventhorpe School, Sawbridgeworth as an IT Technician and Web Designer.
In 2007, I started to teach sewing courses for The Leventhorpe School's Adult Community Learning programme and then later that year, I started my Sewing School offering two evening courses per week. My courses proved popular and I expanded my range to include subject-based day courses.
While teaching, it quickly came apparent that students were finding it difficult to source haberdashery; I then decided to start an online haberdashery – www.rebeccashaberdashery.co.uk
In 2012, I opened my own retail shop in Hatfield Heath, selling dressmaking fabrics, haberdashery and knitting yarn. I am also a Janome sewing machine stockist and in 2013, my dad and I trained to be sewing machine engineers.