CERRYS IS SEWING HER WAY TO SUCCESS
A young Dundee mum, who joined a local sewing project to learn how to mend her daughter’s clothes, is creating garments for a major High Street retailer.
Cerrys Duke (pictured) mum to four-year-old Layla, was one of the first students to complete the Kindred Clothing course.
The course, which is just days away from receiving official SQA accreditation, was due to be taught in person but moved online when Covid hit.
Run by Dundee charity Front Lounge, it takes learners through the key stages of the garment production process from setting up and using a sewing machine through to mood boards, pattern making and construction.
Learners also gain practical fashion photography skills and techniques to present themselves, their stories and their clothes.
What makes Kindred Clothing unique is that it has childcare built into every aspect of it, allowing parents with young children to get involved.
Samantha Paton, owner and founder of Dundee fashion house, Isolated Heroes, has been involved with the project from the outset and believes it can help fill a skills gap across the industry.
As a result, she offered Cerrys (21) a six-week placement, working on a retail order from Urban Outfitters.
A range of Isolated Heroes garments, which Cerrys has been working on, will go on sale from Friday 28 May 2021, as part of a weekend long pop-up event within Urban Outfitters’ store on Princes Street, Edinburgh.
Cerrys has also been working on garments on sale within the V&A Dundee shop, where Isolated Heroes is the exclusive fashion collaborator for the Night Fever: Designing Club Culture exhibition.
Samantha said, “Selling our creations within Urban Outfitters and V&A Dundee simultaneously is just amazing and for Cerrys to be involved in that is wonderful – she could have a really bright future ahead of her!”
Cerrys added, “I started Kindred Clothing to master a few basic sewing skills and to fix things, with Layla at my side but I genuinely never thought I’d get an opportunity like this.
“As well as following a design brief, I’ve loved soaking up the atmosphere of a real fashion business.
“The course and this placement have really boosted my confidence and shown I can do anything I set my mind to.”
Chika Inatimi, Project Leader, Front Lounge said, “We are so very proud of Cerrys, and very thankful to Isolated Heroes for amplifying the Kindred Clothing learning experience.”