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Who Made your Clothes? Yvonne

Who Made your Clothes? Yvonne

Meet your Maker - Yvonne

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Yvonne is the newest member of our team joining late 2015, but now we couldn't imagine life without her.

'I started my sewing machinist apprenticeship in 1972 at the age of 14, in a large company called Jennell Wear in Dublin, making Ladies coats. I then continued my apprenticeship in Margots which made Pyjamas & Nightdresses in the days of Nylon and Winceyette.c

Upon finishing my apprenticeship I worked for BeeLine who made Ladies and Children's clothes for a store in Dublin called Penny's (Known as Primark in the UK). This was in the late 70's before they went global and started having their clothes made abroad. 

On a job promise I left Dublin in 1980 with my sister to work a summer season in Jersey, only on arrival we found the job had been given to someone else!

As we were about to head back to Dublin (deflated with our tails between our legs) we met a lovely gentleman who was on holiday and offered us both a position in his hotel in the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock in Dorset. 

The hotel next door was owned by a couple who had a son, called Terry, in the Merchant Navy. While he was home on leave, we met, fell in love and married a year later. 

As Terry progressed in his career, I worked in different places around the UK;

Making shirts for Austin Reed in Bispham near Blackpool
Wedding Dresses in a bridal shop in Helensburgh Scotland and Sportswear in Malvern.

I was accepted for a position in the Morgan Motor Company which taught me a whole new skill making all the interior trim for sports cars plus soft top hoods, working there for the best part of 18 years. 

When Terry retired from the sea, his hobby & passion for flying got him a part time job as a flying instructor with his friend who owns a flying school in Northumbria and that's when I found The All-in-One Company.

In 2015, I applied for a part time position as a machinist and was so glad that Kate took me on.

The team at The All-in-One Company have made me feel very welcome, especially Edith who is training me. I thank her for her patience and understanding whilst I learn all the different aspects of Onesie making, including the making of ears, tails and all the different designs!'