Elizabeth Spring Strategic Development
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                  Sew Portobello                    Creative Enterprise

Selling  bespoke children's clothes, soft furnishings and fabric toys

Sew Portobello was a little social enterprise that I set  up in 2013 to create a space for low income women to meet up and make some money. 


To start it up, I raised £55,000 funding from the local authority to rent a pretty studio shop in Portobello Green Arcade, Notting Hill.


We ran clubs and courses there. Some particpants sold the handmade textile goods they designed, others came to learn. Local older women also sold their own treasure troves of bric a brac and china. The rich heritage of sewing and embroidery in the diverse communities of North Kensington, was linked  by Sew P into ways to make new friends and share skills. Women earned money as tutors and by selling bespoke textile goods. Soon people of all ages and backgrounds came along to join in.


The friendly welcoming project showed there is a real human need for more connectivity in this busy central London spot.Women enjoyed sharing skills and making all sorts of fabric goods together. The lessons were full of laughter. The products were sold  in the shop and on sunnier days on Portobello market, that runs through the area.


As it developed, the project expanded to offer sewing classes, coffee mornings and family creative events - bringing neighbours together for a laugh, a chat and an expert sewing lesson in various community venues.


Sew Portobello's mission was completed in 2017 as women set up their own autonomous sewing and embroidery classes, clubs and market stalls.


It was a lovely project!


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