Retro 21 header, if it needs sewing, it needs me
Bespoke seamtress service for you and your home

Hand made and well made one off bespoke pieces for you or your home.    

I will go above and beyond to give you a truly unique look. I can also produce traditional pieces using the attention to detail and quality finish of years gone by, hence the name Retro21- classic workmanship for the 21st century.  

I can sew anything! Some of the more unusual items I've worked on include repairs to bee keeping suits, making scrubs in African fabric and an array of fancy dress, cosplay and costumes. Sewing can be outdoorsy too! I have also made colourful garden cushions & bunting. Curtains and cushions for camper vans, caravans and boats. 

I know there's more challenges out there please just ask - If it needs sewing it needs me!

Services include:

Dress making - made to measure clothing using commercial patterns for all the family from £40 

Fashion design - If you have a vision of your dream outfit I can bring it to life for you. If you just can't find anything you like, that suits you or fits you; we can work together to produce that elusive perfect piece.  From £100 plus cost of fabric, etc.

Furniture recovering - Give a new lease of life to an old favourite. Fully removable tailored covers that reflect your personality, from outlandish and quirky to elegant and understated, I can transform your furniture from £150 plus cost of fabric, etc.

Curtain making - I use high end traditional techniques to produce any style of curtain from standard pencil pleat with heading tape to hand crafted pinch pleated or custom finishes. Prices on request.

Cushions - If you just want an accent piece to compliment your room I can design some scatter cushions just for you. From £25



‘I’ve found it’s getting harder and harder to find true craftsman and people willing to repair things today and I can honestly say Karen is one of those people.

Lots of people told me to just throw away my old office chair and buy a new one but after having it for nearly 30 years it had become like and old reliable friend, it was however pretty beaten up, torn and the foam was, well past it’s best. I searched and searched for someone to re-upholster it, but many wanted a fortune to carry out the work.

I then by chance found Karen’s website and after speaking to her I felt comfortable letting her take on the challenge and I have to say I’m so pleased with the end results and again it’s like having my old friend back again. Karen’s work is exceptional, she is deeply knowledgeable in her field and a joy to work with. It was worth every penny I paid and I’m so glad I did.’

Tony B (Southampton) 04/05/2021

New Orleans Saints cover

I am absolutely thrilled with my New Orleans Saints multi-leathered patchwork cover for my favourite old faithful recliner.

Posted these images on the NFL New Orleans Saints fans page and had over a thousand likes and at least 40 people asking how they can get one! I was happy to say its a one-off creation by an English genius!

Thank you so much Karen, you made this ol fella really happy!

Dave Flowers