My name is Chris White and I am the owner of Mrs Papendick Historical Seamstress.
I retired from my post as a lead teacher for History in Staffordshire in 2010. After twiddling my thumbs for a few months, I started making Regency and Georgian garments as a hobby and as a volunteer at Erasmus Darwin House, a local museum in Lichfield. My cottage soon became too small for all my efforts, I had become addicted!
I wanted to improve my costume skills and, in particular, I wanted to make my own patterns based on original fashion plates. So I signed up for a one day a week course - a BTEC Level III in Costume at Warwickshire College, the Henley in Arden campus.. As well as pattern making, I also did millinery as part of my course.
After the course I was offered an 'incubator unit' in a lovely Georgian house in the college grounds. Mrs Papendick was based there for two years. Some students from the college were employed on a part time basis during that time - Lauren, Harriet and Alice.
In April 2015 Mrs Papendick moved to Hednesford, Cannock Chase.........
unfortunately because of the pandemic I am now shielding, and have been since March 2020. Working from home means the sewing goes on but at a much slower pace!!