Can you be a sew and sew for Bideford Heritage Day?

Volunteers sought to learn how to make Tudor costumes in time for June event.

REAL “sew and sews” are being sought in Bideford to help with the town’s annual Heritage Day.

Organiser Bideford 500 is offering free training sessions as it seeks to set up a voluntary sewing group to make costumes for the event on June 30.

There is a focus on the Town Charter given by Sir Richard Grenville during the reign of Elizabeth 1st and it is hoped to encourage local people to dress up for the day, while the team of Town Heritage Guides will set the trend with accurate period clothing.

The sewing group would be tasked with making Tudor costumes and be led by Jen Hood, who over the years has made costumes from the Roman period to the 1920s.


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She plans to help the team make costumes for both sexes and to show the group how to use traditional and modern techniques.

Great experience isn’t essential, but basic sewing ability is helpful - plus a willingness to learn to work with wool or linen fabrics and discover a new world of the past.

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The training sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings of March 6, 13 and 20. For more information contact Yaz on 07717 217853.

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