What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

The gorgeous people! I’ve made some beautiful new friends through this group and when I win lotto, I plan on a world tour to meet them all!

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?

I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember.  My mum worked in a few sewing industry jobs before starting up a soft furnishings business at home, so from about the age of 10 onwards, I would spend school holidays working with her doing all things from counting buttons for stock take to cutting out curtains and eventually sewing on the industrial machines.  After having my 2 girls, I really started sewing with a passion and now try to make as many clothes as the kids will let me (teenage girls are a special bunch!) as well as most of our gifts for family and friends. Through some of my real friends, I heard about an Australian Facebook community and from there discovered Rebecca Page patterns. A few months later, there was a call out for brand ambassadors, so I applied and as they say, the rest is history! I’ve grown to love this brand and both of my girls will ask me each month what patterns we have to choose from and are almost as excited about new patterns as I am.

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

Nothing professional, all my ‘training’ has been from my mum in her work room, teaching myself from following patterns and from the amazing online community.

What is your favourite RP pattern?

Ooooh tough choice! I think the three that I’m most proud of are the three that have earned me awards at our local Hall of Industries competition – Madison blouse (1st Place), Taylor Trench (2nd Place) and a gorgeous Dolls House Quiet Book which also gained a 2nd Placing. My Taylor Trench is probably my most worn item.

Describe a typical day in your life.

During the week, I get up and head to work early while hubby gets the kids out the door to school.  I then finish work at 2.30 so I am home for them in the afternoon, where I get dinner sorted, take them to after school activities (scouts and cheer leading are the current activities), go to the gym and occasionally squeeze in a bit of sewing.  After dinner I’m usually found at the sewing machine, or watching something on Netflix

Tell us a bit about your style.

I like simple lines. For work, it’s pants (Slim Fit Cargos!) or a Peggy Pencil skirt with a nice top and Circle Cardi.  Weekends it’s jeans and comfortable tops

Where are you from? And where do you currently live?

I live near Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia. Have lived here most of my life and love it.  It’s a gorgeous place.  I wouldn’t mind a warmer climate during winter though….

How long have you been sewing and how did you start?

I remember doing hand sewing type crafts with my mum when I was about 4 and have been sewing ever since!

If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?

A bigger house with room for a sewing room (I currently work in the lounge room!) and a spare room for visitors to stay!

What’s your superpower?

Most of my friends would say sewing! But I think my best superpower is finding bargains.  If it’s not on sale, I very rarely buy it

What’s the superpower you really want?

To correctly guess the winning lotto numbers. HAHA

Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?

Start playing with your machine.  Sit down with the manual and some scraps of fabric (all different types) and go through each feature, trying them on different fabrics, so that you start to understand how the fabrics react in different situations as well as the functions your machine can do.

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Sleep in, eggs and bacon breakfast, coffee with a girlfriend, then some ‘me’ time in front of the sewing machine.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?

Anne Frank.  Her story really stuck with me when I read it as a teenager and to talk to her would be fascinating, I think.

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

Teal – the sound of a tropical ocean gently lapping at my feet

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably learn to crochet.

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?

Procrastination! I swear we had the most amazing meals and baked goods when I was supposed to be studying for exams or writing assignments for uni!

What do you wish you knew more about?

At the moment – teenage girls. I know I was one, but far out they are interesting creatures some times! HAHA

Kelly Stokes
Customer Support & BA