What do you enjoy most about working at RP?

One of the most exciting things about being part of Team RP is the opportunity to “virtually” meet so many lovely fellow sewistas from around the world and be able to share our knowledge and experiences to help us all develop our sewing skills.

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

My “proper job” is a million miles away from sewing but for as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for sewing and crafting in general. My first RP pattern was the Twirltastic Tutu – I loved the instructions and I was hooked!

What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?

Whilst on a “career break” when my children were young, I attended part time courses at college studying Advanced Soft Furnishings, Upholstery and Basic Patchwork and Quilting, gaining City & Guilds Qualifications. At the time, I had a passion for Interior Design but nowadays I do sometimes wish I’d opted to take the Pattern Cutting course instead!

What is your favourite RP pattern?

This is a hard question to answer, I’ve made so many lovely outfits using RP patterns. I particularly like making coats and jackets (I think I must have made about 20 over the years) and so my current favourite RP pattern is probably the Amsterdam Coat which I made last year but who knows if the next RP pattern I make will be my new favourite!

Describe a typical day in your life.

My typical day is usually spent at work in the Clinical Biochemistry Dept. of our local hospital surrounded by lots of blood samples, analysing them for diagnosis and monitoring of medical conditions and treatment. During lunch breaks, I can often be found at our departmental “craft club” where a few colleagues de-stress and share all types of creative interests including, knitting, crochet, jewellery making, decoupage and clay modelling! Sometimes I can also be found making good use of the conference tables to assemble and cut pdf patterns! After work, my free time usually includes face-timing with at least one of my young grandchildren, spending too much time on Facebook and sometimes a little sewing as well!

Tell us a bit about your style.

I’m a pants and tunic-length top type of girl, hardly ever wear skirts but love an occasion to get dressed up!

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

I live about 10 miles north of Liverpool (home of The Beatles), UK and have never lived more than 5 miles from the place where I was born!

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

I must have started sewing almost 50 years ago (gosh I must be REALLY old)!  My Mum sometimes made clothes for my sister and I and I guess I must have just decided I wanted to have a go myself.

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

I wish I could cook /bake – I’m too impatient

What’s your super power?


What’s the super power you really want?

Teleporting – I hate traffic!

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

It’s an age-old saying but measure twice and cut once – once you’ve cut it off you can’ rarely put it back on!

Describe your perfect Sunday.

Coffee and pastries, church followed by a pub lunch with friends (roast beef with Yorkshire pudding), maybe a walk if a sunny day (along the beach or through the woods) then a chilled evening and maybe some sewing.

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

Mother Teresa – she knew how to survive adversity but would also be able to tell some amazing stories

What’s the sound of your favourite colour?

Rain drops (Purple Rain)

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

I would like to say I want to start blogging but I would probably end up browsing the internet!

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

Procrastination – I can find any excuse to put something off until “tomorrow”!

What do you wish you knew more about?

IT, I’m getting left behind by the next generation

Ruth Taylor
Customer Support & Pattern Tester