Welwyn Garden City former Renee Couture seamstress makes dresses for fashion show

PUBLISHED: 13:00 26 February 2011 | UPDATED: 12:20 23 March 2011

Model Hannah Saklatlava in trousers designed and made by Linda Colegrave. Picture by Gary Chilton

Model Hannah Saklatlava in trousers designed and made by Linda Colegrave. Picture by Gary Chilton


A SEAMSTRESS from WGC helped make a series of beautiful dresses for a charity catwalk show.

Model Abi Eveliegh in a dress made by Linda Colegrave. Picture by Gary Chilton

The Targets Breast Cancer Fashion Show raised more than 1,500 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and helping arrange the event was Linda Colegrave, who put together and designed a range of outfits for the night.

Organised by St Edmunds College, in Ware, where the event was held, students and staff hit the catwalk to raise funds for the charity that invests in research, campaigning and education; and to show off the best of Lindas work.

A former Renee Couture dressmaker, Linda put together the costumes and also designed a pair of segment trousers, as well as helping to collate 54 raffle gifts for the night.

She said: It took about six months to put all the dresses together and I really enjoyed working with everyone, including Alla Ritch, who really helped me out, and Kastaways shop in WGC, which provided shoes and dresses.

I have always had a love for dressmaking since I taught myself aged around nine.

I have worked for Renee Couture, as well as at Cresta Silks when they were in WGC, and now I am starting to do work for Temptation in Hertford.

The next step hopefully is to start my own business.

Linda is also looking to help teach textiles lessons in schools.

If you would like a lesson at your school contact simon.wesson@whtimes.co.uk

* These pictures were taken by WGCs Gary Chilton, the UK Kodak under Fives Photographer 2007.

Contact him on 01707 320352 or 07583193362.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times