Welcome To Test Valley Textiles

Test Valley Textiles is the brainchild of Patricia Ireland

Patricia started to learn her sewing skills at school and on leaving worked for Triumph International in Swindon. Here she excelled in her accuracy and speed on the sewing machine. During the following years, Patricia continued to use her skills making her own, family and friends clothes. When Patricia moved to Andover in 1996 she worked as a homeworker for Dormy House, provided an alteration service for local dry cleaners and serviced a small number of private clients.

Deciding to follow her childhood dream of teaching, Patricia returned to full-time education as a mature student attending Cricklade College on an access course. After gaining the necessary entrance qualifications she was accepted onto a BA Hons course in Textiles for fashion at Portsmouth University. This 3-year course saw her study Printing, Knitting, Weaving (Specialised in 2nd & 3rd Years), Business Studies, Italian and Fashion Design. She graduated in 2001 with 1st Class Honours and was given an award for her constructed textiles.

Patricia then attended Bath Spa University on a 2 year Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for Primary & Secondary teaching. This gained her all the necessary skills to teach all areas of Design & Technology. After gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) she worked in a local secondary school until summer 2015.

Patricia now wishes to use her textile and teaching skills to provide a quality service to her clients.

Services Offered

Dressmaking

We are happy to advise on your requirements and give you a detailed list of what you need to purchase for her to make the garment for you.

Curtains & Blinds

Are your windows irregular shape or size? Are you finding it difficult to source the perfect curtains to complement your room? We can help!

Textiles Tutoring

Lessons can be tailored around what the student would like to learn or gain further knowledge and skills.

Client Testimonials

  • Sarah Howard Stillman
    Patricia did an excellent job of shortening a pair of curtains. Very quick turnaround and good value too, I would most definitely recommend!
    Sarah Howard Stillman
  • Toni Anne Parker
    Had 4 pairs of curtains taken up, really pleased. Had them back quickly, more than reasonable prices. Lovely lady. Would definitely recommend!
    Toni Anne Parker
  • Barry J Ray
    Fantastic service from Patricia; very talented and experienced who made me a beautiful waistcoat for my wedding. I highly recommend her services.
    Barry J Ray
  • Natalie Fisher
    Not only is Patricia welcoming, and approachable her work and attention to detail is brilliant. I had a curtain I wanted made into a baby blanket for our baby arriving shortly. It was made beautifully & I will be back in the future for sure. Thanks, Natalie
    Natalie Fisher
  • Joanne
    Hi, Patricia just to say thank you for the amazing job you have done on my skirt and dress the skirt fits perfectly and at last I can wear them lol. Thank you once again, I shall certainly recommend you. Take care Joanne x
    Joanne

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