About Me

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 home worker for Dormy House, provided an alteration service for a 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 Collage 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.

On 8th June 2018 Test Valley Textiles merged with Burleys Bridal Boutique.

Patricia now offers an end to end service for brides:

  1. Stocking a range of quality dresses from our main supplier Victoria Kay.
  2. Helping them choose their dress from our exclusive ranges in time for their big day.
  3. Advising of any alterations that might be required to make the dress fit perfectly.
  4. Carrying out those alterations.
  5. Storing the dress until the wedding day.
  6. Fitting the bride into her dress on the day.

Important Information

In light of the announcement by the Prime Minister today

Having already had customers who have had to cancel/postpone their weddings/proms cancel appointments with me. I have after careful consideration and a lot of soul searching decided, in the interests of safety and wellbeing for you as customers, and myself, not being able to maintain the social distance required during this pandemic when fitting a dress, cancel all fitting appointments for the foreseeable future.

Rest assured I will be working hard during this time to ensure that any work I can do will be done so we can quickly pick up the pace when all of this is over and your weddings are re-planned and scheduled.

If any of my customers are wanting to make payments towards their work to reduce the balance are welcome to do this, I can send payment links out just ask. Although this is a very tough time for many businesses and a lot of brides are extremely anxious I would like to reassure everyone that I am not going anywhere and I will get through this.

Stay safe

Patricia