Paul Clarke

Paul is a self taught sewer, having sewn for of over 35 years. His first interest grew from years of watching his mother sew for all the family in a time when sewing was the cheapest way of getting new clothes. His passion developed upon buying a house and needing to furnish it, therefore branching out into soft furnishing, bedding and curtains.

“Always a fan of fancy-dress, I made lots of outfits from my own designs which helped when becoming an active member of the “Sealed Knot” (Society of Cavaliers and Roundheads) as buying outfits was not possible and designs had to be as authentic as they could, with no zips or Velcro,” said Paul.

After appearing in, and reaching the semi-final stage of season 3 of Great British Sewing Bee, Paul has gone on to work with a local fabric company as one of the tutorial team, teaching workshops in dressmaking and providing demonstrations promoting the making of menswear items, trying to demystify the myth that shirt-making is harder than dressmaking.

The passion for introducing multi-colours into menswear is what inspires Paul to produce the garments he does, from ‘Craft Cotton inspired dress shirts’ to ‘psychedelic elephant fleece jackets’ and ‘African Wax Print waistcoats’. “Colour should not just be found Hawaiian shirts for men or only on the women’s fashion rails,” said Paul. “I love playing with colour and style,” he added. Join Paul at the show for one of his workshops and learn his method of double welt pockets or to make the costume elephant head hat he made on the TV show.