Natalie comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades that have passed, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion, gaining experience and employment with businesses such as Woman’s Weekly, Rowan Yarns, Nicky Cook Pattern Cutting and Sew Over It. At the same time, she further professionalised her existing skills by learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in tailoring, theatre costume and bridal couture. Consequently, she gained a good understanding of the workings of commercial pattern companies and the needs of home dressmakers.
Before joining the Morley Fashion teaching team in 2017, Natalie worked as a research assistant for the University of London and taught on the BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles at the University of West London, instructing students on fashion knitwear design, design development (including toileing and fitting), garment construction and pattern cutting for woven fabrics and knitted textiles. She is a voracious reader and strives to keep abreast of the latest research, with a particular interest in storytelling, clothing and textiles as artefacts, and constant curiosity about the many ways in which clothes can be designed, cut, sewn or knitted.
Natalie gained a postgraduate teaching qualification and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2017, and the City and Guilds Award in Education and Training in 2019. Apart from teaching Clothes Making courses at Morley College, she works as a freelance knitwear designer and her designs can be found in Knitting magazine, published monthly by GMC Publications.
Visit her website: https://berylliantknits.com/