‘Beryl’ – Mobile sewing and alterations
BEMAC is supporting Beryl, a beautiful caravan that has been designed to run sewing classes together with providing alterations and mending services for the homeless community in Ipswich partnering with Rosie’s of Ipswich (Orange Sky Australia).
A venture that started a few years ago, out of her home Kelly started Sew What Ipswich. A sewing workshop/lessons, haberdashery, alterations and mending shop in North Ipswich. Kelly realised those less fortunate had a need for her skills.
” We would love to provide the skill of sewing to more of the population, as the limits of offering these services to people who can afford to pay for them is a barrier in our eyes. We hope to provide a sense of caring and community support to our patrons. Alterations and mending are usually a costly luxury for persons who do not possess the skill or equipment to perform them.”
Kelly’s hope for the future with Beryl is to provide basic sewing lessons to beginners.
“We will look at providing an occasional sewing workshop to the homeless community to make bags or other useful quick projects. This will provide a sense of achievement, empowerment and most importantly, fun.”
To keep up to date about Sew What and Beryl’s journey check out the facebook page.