F* Buddies:

Sally Spratley


I’m a seamstress and costume maker for theatre, film, tv and weddings and have been working in the industry for over 10 years now. I had always wanted to work in theatre and live in London so went there to study at London College of Fashion on the Costume design and making degree. I was lucky to get work straight out of university and got a full-time job as a costume maker at Angels the Costumiers for three years. I then decided to go freelance to experience other costume avenues.

I’m especially proud of the making work I do for English National Ballet, as they’re the company I grew up watching and wanting to be a part of. I’ve also done a lot of backstage work for them and being in the wings during a show will never lose its buzz!


Another job I loved when I first went freelance, was a costume for Keira Knightley for the film ‘A dangerous method’ when I first went freelance. It was quite simple, but I really loved making it, and had always had a bit of a girl crush on her!! It had lots of pretty old bits of lace on it and was very exciting seeing it at the cinema.

I usually work to a brief, creating other people’s designs but am always inspired by a pretty dress, cool suit, fun bit of fabric, lovely bit of lace, buttons, beads, ribbons, flowers. There is a lovely sense of achievement in seeing all these bits come together.


When moving to Bournemouth from London it was great to discover The Factory Studios. It’s full of friendly, creative and inspiring people and I really enjoy coming to work each day. I would like to start creating more of my own things and hopefully start running some workshops and classes in the area.

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