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Fashion pioneer Charles Worth honoured with Bourne sewing bee in Wake House birthplace




Contestants are being sought for a sewing competition to honour one of Bourne's most famous sons.

The sewing bee-style event is to be held on Sunday, September 19 in honour of Charles Worth, as part of annual national Heritage Open Days.

He was born in Wake House - where the competition will take place - and moved to Paris at the age of 21 where he founded the world's first fashion house - the House of Worth.

Charles Worth became known as the Father of Haute Couture
Charles Worth became known as the Father of Haute Couture

There will be a maximum of 10 contestants for the non-profit-making event which is being run by Wake House and the town's Gather ‘N’ Sew shop.

Entry is £25 which covers the cost of a pattern, up to 3m of fabric and other items such as zips, and thread.

Contestants will be asked to make one garment of their choice on the theme of Paris, and will need to bring their own sewing machine and tools.

Charles Worth was born at Wake House and later moved to Paris to launch his fashion career
Charles Worth was born at Wake House and later moved to Paris to launch his fashion career

Spot prizes will be awarded throughout the day, and the winner will receive a hamper filled with £100 of sewing goodies.

An exhibition charting Charles Worth's life will also be open.

Visit www.gathernsew.co.uk and click on Workshops for details.

The blue plaque at Wake House, put up in his honour
The blue plaque at Wake House, put up in his honour


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