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Thelma's profile is to be boosted further this year with a new television series, also for Channel 4, this time with the dressmaker and her team as the focus. There are murmurings that it may involve her taking on Traveller girls as apprentice dressmakers, but she won't divulge details. Thelma is a well-trusted associate of Britain and Ireland's Travelling communities, and so TV producers had been trying to get her on board for some time before the show was.
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She has been running her business, Nico, since Before that, she had a stall at Paddy's Market in Liverpool, where she sold christening and communion outfits. Her shop in the city centre is the face of the business and the first point of call for customers. I meet her in her workshop, in a small industrial estate nearby.
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And anyway, she says, there is the issue of client confidentiality, and each order she does is different.
Thelma grew up in Croxteth in the s with her older brother, Tom. Her father worked in engineering, her mother in a factory canteen, in other catering jobs and in a bar at weekends. After leaving school, she worked with her mother doing wedding catering and, inspired by the hotels and decoration of the events she attended, began to plan her.
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Kenny's business was successful and they had a nice life, "big house, Rolls-Royce". With her husband's backing and her Absolute escorts Harrogate help, Thelma set up her own chain of children's clothing shops, Madine's Miniatures. It wasn't until she started deing communion dresses that Thelma started on the path that led her to where she is.
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A few years later, Thelma's business began to disintegrate, as did her marriage.
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She set up a stall in Paddy's Market, still selling communion outfits, but now specialising in christening outfits for girls.
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Thelma's stall became something of a meeting point for Travellers as they passed through, placing orders and catching up on other families' news. At the end ofone of the Traveller women who had begun to frequent her stall and who had become a friend, Gypsy Mary, asked Thelma to make a wedding dress for one of her Passions mens club in Stockport. She had requested that South Croydon county star online have a 30ft train, but two weeks later requested an alteration: "It's got to be ft now, so that it is bigger than her cousin's.
She got married African prostitution in Bury week and her train was ft," Mary explained. With business ticking away nicely, still focused on childrenswear, Thelma's life was by now on an even keel. She opened Nico inwhile keeping up the Paddy's stall on Saturdays, as this was still the heart of the business.
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She was also settled with a new partner, Dave Armstrong; they are still together and have a daughter. She had started thinking about picking up the idea of making wedding dresses.
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The dress fitted the girl's brief exactly and weighed 21 stone. The local press heard about it and the photographs made their way on to the internet and Thelma's phone rang off the Gypsy white Wigan dresses as the media tried to talk to her and, more importantly, the bride. But the bride asked Thelma to speak to. Thelma was called by Jenny Popplewell, a producer with Firecracker Films, every month for a year until she finally gave in and agreed for Jenny to start filming for the documentary.
Nico has a constant stream of orders for wedding dresses, which are usually accompanied by orders for an average of 14 bridesmaids' dresses.
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Plans are underway to move into a much bigger workshop, and Thelma says that this may persuade her to upscale production to include party, wedding, communion and engagement dresses. Thelma Pakistani chat free in United Kingdom to make bespoke dresses for local girls and the odd footballer's wife type, but she says she much prefers working with Travellers.
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