Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Barnsley Business Blog: YouNique Dress

Barnsley is full of fabulous and unique business’, people who are dedicated to giving their customers the best in customer services that they can. I try and only recommend business’ who can offer the same to other people that I try and offer to my clients.

On the blog this time we have Donna from YouNique Dress, a fabulous Barnsley Dressmaker.

Background Information

Donna work’s a little different from most dressmakers, and not just locally either. She can design a picture and make a dress from a picture in her head - not a pattern. Donna designs and creates anything for special occasions. 

Donna has been designing and making special occasion wear for over 25-years after learning to sew from her Nannan. Donna’s Nan came from a long line of seamstresses and tayloresses and her aunts are listed as seamstresses in the census of 1890. So you could say to design, create and sew is definitely in her blood!

YouNique started on a part-time business basis last year after Donna’s hours were cut at work. She had time going spare and she loves sewing. Setting up face book her past clients could get in contact with her easily for special items now. Using social media Donna posted pictures of the items she had made for herself and her granddaughter and that’s how the orders started flooding in and the YouNique Facebook page was then born.


The Work at YouNique

Donna specialises in special occasion wear or that unique design that you are wanting. Her enquiries tend to come from people who have an idea of what they want but they don’t seem to be able to get it to fit perfectly.

For Instance: Say a Mother of the Bride is a trendy size 20 but cannot find anything that doesn’t make her look like she’s wearing a tent. This is where Donna comes in! Or a girl who is looking for a Prom Dress but she is large chested which means she has to order a size 18 and then have the shape entirely altered to fit the waist, generally ruining the entire style of the dress.

Donna also makes stage costumes, recently just completing a design for the Circus that came to town but also for tribute acts. In her designs Donna aims to create unique items, however for tribute acts looking at details and getting items finished as close as possible to the real thing and getting the details spot on just makes them better.

One of her loves however is making children’s clothes, as well as the stage costumes and bridal wear. Donna will make unique designs of ladies fashion per specific order, but tends not to make too much generic ladies fashion as the local market is saturated with other designers offering this already. So Donna’s clients are your special occasion and unique designs.

Donna has just recently made YouNique her full-time job after working part-time but sewing until 11pm every-night and not having much personal and family time. This then means that she has more time to sew and create the special occasion wear but has more time to be a Mum, Wife and Grandma to the rest of her family.

Donna has dreamed of creating special dresses’ and costumes since she was a little girl, but has always put her family first and earned a wage to pay the bills. And now has come the time where it is right to take the risk to create the life and dream she has always had.

One of Blue Lights Photography's Bride's Nicola had a Dress made by YouNique

Moving Forward

YouNique is currently run from Donna’s home in Kendray, but in the future she would love to have her own shop where she can show away her dresses, a behind the scenes unit with her machines and even possibly a few off the peg things available to purchase. 

To find out more about Donna and what she can offer to you, you can contact her on her website www.youinque.co.uk and will be able to find her on Yell.com for any sewing requirement in South Yorkshire.

You can also view her photographs on both her personal face book profile and her face book business page  

You may not find any of her cards anywhere as most of the work she does is recommendations, face book and word of mouth, so whether you are getting married, or off to a fabulous black-tie event, then pop along to see her fabulous designs! You will NOT be disappointed!

One of YouNique's new fifties style rose print dress with built in cotton petticoat and net ruffles and organza sash. Children's from £24.99-£35.99 contact for Adult Sizes and Prices.

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