Pam Street – Seamstress

Pam started work in January 1963 as an apprentice curtain maker for Haynes in Ashtead. She recalls her first jobs were machining up linings and interlinings.

Haynes were a specialist workroom and over the years she learned skills such as hand-sewn pencil pleat headings (no tape) and cutting and making swags & tails from scratch. They also made buckram pelmets in-house and plenty of frilled covers for kidney-shaped dressing tables.

Pam was the first seamstress to join Idolum in 2001 and she keeps the younger girls on their toes. What she doesn’t know about soft furnishings quite simply isn’t worth knowing.

Hobbies Theatre, reading, walking and travelling

Hates Austrian blinds

Loves pinch pleats