Building lives, one stitch at a time

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Venessa Versfeld owner and founder of You Sew girl and V-models SA. PHOTO: Supplied

Originally starting out as a means for an extra income, aside from her full-time job, Venessa Versfeld never imagined how her sewing business would grow. Born and bred in Bloemfontein, 47-year-old Versfeld offers sewing classes to help individuals acquire a new life skill.

Her post matric studies included not only make up artistry and hairdressing, but also a Diploma in fashion design, garment construction, tailoring and pattern design.

You Sew Girl classes in progress. PHOTO: Supplied

The classes cater for individuals from all walks of life but most importantly focus on training and developing those struggling to support their families or dependants, into self-sufficient individuals armed with a new life skill. Students are trained to manufacture a variety of items. They’re not simply bound to one project at a time, thus opening up various avenues and options for each individual.

“Coming from a strong stock of women, I can say that life’s little knocks not only provided valuable lessons but most certainly always prepare you for your life’s journey,” says Versfeld.

Her advice on running one’s own business: “Respect for others – whether towards staff or customers – does not cost a cent but goes a long way as a business is only as strong as the staff running it and the customers supporting it.”

In future, Versfeld plans to take part in training and developing the unemployed/financially struggling, into empowered individuals with skills equipping them for their own business ventures, through her business.

For more information, visit You Sew Girl on Facebook and Instagram

Bonolo Moloi
bonolo@centralmediagroup.co.za