Portia Lawrie is a predominantly self-taught dressmaker and designer with a particular focus on reusing unwanted textiles. She has been writing about sewing since 2010, on her social media and her website: www.portialawrie.co.uk
Portia is the founder/creator of The Refashioners, an annual sewing event that launched in 2011 and ran until 2019. Its aim was to challenge the global sewing community to look at old clothes in a new light, and provide inspiration and tutorials (and often a huge competition prize) to encourage participation and get this message across.
Portia has been a contributor to Simply Sewing magazine since its launch in 2015, designing and writing reader tutorials for a mix of refashioning, pattern hacks and patternless projects. She was awarded Dressmaker magazine’s Dressmaker of the Year in 2017. Winning with a quilted denim coat made from unwanted jeans.
She lives in rural Essex, UK, with her partner and teenage son, working from a cabin at the bottom of the garden.
Portia's first book The Re:Fashion Wardrobe will publish in March 2023 with Searchpress.