“Christabelle please tell me what is preying on your thoughts today? You seemed distracted since you came back from visiting a client”
“Dearest mother it is nothing much, time will tell if Mrs Gladstone passes my name in her circles as a dressmaker, she seemed quite pleased with the outcome of her dress, she loved the style with the lace around the neckline, and the full length skirting that would not drag on the ground getting muddy or dirty. But she seemed to be hesitant, not sure or certain that I could fulfil the amount of work on my own here within our cottage, and she also said maybe I need more help especially with the amount of clients that she would recommend me to. Oh mother what do I do? I really would like to be a successful dress maker more than anything else, but she is right in what she is saying. There is no way that I can afford to take on an extra pair of hands, also there is no room here to do it all. Father is home early most days and he does what he can and when he can, but we cannot expect him to do what we womenfolk do can we?
“Christabelle stop fretting my child. I have been thinking about this for a very long time now. There is a way around this. I know and realise that we do not have sufficient space within the cottage, but look outside there is a small stoned flat roofed building that is not in use, father keeps it for his tools I am sure that he could easily make some space for you in there. He could make you a table, a chair to sit on, shelves for all you materials. There is plenty of light that comes through that great tall and wide window; curtains can be easily made for privacy and keep the chill out too. So do not fret leave it with me and I will have words with father”
“But what of the workload mother there is much to do and coming my way hopefully”
“Christabelle have you forgotten I am here to help as and when I can, there is manier helping hand around the village who would be willing also to help you out and then if the clientele builds up then you can afford a seamstress pay them a decent wage. Go and find out what they actually do, some may be good shirt makers, my worried child you can see what I mean now, the load is not so burdensome, smile you will see. Now let’s not fret we have a long, long day ahead of us”