Wearing my 1895 walking skirt at the St Pancras Hotel, London. Photo (c) Bernadette Banner


Cathy Hay is the founder of the award-winning sewing community Foundations Revealed, which helps dressmakers to connect, learn together, and realise their most ambitious sewing dreams.

With a weakness for old clothes – VERY old clothes – she loves to reverse engineer and recreate the clothing of the past, so that it can step out of the glass museum case and live again.

It’s about championing mental health, creativity, and a level of craftsmanship that doesn’t have to be lost in the past.

Cathy belongs both in England and in northern California, suspended between two worlds in more ways than one.


Image by Bernadette Banner
Photographed at the glorious St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London