As part of a new series, we ask your favourite pinups, models and designers all the questions you wish you could ask yourself. This week it's multi-talented burlesque performer, wedding dress designer and model Velvet Jones!
Sophia Brown aka Velvet Jones
Dressmaker, Pattern cutter, Teacher, Burlesque dancer and Model.
Describe your style in five words:
Quirky, feminine, comfortable, vintage, colourful
What is your favourite piece in your wardrobe, why do you love it and where did you get it?
My favourite piece has to be my Vivien of Holloway swing trousers. They are so comfortable and they really accentuate the waist. I get so many compliments when wearing them- I just love them!
If you could borrow anyone’s wardrobe (living or dead) who’s would it be?
Marilyn Monroe's outfits in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
What’s the one thing you wouldn’t leave the house without doing?
Checking if I have my keys.
What’s your top tip for feeling confident?
Not to compare yourself to others and appreciate yourself for the fabulous queen that you are!
What’s the last book you read ?
I'm so busy I don't have time to read but I listen to audio books whist I'm working. My last book was Cows by Dawn O Porter. The book before that was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. That's my favourite book this year, its a really inspiring read!
What’s your favourite song, band or piece of music?
My favourite song is "All This Love That I'm Givin'" by Gwen Mc Crae; it's my getting-ready-to-go-out song!
What three things could you not live without?
My glasses, eye brow pencil and blusher
Modelling a wedding dress from her own line, Sophia Brown London. Image by Veronika Marx
What's your biggest achievement to date?
My biggest achievement would be quitting my full time job in March to pursue my dream and running my bespoke bridal studio Sophia Brown London. I wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do or if I could even make a living from it, but I just took a leap of faith. Sometimes you just have to. Since leaving my job I've worked with so many wonderful brides and created their dream dresses as well as creating the most amazing costumes for burlesque artists.
I've also started up a sewing school (Sew Pretty Happy) and regularly teach private sewing lessons. This is my biggest passion because I love teaching - seeing the joy and the sense of achievement in my students when they accomplish something makes my my soul smile!
As burlesque artist Velvet Jones, my biggest achievement would be becoming a resident performer at Proud Cabaret! It's been a big dream of mine for many years and I'm so happy to be part of the Proud family!
What do you still want to achieve before the end of the year?
Finish all my current orders and so I can have a well deserved break during Christmas! Next year I would love to speak at events, schools and colleges about what I do. I want my sewing school to grow and be in a position to move premises. I want to perform abroad and model more.
Wild night out or cosy night in?
Cosy night in.
Naughty French martini or green tea goodness?
Dressed up or dressed down?
Skirts or trousers?
Introvert or extrovert?
Comedy or thriller?
Call or text?
Truth or dare?
True vintage or brand spanking new?
If I could change the world in one way I would. . .
Make good manners be a law. Manners cost nothing.
What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
I was very shy and quiet growing up. I would tell my 15 year old self not be so concerned about what everyone thinks about you. Just be happy being you.
I am happiest when. . .
I'm snuggled in bed with my little doggie Daisy watching a box set. I'm really into Queen Sugar at the moment.
What’s your favourite What Katie Did piece?
The 1930s Black Satin Lounging Pyjama set.