THE fashionista first past the post this year in the race to be crowned best dressed at the Leger had even more reason to celebrate as she made the outfit herself.
Leesa Smickersgill’s striking full length black and silver checked dress with matching fascinator wowed judges at the St Leger Festival Ladies’ Day event.
Leesa, 43, who set up her fascinator making business; Fascinating Creations with business partner Debby Gilliat, a year ago, said: “I didn’t expect to win at all it was a real shock, I never win anything, I can’t even win a raffle.
“I did feel really nice in the dress and it’s lovely that the judges obviously thought I looked nice in it too.
“The dress only cost me £50 to make so it just shows you don’t have to spend a fortune.”
The designer will now be travelling in style behind the wheel of a Mini Cooper convertible that she has the use of for 12 months as part of her prize.
“I can’t wait to get the car, I’ve got an old banger at the minute so it’ll be lovely, even though I only usually go as far as the supermarket and back.”
As well as the car Leesa also bagged an overnight stay at the Crown Hotel in Bawtry, a year’s gym membership, a champagne spa day and £50 of betting vouchers courtesy of Totepool.
And Leesa, of Barnby Dun had even more reason to celebrate after scopping second place in the Grand Finale to find the ‘Best Dressed Lady Racegoer in Yorkshire’.
Leesa, who is mum to Ruby, five, Jack, nine and 14-year-old Ben, is hoping the win will help her career take off.
“I only started making fascinators about a year ago after taking a course because another company couldn’t make me the design I wanted.
“I saw a lot of ladies with my fascinators on during the day, it’s an amazing feeling to walk around the course and see so many of my creations being worn,”
Contact Leesa about making a fascinator on 07846 187 692.