We are a creative sewing studio based in the heart of Waterloo, London and just a stone’s throw away from the quirky shops and cafes of Lower Marsh and the buzzing Southbank.
Our mission at Sew It With Love is to bring the forgotten art of sewing and ‘Make, Do & Mend’ back into the home.
Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate sewer who has tried their hand at a few sewing projects and wants to improve and further your sewing skills, here you will find a selection of sewing classes suitable for different abilities and preferences.
We must admit…here at Sew It With Love we have a real passion for vintage dressmaking, garment up-cycling and customising and offer a selection of vintage garment sewing courses such as, the popular Fifties Circle Dress, the Classic Pencil Skirt and the timeless Cigarette/Capri Pants.
However, we are aware that vintage clothing style is not everyone’s cup of tea, so we made sure we’d offer a selection of more classic, staple garments, as well as on trend designs, so everyone is happy!
Here at Sew It With Love we are also passionate about helping reduce textile waste and contributing to a world where people make the most of what they buy and have or re-use what’s no longer needed by someone else…just like our mothers and grandmothers used to do! In our garment up-cycling and alterations classes, you will be able to turn that item you no longer like or that no longer fits you, into something new, exciting and unique that you’ll be proud to wear. Whatever sewing skills you may want to learn, we look forward to helping your sewing dream come true!
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Who we are
Vanessa has over 30 years experience in the fashion industry, having worked both as a bespoke dressmaker and patterncutter and in ready to wear production runs, as well as run her own childrenswear design and production company. She is also a qualified tutor.
Having graduated with a BA Fashion Design Womenswear from Ravensbourne College, Laetitia has several years experience working as a freelance pattern cutter and sample maker for both high profile high-street design labels such as Loaded (Asos’ main supplier) and various independent designers, as well as working as a bespoke dressmaker and producing off-off pieces for local boutiques around Bricklane which have often been featured in various magazines’ fashion editorials.
Rehana graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fashion Design. It was alongside her studies where she honed her skills at fashion companies including All Saints, Matthew Williamson, Preen, Margaret Howell and Ozwald Boateng and during a spell at Savile Row where Rehana’s interest and skills in tailoring and pattern cutting really developed, parallel to her design abilities. She has since worked as a Designer for various London based fashion labels as well as working as a dressmaking tutor both here and in Africa, where she was involved in empowerment projects teaching dressmaking. Rehana continues to freelance as a Designer and Tutor and thoroughly enjoys being hands on and sharing her love of sewing and pattern cutting with others.
Upcycling & Alterations Tutor
Alex has been sewing for 6 years, but has been playing with alterations and refashioning for much much longer. You may have seen her in the last series of The Great British Sewing Bee on which she was a contestant and remember her for her much talked about pink tutu skirt alteration challenge and her cupcake costume. Alex is very passionate about sustainable fashion, her mission being making sure no garment lingers in the back of the wardrobe or goes to landfill believing that with a little bit of sewing love anything can be given a new lease of life. Alex writes about her sewing pursuits and sustainable fashion on her successful sewing and refashioning blog www.sewrendipity.com
Blog Contributor and Pattern Consultant
Linda is the newest addition to our team working on a series of very informative blog posts and testing and tweaking our patterns. She has been working in the fashion industry for 30 years and her impressive CV includes a BA in fashion from Edinburgh College of Art, a role as girls and ladies wear designer/pattern cutter for a Marks & Spencer supplier, 20 years of teaching pattern cutting at Edinburgh College of Art, as well as cutting patterns and making samples for independent fashion designers. Linda is extremely passionate about refashioning and records all her the amazing upcycled creations on her wonderful blog Remake Remodel Recycle.
Claire has over 30 years bespoke dressmaking experience including bridal and evening wear as well as bra making. She also has over 7 years experience as a sewing tutor including teaching workshops at shows such as The Knitting & Stitching Show.