The Thrifty Stitcher offers friendly sewing classes for aspiring DIY seamstresses and crafters. This small school in Stoke Newington is run by Claire-Louise Hardie, Sewing Guru for the BBC 2 show “The Great British Sewing Bee” and an experienced Theatrical Costumier
Claire-Louise Hardie – Founder & Teacher
Most recently Claire-Louise has combined her teaching and costume skills with her work as the Sewing Guru on BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee’
Whilst touring the world with the Royal Shakespeare Company,Claire-louise pressed togas for Sir Patrick Stewart, fixed trousers for Sir Ian McKellen and re-hemmed frocks for Vanessa Redgrave
Sophie teaches some of the beginner classes and the appliqué classes. Sophie was inspired at very young age by her Mum and Grandma to sew and be creative. She studied printed textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University and after various creative jobs is am now devoting more and more time to her business Sew far Sew Good
Melissa teaches the Knit fabric dressmaking courses. A self taught seamstress who is crazy about running, Melissa launched her own range of exercise patterns in 2013. Melissa loves all things stretch, and particularly enjoys de-nystifying sewing with knit fabric and using an overlocker. She Blogs about her adventures in dressmaking over on Fehr Trade
Rosie teaches some of the beginner classes and dressmaking classes.Rosie trained as a costume maker at the Bournemouth Arts Institute. After graduating she has worked in wardrobe departments on several smash hit west end shows, including Arcadia, The Railway Children and The audience. Since leaving the theatre life she has being working in london as a dress maker and alterations specialist in her own business Night Feather Designs
Watch this video to discover how just a few sewing skills will help you transform your wardrobe
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We de-mystify the art of sewing, and want to show you how easy it really is to make wonderful things!