The Thrifty Stitcher is run by Claire-Louise Hardie, Sewing Producer & Mastermind for The Great British Sewing Bee. She offers bespoke, small sized, friendly sewing classes for aspiring DIY seamstresses in Stoke Newington North London. In her spare time Claire-louise is undertaking a Masters Degree at London College of Fashion!
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Originally trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Claire-Louise has worked in all aspects of Costume for Theatre, Film and TV with an impressive CV of employers that includes-
The RSC:The Royal National Theatre:Regent’s Park open air Theatre and “The Audience” with Dame Helen Mirren.
Her diverse professional experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Sewing Producer for TV's ``Great British Sewing Bee`` A role she's done since 2012 when the show was first developed.
In 2009 Claire-Louise began teaching sewing in Stoke Newington and through her teaching has regained a love of dressmaking for herself.
When not teaching at The Thrifty Studio she's also a Love sewing Magazine columnist: A Sewing Bee Author, and the occasional guest presenter on Create and Craft TV
Her first book: ``The Great British Sewing Bee- Fashion with Fabric`` was a best seller in 2015, winning Best sewing book 2015 in the British Sewing Awards. The book accompanied the third series of the hit TV show
Want to see some of Claire-Louise’s Masters research? Check out her contribution to the V and A’s “Shaping Fashion” exhibition. A truly once in a lifetime experience!
Known as ‘The Master’ of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga produced some of the most influential designs in the history of modern fashion. The V & A invited students from the London College of Fashion to investigate iconic garments by Balenciaga, deconstructing his processes and revealing secrets of their making and construction using digital pattern-cutting technology.
‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ is on display at the V&A from 27 May 2017 until 18 February 2018
Curious about what it’s like to work backstage on a West End show? Watch Claire-Louise’s “Day in the life of a Wardrobe Mistress”
Watch this video to discover how becoming a teacher re-ignited my passion for sewing for myself, plus a sneaky peek inside my sewing studio!