Meet the Team

The Thrifty Stitcher offers friendly sewing classes for aspiring DIY seamstresses and crafters. This small school in Stoke Newington is organised and run by Claire-Louise Hardie, Sewing Producer for the BBC 2 show “The Great British Sewing Bee” and an experienced Theatrical costumier

Claire-Louise Hardie – Founder & Teacher

Companies i've worked for

Claire-Louise Hardie
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, and also worked as a ” Costume Daily” for Film and TV.
In 2009 Claire-Louise began teaching sewing in Stoke Newington and through her teaching has regained a love of dressmaking for herself.

Most recently Claire-Louise has combined her teaching and costume work with consultant work 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

Touring shows

Rosie Smith- Teacher

Rosie is Claire-Louise’s right hand woman, and teaches some of the beginner classes and  dressmaking classes.

Rosie SmithRosie 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

Rosie has a passion for creating a perfect fit every time, not only to every size and shape but also to every personality. Combining her training in period clothing and her own passion for the alternative and quirky to create unusual and unique pieces every time..


Watch this video to discover how just a few sewing skills will help you transform your wardrobe

Want to know what it’s like to work backstage in London’s West End? Watch this day in the life of a Wardrobe Department on Million Dollar Quartet

Think of a sewing art you fancy learning and we”ll know a person who does it!

We de-mystify the art of sewing, and want to show you how easy it really is to make wonderful things!

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