The Thrifty Stitcher is run by Claire-Louise Hardie a respected UK sewing expert and the first, original Sewing Producer & Mastermind for The Great British Sewing Bee( Series 1-4). She offers online sewing classes for absolute beginners and aspiring DIY dressmakers.
In 2020 after gaining a Masters from London College of fashion in digital pattern technology, Claire-Louise launched a monthly online sewing club ” Elevate your Sewing” and has produced over 200 video dressmaking lessons for the membership library, which is where she is delivering her best work
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-
ITV:The RSC:The Royal National Theatre:BBC: 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``
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, as well as working part time on Good Morning Britain in the Wardrobe team
Her first book: ``The Great British Sewing Bee- Fashion with Fabric`` won best sewing book 2015 in the British Sewing Awards. The book accompanied the third series of the hit TV show
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’ was on display at the V&A from 27 May 2017 until 18 February 2018