Teachers at Sew In Brighton


Kat Neeser  

Sew in Brighton owner and teacher Kat Neeser (above) has 33 years experience of design, sewing and pattern cutting. She has been sewing since she was a child and ran her own fashion label, Wit & Wisdom - including a clothing production unit, retail shop and international wholesale business - in London for 9 years during the 90's. She has been teaching sewing and pattern cutting in Brighton since 2008 and runs Sew In Brighton from The Sewing Lounge in Hove, East Sussex.

Kat teaches Replicate Your Clothes workshop, Easy-to-make Slouchy Summer Trousers or Shorts, Understanding Sewing PatternsStitch Classes, Hen Parties, and 1-2-1 lessons - she specialises in garment fitting and adjusting patterns to fit.
Jac Oliver
Jac has been  a 'crafty' all her life, working in metal, ceramics and textiles. She makes a variety of hand crafted items to commission including fancydress outfits. Her current work includes bespoke handbags for a local designer and regular production for a selection of Brighton businesses. She has taught sewing workshops with Kat since 2009. Some of her creations can be viewed at www.craftyjac.com
Jac teaches our Learn to Use a Sewing Machine courses, Ultimate Aboslute Beginner's Sewing DayHen Parties plus our 1-2-1 lessons in learning to sew, fancy dress costumes and dressmaking

Ricky Clark-Monks 

Richard Clark-Monks graduated from Middlesex University in 2002 with a BA Fashion Hons. He started his own small label r.c-m. and now creates one-off pieces to commission, as well as sewing samples for local fashion designers and selling items in his Etsy shop. He specialises in pattern cutting and digital printing and runs himself up a nice selection of shirts!

Ricky teaches Learn to Use a Sewing Machine, Basic Dressmaking Techniques workshop, Stitch Classes and 1-2-1 lessons, specialising in dressmaking and pattern cutting



Laura Cole

Laura Cole taught Textiles at Varndean School in Brighton for 12 years and recently resigned from that job to become a self-employed bag maker again, selling her upcycled designs at Craft Fairs such as Craftaganza in Brighton. She has a degree in 3 D design from Brighton Uni.  She has also worked for the Brighton Pavilion restoring Queen Victoria's bed and drapes and made costumes for film and stage. Her current work can be viewed at lauraoneoff.wix.com/brightonbags or selling at Appendage in Kensington Gardens.

Laura teaches Learn to Use a Sewing Machine, Stitch Classes on Thursday evenings,  Freestyle Machine Embroidery, Applique & Decorative Stitches, Sewing with OilclothPatchwork, Quilting & Applique, Hen Parties and 1-2-1 lessons.

carrie white

Carrie White

Carrie has been sewing for over 10 years and has a BA (1st Hons) degree in Costume Production from Rose Bruford College. 
As well as teaching she works as a professional seamstress specialising in wedding dresses and special occasion wear. She also manages the costume (cosplay) events for MCM Comic Con.
Her expertise includes dressmaking, costume making, alterations and pattern cutting. 
Visit Carrie's website at www.carriemonster.co.uk

"Carrie was lovely - friendly, knowledgeable and approachable - and taught the skills well. She dealt with everyone's needs well even the wobbles!"  Wendy Hobbs, Nurse, Bexhill

"An excellent tutor - I learnt everything I needed to know to give me confidence to start working with my new overlocker. Carrie is certainly a good and fun instructor, and the day was good value." Rosey Mills, Nurse, Fareham

"I really enjoyed the Love Your Overlocker Workshop - the teacher was very good and explained things clearly and in a logical progression from basics through to techniques."  Jane Dean, Peacehaven 

Carrie teaches our Overlocking workshops, Altering Existing Clothes, Sew Challenging Fabrics with Confidence plus 1-2-1's in Alterations & Overlocking


Susan Bates

Susan has published many books on cross stitching and designs cross stitch patterns for craft magazines on a regular basis. She also designs kits for thread manufacturer DMC Creative World.

Susan teaches all levels of knitting, crochet, crosstitch and needlepoint in 1-2-1 lessons.  She also teaches some of our Hen Parties







Melanie Roberts

After a degree from Brighton University, and a City and Guilds in Fashion, Melanie has worked as a self employed dressmaker since 1998, starting with designing and making clothes for herself and friends. She has made anything from coats and suits, to wedding dresses, evening wear, casual wear and kids clothes. She also does alterations, curtains, blinds and cushions. She works from home, where she sees clients for measuring, fittings, and free advice and consultations. She she teaches Stitch Classes, 1-2-1 lessons (specialising in Wedding Dresses) and our Sewing with Silks, Sheer Fabric + Lace Trims course.

See website and Facebook for lots of pics of her work…
Website - melrobertsdressmaker.com Facebook - Melanie Roberts Dressmaker.


Charlotte Lovell

Charlotte graduated in 2005 with a 1st class degree in BA (hons) Costume Interpretation, from Wimbledon School of Art. Since then she has worked as a Costumier for theatre and film specialising in period women's costume. Charlotte has been teaching sewing lessons on top of her Costume work for the last 3 years and loves to encourage others in making beautiful things. 

Charlotte teaches 1-2-1 lessons in Costume, Corsetry and Industrial sewing machine use

Anna Liversidge
Anna is a textile artist who has always been happiest working with her hands and making things. She says
Embroidery for me is like alchemy – mesmerising and enticing. Its possibilities are endless and after twenty years I am still enamoured with it. I love to combine hand and machine stitching. The slow, therapeutic quality of hand sewing is a contrast to the speed and excitement possible with my trusty Bernina
She has worked as a children's t shirt designer, currently runs a children's sewing club at a local school and joins Shoreham Art Gallery as an exhibiting artist this month. Her website is www.annaliversidge.co.uk
Anna teaches hen parties, children's parties, and hand and free-machine embroidery 1-2-1 lessons

Ellika Svensson

Ellika is a professionally trained a pattern cutter and designer. She currently works at Ted Baker in London. Prior to that she was a designer and pattern cutter for a high end brand specialising in leather and fur - which is where she learnt the tricks of this specialist skill, which she is looking forward to passing on to you! She has previously taught our Sewing with Leather workshop which we may bring back in the future and which can be currently covered on request in 1-2-1 lessons or Stitch Classes with Kat (see top)


Jo Bunner

Jo began her working career in the fashion industry after studying at The London College of Fashion. Her pleasure and enjoyment of clothes after ten years designing and pattern cutting ladies outerwear – coats, suits and jackets – stayed strong in her despite her change of direction into the conservation and environment field following her attainment of a BSc and MSc.

Jo feels she has now come full circle having recently become self-employed as a personal Image Consultant. She is aligning her passion for and knowledge of clothes with her commitment to the environment by championing a reuse, recycle and reinvent ethos, something she terms EcoFabulous! You can find her at www.goodclothes.co.uk.

Jo teaches the Tailored jacket making courseReplicate Your Clothes workshop, Style Confidence: Dress For Your ShapeLearn to Use a Sewing Machine course, Drum LampshadeBasic Dressmaking Techniques, Bra Making For Beginners and our Stitch classes at the weekends as well as 1-2-1 lessons!



Lisa Falconer from The Avid Seamstress

Lisa is a self-taught seamstress having fallen in-love with sewing when she was very young. Lisa has a true passion for the skill of sewing and always teaches her students to slow down and enjoy the entire process. 

Lisa launched her own range of sewing patterns in November 2015 which have been receiving great reviews due to their simple yet beautiful styles, especially aimed at beginners. Her vision was to create a portfolio of sewing patterns with unfussy details and clear, easy to understand instructions that you will fall in love with. Her instruction booklets take you on the journey of sewing one of her patterns and truly teach you the incredible art of sewing. 

Lisa shares her knowledge and love for sewing through her popular blog www.theavidseamstress.com and loves nothing more than seeing a new seamstress enjoying her new found sewing skills. 

Lisa taught our Dress In a Weekend workshops in 2017