Teachers at Sew In Brighton

We have a team of fun & friendly sewing & dressmaker teachers, all of whom have worked as fashion designers, pattern cutters, theatrical costume makers or tailors.

Kat Neeser - Sew In Brighton sewing school owner and teacher

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.

"I enjoyed learning how to alter a pattern and how to sew from scratch. Kat gave clear instructions and was always there to help"  Amy Getty, Bexhill-On-Sea

"The class was great - Kat was so helpful & friendly and gave many suggestions as to what to make" Charlotte Fay, Bristol

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.

"I enjoyed learning how to make a pattern in the Replicate Your Clothes class - Jo was very patient and explained everything clearly". Dionne Wheeler, Hove

"The class has given me the confidence to have a go! Jo was friendly and approachable". Tricia Harvey, Telscombe Cliffs

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. 

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

Anna Blencoe

Anna has worked in the Fashion industry since she graduated from Central St.
Martins with an MA in Womenswear. She has worked as a designer for Plein
Sud in Paris and London and Top Shop design and has experience in all aspects of the design and making process. 

Anna also works as a freelance textile designer, selling her work through Atom Designs London.  Anna is an enthusiastic and experienced teacher with a PGCE from the University of Brighton and has been teaching Sewing and Dressmaking in and around Brighton for the last 6 years.  

Anna teaches Stitch Classes & other workshops for Sew In Brighton


Laura Cole

Laura Cole taught Textiles at Varndean School in Brighton for 12 years before becoming a self-employed textiles/sewing/dressmaking teacher and bag maker again, selling her upcycled designs at Craft Fairs such as Craftaganza and North Laine fashion shop Appendage in Brighton.

Laura has a degree in 3D 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. She has also worked for a brighton studio that made costumes for film and theatre.  Laura makes and customises many of her own clothes, and teaches dressmaking in both paid and charity volunteer positions across Brighton & Hove.  See Laura's makes on Instagram @one.off.brighton

"In my class with Laura, I learned exactly what I needed to produce a pattern from my garment. Laura was very helpful and knowledgeable". Sarah, Brighton

"Best class I've done, time flew by and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Laura was patient and explained things easily". Helen Stafford, Hove


Hannah Evans

Hannah has spent the majority of her career sewing in some capacity. She has been making & doing for as long as she can remember.

Trained in soft furnishing production, as well as pattern making & garment construction, Hannah’s most recent professional life has spanned the extremes of commercial aircraft interior design to designing & making Bellydance costuming for a recent national touring production.

Hannah currently freelances, making home furnishings, special event clothing, costuming, tailoring, altering, & up cycling.

She has a passion for vintage & still diversifies greatly in her two current roles of production for a colourful local festival wear label & design for local office furniture brand helping them develop for the current resimercial trend.

Susan Bates, knitting and crochet teacher - lessons at Sew In Brighton, East Sussex

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

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

"I learned how to use a sewing machine and I loved the cushion I made in the Ultimate Beginners Sewing Day class. Jac was very friendly, approachable and patient - she made time for all her students"  - Karen Harrington, Portslade

“I loved the day! I learnt about the sewing machine and I liked the step by step approach. – Jac was very friendly, very helpful, welcoming and patient!” Penny Greenfield, Steyning

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