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.

Kat teaches Replicate Your Clothes workshop, Kimono Robe SewingKnicker MakingSew a CoatiganStitch ClassesHen Parties, and 1-2-1 lessons - she specialises in garment fitting and adjusting patterns to fit.

"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.

Jo teaches the Kimono Robe Sewing WorkshopTailored Jacket making courseReplicate Your Clothes, Raglan Satin Front Tee, Cardigan: Sewing with Knits and our Stitch classes at the weekends as well as 1-2-1 lessons!

"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

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 Ultimate Aboslute Beginner's Sewing DayHen Parties plus our 1-2-1 lessons in learning to sew, fancy dress costumes and dressmaking.

"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

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 on Instagram here or selling at Appendage in Kensington Gardens.

Laura teaches Stitch ClassesSew a Rucksack workshopReplicate Your ClothesSew a CoatiganKimono Robe Sewing WorkshopUltimate Aboslute Beginner's Sewing Day, Raglan Satin Front TeeCardigan: Sewing with Knits, Hen Parties, Kimono Jacket and  1-2-1 lessons.

"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

 

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. 

Carrie teaches our Overlocking workshopsAltering Existing ClothesKimono Robe Sewing Workshop plus 1-2-1's in Alterations & Overlocking

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, Fareham

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 Replicate Your Clothes, Kimono Robe Sewing WorkshopAltering Existing ClothesStitch Classes and 1-2-1 lessons (specialising in Wedding Dresses) 

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

Vanessa - sewing teacher at Sew In Brighton sewing school

Vanessa Newman

Vanessa has 20+ years alterations experience and 30+ years sewing. Not only technically skilled but has a good eye for detail, what flatters and suits, And as a fashion historian can advise on vintage styling too. Based in Newhaven she offers Alterations and Repairs under the name 'The Cycling Seamstress'. Follow her on Instagram under this name!

Vanessa teaches Hen Parties,  The Ultimate Beginners Sewing Day, Stitch Classes and 1-2-1 lessons

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

Susan Bates

Susanhas 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

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 partieschildren's parties, and hand and free-machine embroidery 1-2-1 lessons