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.

"I've been delegated by the group to say a massive thank you, through you, to Mel. All four of us had a lovely morning with her. She was brilliant. It was such a nice group and we really gelled. It was great morning. Thank you very much - please do pass feedback on." Sally, Brighton

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

Nancy Tulley

Nancy studied knitted textiles at Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 2017, after which knitting and crochet became a huge part of her life.

She started her own small business in 2018 selling handmade crochet and knitwear. She has also worked with knitwear brands and designers hand knitting their limited edition garments for retail and shop displays.

Nancy teaches knitting and crocher classes and 1-2-1 lessons at Sew in Brighton.

"I took the beginners crochet course at the weekend. A great course and great teacher. I'm really chuffed with my coasters; I made another when I got home and have ordered yarn to make more! Thank you." Claire, Facebook

Naomi Bancroft

Naomi has been crafting since she was very young.

With a grandmother who was a dressmaker, she learnt to sew and knit from a young age but it was many years later that she rediscovered the joy of sewing when she took up quilting, although it was dressmaking that was to become her true passion.

After a number of years she pursued a diploma in Fashion and Dressmaking with City and Guilds. She is a prolific sewer creating clothes to fit her body and give her the body confidence that ready to wear cannot. She enjoys developing her pattern cutting skills and creating her own bespoke designs.

Her YouTube videos of pattern reviews and tutorials and can be found at her channel, SewNao

Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge

Mercedes is our resident star, having been a contestant on Series 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee (2019)! She has been sewing for over 50 years and also enjoys crochet and knitting which she has been doing for just as long. Having started on her sewing journey with her Nan, Mercedes was then mostly self taught. The first workshop she ever did was to make a pair of leggings with stretch fabric and it kick-started the love of sewing workshops! 

Mercedes lives just outside Brighton with her husband Graham and their two cats, Maggie and Erica. Having worked in IT for over 20 years and serving as a reservist for 13, Mercedes has a passion for all things technical and wants to know the ins and outs and whys of everything.

She enjoys utilising fabrics from all sources in her sewing projects while using traditional and developing new techniques. Minimal waste is a target with all her sewing.

Phil Bint

Phil Bint is the Art Foundation, Fashion and Textile Pathway at Brighton Met and has 22 years teaching experience covering garment construction, corsetry, Japanese textiles, pattern cutting and tailoring. Phil is also a Specialist Fashion Technician on the Ba (Hons) Fashion course at Northbrook Met.

Phil said "My greatest passion is creative pattern cutting and drafting patterns from scratch.  Just by applying some simple techniques it's possible to make amazing garments."

Phil has also worked in theatre making costume and acted locally in the Brighton Festival. He is married to a Taiwanese wife and has two sons. Phil looks forward to meeting and teaching Sew in Brighton students at The Sewing Lounge.

"Just had my first experience of the Sew in Brighton Sewing School – and it was great! With only six students in the group, we got lots of one-to-one attention from our excellent tutor, Phil. He was very skilled, knowledgeable and patient in helping us how to create a pattern by replicating a favourite garment. All the high-quality equipment you need is provided (including tea and coffee!) and there's plenty of it so no hanging around waiting. Thank you for a really informative day in a friendly environment." Avril, Trustpilot 

Marina Kyriacou

Marina is a keen crocheter known as the Seaside Hooker on Instagram here in Brighton and Hove. Coming from a cultural heritage of sewing and crochet from both grandmothers, Marina picked up a crochet hook a few years ago and has never looked back. In her portfolio is large a range of crochet items including blankets, clothing, amigurumi (small stuffed creatures) and accessories such as purses and bags. Crochet is her happy, calming place, as is sewing! 

Marina also teaches kick boxing and massage which is actually her main trade. She is looking forward to teaching you all how to produce wonderful crochet items.

"We had a great time on the Beginner's Crochet workshop and Marina is a brilliant teacher" - Tracey, Brighton

Elaine Ramsay

Elaine has 30+ years experience as a Fashion Industry Pattern Cutter & Toillist for several High Street Labels including Top Shop, Principles, Wallis & Karen Millen.

Designer Atelier Labels include Roland Mouret & The Vampire's Wife cutting & draping to fit Celebrities & Royalty.

Elaine teaches Stitch Classes, Replicate your clothes and 1-2-1's