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Crafty Sew & So

Location: Studio 8, The Makers Yard, 84 Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB 

Contact: Sarah Laws

About Crafty Sew & So:

Crafty Sew & So is a modern, independent fabric and sewing studio focused on bringing you beautiful dressmaking fabrics, inspiring sewing patterns and all the essential haberdashery you need.

We love sharing the joy of sewing in our in-person and online sewing and dressmaking classes aimed at complete beginners through to more advanced sewists. Can’t making it to the studio? We sell our own range of patterns and kits based on our popular workshops, for you to enjoy at home!

Our studio is based in the Makers Yard, a beautiful, listed building which was once Leicester’s first hosiery factory, in the cultural quarter of Leicester.

We are surrounded by cafes, galleries and places of interest to visit!

We would love to see you at a workshop or at one of our monthly open days, or alternatively we sell all of our fabrics, haberdashery and patterns online.

What we offer:

We host a range of sewing and craft workshops throughout the year, from beginners dress making to classes that teach new techniques such as sewing baby clothes with jersey or jeans making. We’re introducing some new classes into the timetable including Rag Rugging with Ragged Life and Pattern cutting with Cath, an London college of Fashion tutor and professional pattern cutter.

All of our classes are regularly updated on the Crafty Sew & So website and taught by expert teachers from across the sewing community.

For more information and class booking information or to shop with us, visit

Contact us:


Call: 07782692461

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The Sewing Cafe

Location: Hinckley, Leicestershire 


Faye and Becky run The Sewing Cafe, where you can hire machines by the hour or join in with one of their sewing and craft workshops. They also stock gorgeous fabrics, threads and haberdashery for all your sewing needs.


Mobile: 01455 698034


The Sewing Cafe, 116 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1DD.

Dressmaking Training Courses

Location: Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire  

Contact: Alison Smith


Former Head of Fashion & Textiles at a large comprehensive school, Alison left to establish her own design business and the Alison Victoria School of Sewing.


Courses Offered:

  • Lingerie Techniques

  • Bra Making

  • Knickers

  • Designer Speed Tailoring

  • The Dress

  • Trouser Fitting

  • Boned Bodices & Posh Frocks

  • Couture Finishing

  • The Perfect Zip, Sleeve or Pocket

  • 3 Day intensive Bridal

Telephone: 01530 416300

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