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All About the Sew

Location: Solihull, Midlands 
Contact: Lorna Hulme


All About the Sew sewing workshops set up by Lorna Hulme are up and running in the Solihull area. Maybe you have never sewn before and the thought of sewing a button on brings you out in a cold sweat, you sewed 20 years ago at school and would like to have another go or you enjoy general crafts and would like to try something new – there will be a class to suit you, just come along and have a go. You will be hooked in no time!

Lorna wants to share her passion of sewing with others by encouraging people to come together, learn a new skill, make something they are proud of and most importantly enjoy themselves. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 5 people to allow lots of guidance and support from Lorna. Classes include the use of Janome sewing machines, basic sewing tools and fabric in a lot of the workshops. Lorna has achieved the Level 1 NCFE in Dressmaking and Level 3 Award in Education and Training.


Example classes:
• Beginner’s workshop – sew a simple cushion cover
• Beginner’s workshop – sew a simple tote bag
• Christmas bunting
• Zipped pouches
• Lined tote bag
• Learn how to appliqué


Telephone: 07963 734756
Instagram: @allaboutthesew
Twitter: @allaboutthesew


School of Sewing

Location: Ashby de la Zouch, Midlands
Contact: Alison Smith MBE


The UK’s premier School of Sewing, established in 1992. Alison offers a huge range of dressmaking, tailoring and corsetry classes. The School of Sewing specialises in fit, couture techniques and tailoring.


Classes on offer include:

  • Bridal

  • Pattern Drafting

  • Advanced Couture Techniques

  • Tailored Jackets

  • Winter Coats

  • Wardrobe basics classes on Skirts, Dresses, Trousers and Tops.


Beginners are taught in the Sewing Café together with Craft classes.
Alison also offers City & Guilds qualifications.

Phone: 01530 416300


Birmingham School of Sewing

Location: Harborne, Midlands 

Contact: Sheila-May Green


The tutor at the Birmingham School of Sewing is Sheila-May Green. She is a qualified teacher currently working part time as Head of Textiles at a comprehensive school in Birmingham. She is also the proprietor of Sheila-May Couture in Northfield, and has been designing and making bespoke bridal gowns, ball gowns and evening dresses for over 30 years, and also has many years experience in designing and supplying wholesale, bras, lingerie and communion dresses.

Classes are small, with a maximum of six people and are for beginners and experienced sewers. A extensive variety of one day workshops and short courses include:

  • Lingerie

  • Overlocking

  • Bridalwear

  • Tailoring

  • Corsetry

  • Accessories

  • Special courses for practicing textile teachers and NQT’s


Telephone: 079200 31744


Birmingham School of Sewing, Weymoor Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 0RX


Maria Breslin

Location: Walsall, Midlands  

Contact: Maria Breslin


Maria has a HND in clothing studies and offers tailored tuition to those of all levels who want to improve their ability to create well fitting and professionally finished bespoke garments.

Course Offered:

  • Inner Secrets

  • Machine Training

  • Basic Understanding of Commercial Patterns

  • Pockets & Buttonholes

  • Boned Bodices

  • Basic Overlocker Techniques

  • Speed Tailoring

  • Pattern Drafting


Telephone: 01543 480822


Embellishing & Embroidery

Location: Walsall, Midlands 

Contact: Yvonne Flavell


Yvonne is an established textile artist who has a wealth of knowledge in art, design and embroidery. Small classes, one to one tuition and distance learning are available. All abilities are catered for.


  • Creative Bobbin

  • Essential Texture

  • Free Motion Embroidery

  • Working With Luturadur

  • Embellisher Creativity



MA Textiles
BA Hons. Textile Design

City & Guilds – Silver Medal Holder – Creative Techniques


Telephone: 01902 605455
Mobile: 07584 320 558


The Workshop – Flower and Craft School

Location: Wolverhampton

Contact: Helen


Sewing Bee every Wednesday evening in term time.

Ever wondered how to make bunting, or a floral table arrangement, a festive wreath or a fantastic fascinator or perhaps you just want to learn the basics of sewing? If so, then  The Workshop is the place for you. We hold regular one day and evening courses in collaboration with Ann Raymond Florists of Pattingham, that are simply a must if you’re looking to start or develop your home craft skills. Every course includes all materials, a delicious lunch (day courses only), and you’ll take home everything you create!

The Workshop – Flower and Craft School
Burnhill Green, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire- Wv6 7JA

Tel: 01902 700631


Dressmaking & Sewing Skills

Location: Midlands 

Contact: Gill Arnold


Gill loves to share her wealth of knowledge and experience gained over 30 years in industry, retail and teaching roles. She welcomes people of all abilities to her studio near Birmingham to enjoy comprehensive hands on days training days, including Janome Overlockers and CoverPro machine.

Courses Offered:

  • Coverstitch Machine

  • Stretch Knits

  • Know Your Sewing Machine

  • Working With Your Overlocker


Telephone: 0121 608 1414


Sewing Skills Training

Location: Sutton Coldfield, Midlands 

Contact: Suzette Slattery


Former City and Guilds teacher now runs Sewability Sewing Leisure Club. Small classes, wonderful facilities and one to one teaching caters for all abilities who want to sew to a high standard.

Courses Offered:

  • Dressmaking & speed tailoring

  • Overlocker workshops

  • Sewing Stretch Fabrics

  • Adapting Patterns

  • Soft Furnishings


Telephone: 0121 321 3002

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