Hi I’m Kate, I set up Sew Creative in 2016, however a lot of my customers are often surprised to hear that I haven’t always loved sewing - in fact I even paid one of my friends to sew my Year 7 Textiles project for me, then ditched the subject as soon as I was allowed in the following year!
I eventually learnt to sew when I made the decision to study Fashion Design in Manchester. I naively thought that I would just be able to design the clothing, and was shocked (and horrified!) to find out that I also had to sew as well. There may have been many late nights sat by a sewing machine, feeling horribly confused, or tearing my hair out when I had to unpick again…but I finally caught the sewing bug.
After my degree I worked in the fashion industry in both London and New York, before heading back up North to train to be a Textiles teacher and settle in Altrincham. Whilst teaching, I started to advertise sewing classes - it was originally just a way to earn a little extra money. I started on a table in Hobbycraft with a couple of old machines and some bits and pieces from my personal fabric stash. I sat there for several weeks, with no customers or interest, and was about to give up when Sue (now a member of staff!), my first ever customer, approached me asking if I’d teach her how to make her own patterns - and Sew Creative was born!
You can find me at the studio most days, either teaching classes, attempting to do paperwork in the office downstairs, or starting (but rarely finishing) a new sewing project! I am also often accompanied by my two pooches, Eric (the naughty one) and Dotty (my little angel!).
What started out as a random idea to make a bit of extra pocket money has somehow turned into a business, compete with a shiny new premises, wonderful members of staff and so many lovely customers!
Fiona has always loved everything creative and used to love hand sewing as a child. She worked in various roles after school before deciding to go to university to do an Art Foundation course, before going on to study Fashion Design.
Like Kate, after university she also worked in the fashion industry for some years, both in Manchester and London. She has been working at Sew Creative since we opened our Stamford New Road studio, and has been an integral part of its success ever since.
Fiona can be found at the studio Monday-Friday, where she teaches children, teens and adults - she also often hosts our children’s birthday parties at weekends. She’s a vintage fashion queen with a brilliant sense of style. Recently engaged she is currently debating whether to make her own wedding dress, or customise something vintage…so watch this space for some dreamy wedding inspo!
At 5’0” Holly is the newest, youngest and tiniest member of the Sew Creative team. However, don’t let her tiny size and youthfulness fool you, this little lady is a sewing force to be reckoned with!
Holly was originally a volunteer at Sew Creative, starting at the same time as Fiona, when we opened our new high street studio. She originally only assisted with the children’s classes where, with her creative mind and her extensive experience as a youth worker, she was an instant hit.
Holly is no longer a volunteer, and instead runs Sew Creative at the weekends. Whether you’re coming along to one of our kids or adult classes on a Saturday, or you’re a Sunday Sewcial Cafe regular, Holly is the friendly face that you’ll see.
Hi, I’m Eric. I can often be found guarding the front door at Sew Creative. While I might look big, tough and scary, I am actually quite a lovely chap. I love treats, cuddles, any food that you might be eating, and more cuddles. Please feel free to pick me up and cuddle me, instead of doing any sewing. I look forward to meeting you soon. Thank you.
Hi, I’m Dotty. I am pretty shy, but if you’re quiet and gentle I will come for some cuddles. I can often be found sleeping in my basket, or following my Mum around - just to make sure that she’s still there!