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Sew It With Love is a creative sewing studio founded by Elena Pintus in 2014 and now owned and run by Rehana Begum. Based in the heart of Waterloo London, the studio is just a stone’s throw away from the quirky shops and cafes of Lower Marsh and the buzzing Southbank. We offer small and friendly sewing courses and dressmaking classes as well as 1 to 1 tuition for different levels and abilities.
Whether you are a beginner who has never used a sewing machine before, or an intermediate sewist who has tried their hand at a few sewing projects and want to improve and further your sewing skills, here you will find a selection of sewing classes suitable for different abilities and preferences!
Whatever your level and whatever you wish to learn you are in the best possible hands! Our tutors are very experienced fashion industry and sewing professionals who love passing on their amazing skills.
My design, sewing, making story started quite early on. It was from my mother that my interests in sewing, crafts and embroidery were sparked. I watched her as a child on her industrial machine, sewing up colourful – somewhat flamboyant – matching outfits for my sisters and I.
My mother’s creativity rubbed off on me and by the age of 13 I already knew I wanted to merge my love of drawing, painting, making and sewing to become a fashion designer. I went onto to earn a BA degree in Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. It was during a spell at Savile Row my interest and skills in tailoring and pattern cutting really developed.
As a Designer, I worked for several high-end London based fashion companies including All Saints, Matthew Williamson, Preen, Margaret Howell and Ozwald Boateng.
I came into teaching when I was offered an opportunity to lead an empowerment project teaching dressmaking to local women in West Africa. I loved it so much that when I returned to London in 2016 I decided to continue teaching dressmaking at various sewing studios including Sew it with Love.
Over time the teaching became a more prominent part of my life as I started to teach more and more. So when Elena (Founder of Sew it with Love) decided to move onto newer paths and offered me the opportunity to lead the business, it seemed like a natural progression.
Like Elena, I believe in education, learning and especially in today’s world, I believe understanding and knowing the value of material, clothing and production is more important than ever. Having the skills to upcycle, alter, renew and appreciate making can only be of benefit.
Passing on my sewing and dressmaking skills to others has proven to be a wonderful, exciting and very rewarding journey and I look forward to continuing to share it with all of our wonderful current and future clients.
Here at Sew It With Love we are passionate about spreading awareness of the garment making process, promoting slow fashion, contributing to reduced textile waste and helping you save a tonne of money! Our mission is to help you create unique clothes that fit and beautiful, inexpensive gifts and accessories, as well as to teach you to make the most of what you buy and of what you already have in your wardrobe. Just like our mothers and grandmothers used to do! Whatever sewing skills you may want to learn, we look forward to helping your sewing dream come true!
Lisbeth Løvbak Berg
Lisbeth is a designer, pattern cutter and maker, realising designs from sketch to finish product, including bespoke commissions and consulting for other labels. She has a BA in Fashion Design from Oslo University College and an MA from London College of Fashion, and has worked for fashion labels in London and Paris, including Philippa Lepley Couture and Hemyca.
Lisbeth has a passion for sharing knowledge and skills and has a variety of teaching experiences, ranging from teaching short and evening courses and industry-focused design workshops, to delivering BA level modules. She is also the mind behind the fashion label and consultancy L-L-B, that she runs alongside teaching at Sew It With Love and Middlesex Univeristy.
Julia has over 15 years experience in the fashion industry. Having achieved an MA in Fashion Design and Technology from the London College of Fashion, Julia then went on to work in Italy for designer Alberta Ferretti. Following her return to the UK, Julia set up her own ethical fashion line where she worked with a co-operative in Ghana, West Africa on manufacturing clothes for the UK market. The collections were sold and supported by UK high street giant Topshop. Julia also has many years experience designing for a number of notable textile suppliers, with key accounts including Matalan, Marks & Spencer, Oasis, Coast and Arcadia.
Julia enjoys absorbing diverse cultures and influences to inspire her work and has a real passion for unique design and sustainability, which she tries to bring into her work where possible. She loves to design her own prints for fabrics which she then makes up into homewares or fashion items either for herself or her children.
Julia has a variety of lecturing experience, having taught at Morley College, Istituto Marangoni, City & Islington College and Lewisham College. She loves working with sewing enthusiasts and helping them to achieve their goals.
Classes are suitable for beginners and advanced beginners and include learning to use a sewing machine, complete beginners sewing course, tote bag and easy pyjamas courses as well as essential alterations, upcycling, trousers, dressmaking and copycat clothes making.