Sew Retro was established in 2010, with the aim –to teach as many people as possible how to sew, improve their sewing skills or pattern cut.
Sarah fell in love with sewing when she got her first child’s sewing machine for Christmas as a child from her parents. Sarah started sewing clothes for her dolls and progressed as a teenager to making her own clothes getting inspiration from the catwalk and glossy magazines. Initially Sarah learnt to sew and use commercial patterns under the guidance of her mother, but her hobby became her career, after she graduated with a BA hons degree in Women’s Wear fashion Design from Ravensbourne College of Communication.
Sarah designed women’s wear for high street stores, before setting up her own label which sold to high-end stores, including, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in the UK; and Saks, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, Barneys, Nordstrom and Bergdorf Goodman in the USA, and boutiques in Italy and Japan.
Sew Retro was born out of Sarah’s passion for sewing, and a belief that sewing was becoming a lost skill.
I hope that I can pass on my love of sewing through Sew Retro and encourage more people to thread up a sewing machine, use a vintage, retro or contemporary pattern (or make their own) and enjoy a relaxing hobby away from the daily stress of a busy life, kick start a career or even start their own business.