About The Sew Studio

Hi, I am Sally-ann Best and The Sew Studio is my workshop. In the Studio I bring together a passion for designing and making quality bespoke clothing with my love of teaching the technical skills and processes involved.

I believe that everyone can feel great in what they wear and that well made, beautifully fitting garments can help you achieve this. We are all individuals but the high street offers limited choice with regards to shape, colour and fit. At The Sew Studio I can create quality clothes that are perfect for you, your shape and your personality.

As well as practicing my craft I also love to teach it. I work in fashion education and as a certified university lecturer I can offer support and insight to fashion students. I also offer private tuition to home dressmakers who wish to learn new skills or build on existing ones.


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Bespoke Clothing

At the studio I design and make bespoke clothing for individuals who are looking for something unique and tailor made to suit them. All my garments are crafted with a fervent attention to detail using only high quality fabrics and components.

I will work with you to establish styles and shapes that are right for you and then move forward with ideas to suit your needs. Perhaps you know exactly what you want but can’t find it on the High Street - I can help you there too. There are so many times in life when bespoke clothing could be a great solution to a wardrobe dilemma, for instance:

  • It could be that standard sizes never fit you properly and you just want some wardrobe staples that fit well and make you feel confident. In close consultation with you I can design garments that suit your body shape and your lifestyle.
  • If you are in business and need to dress to impress this is a fantastic way to build a wardrobe that sets you apart. Each piece is unique and individual and fits perfectly.
  • Are you about to be the Mother of the Bride and want to wear something youthful that reflects your personality? Bespoke clothing offers a much wider range of colours and and fabrics than you would find ‘off the peg’ and an endless choice styles and shapes. Together we can create an outfit that is perfect for such a special day.
  • Not all brides want a traditional wedding dress and many lesbian brides prefer to wear an amazing suit. Custom made, bespoke clothing offers the opportunity to create your unique look and guarantees a perfect fit.
  • If you feel my services might be for you feel free to contact me and we can chat through any questions you may have with no obligation.

    "Sally shows great passion for her work and you feel this when she is talking and sharing ideas with you."

    Laura Hardwick, Oundle

    "After weeks of unsuccessful shopping, I presented Sally with an incredibly amateur drawing of my desired dress and within minutes she had transformed my basic idea into a stunning design of the perfect ball gown. In the fittings that followed the focus was on ensuring that the dress fit just right and finalising the more intricate details of the design. The entire process was focussed on personal preference meaning the final result was an exquisite and unique ball gown."

    Ruby Goodall

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    Private Tuition

    There has been resurgence in the desire to make your own clothes but it is no longer taught in schools so the skills required are dying out. At the Sew Studio I offer private tuition in Sewing and Pattern Cutting to anyone interested in learning new skills or polishing up existing skills. My focus is on creating garments that look professionally made using industry methods which can be easily achieved by the home dressmaker. I am happy to teach small groups and can tailor my teaching to individual needs and desired outcomes.

    "I learned so much and Sally is brilliant at explaining things. I can not recommend her enough."

    Terri Rooney

    "Thank you Sally-Ann - My daughter is now the proud owner of a skirt and a dress."

    Lucia Hyams

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    Student Support

    Perhaps you are considering studying Fashion but not sure if it is for you? As an experienced fashion lecturer I can offer taster sessions to give a feel for the work you would be required to do on a Fashion course to help you make the right decision.

    If you are already a Fashion student you will know that tutor contact time is limited, I can offer extra tuition in Garment construction and Pattern Cutting to support your studies.

    If you feel my services might be for you feel free to contact me and we can chat through any questions you may have.

    "Having been a student of Sally’s for 3 years, I am proud to say I am now able to sew nearly anything I set myself to. Her patience is never-ending: she will take the time to explain again and again how to sew that crazy zip, corner, collar or placket you have trouble with. She is a very happy presence to be around, always smiling and very calming in times of great stress. I appreciate and cherish the time I have spent being her student. It has been a true pleasure!"

    Ines Arconada Vasquez ( De Montfort University)

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    Contact Me

    07725 197603