Owner of MAKE
I started MAKE- Cambridge Fashion School in 2015 after an extensive career of 27 years as a successful Fashion Designer with the UK High Street. I worked with many retailers over the years from Topshop, M&S, F&F at Tesco, House of Fraser, Dickens & Jones to name a few. I have been fortunate to show several times at London Fashion Week with my own collection and whilst at the Arcadia Group.
After all of these years in the industry I wanted to give something back through teaching. I learnt everything I know from those fabulous machinists at my first job at Coates Viyella.
All of my students design and make items that they want to create. I'm just there to help them on their journey, enabling them to actually make it! I work with adults & children from concept design, learning how to measure, pattern cutting, fabric selection through to finally sewing their garment.
I'm very proud of what we have created here. Love sewing. Love MAKE x
Tutor- Kids & Textiles Specialist
When I met Kath we were both developing our independent businesses supported by the Princes Youth Business Trust. I founded Seres, a commission embroidery business and was lucky enough to work with some fantastic designers, Antoni and Alison, Anouska Hempel, Suzanne Neville and the BBC to name a few. Kath and I taught together, alongside our businesses, at Cambridge Regional College on the well reputed, Art Foundation. Kath leading Fashion and myself Textiles. A dynamic team and we were passionate about our work and the achievements of our students. In 2005, I took part in Channel 5s 'Interior Rivalry' programme. Reaching the finals I was offered a course in Property staging which changed my career direction. I went on to build Stage One Interiors, a commercial interiors business, which delivers design and specification on multi million pound projects throughout the UK.
Tutor- Adults Beginners
'There's something about the texture, pattern and weave of fabrics - their endless possibilities, beauty and structure. Making something that is real, useful, interesting & fun is a passion! And I love to share this with others.
I have been teaching sewing for the last seven years, and before that taught dance fitness for over a decade alongside a career in the City.
I now run my own design & make interiors business, delivering bespoke solutions for private clients, TV commercials & films, and I spend most of the summer on tennis courts as an umpire.
I look forward to seeing you soon at MAKE!
Tutor- Adults Soft Furnishings: curtains & blinds specialist
I set up Jo Sheldon Design in 2012 after having worked in the interiors industry for 20 years - in contract and hotel interiors and then the latter years at Sanderson.
I now design and make curtains, blinds and cushions, working with customers creating schemes for their homes. It can be as simple as designing one roman blind or a pair of curtains, but I also design schemes including cushion ranges, wallpapers & paint finishes.
I am passionate about helping people make their own curtains, blinds and cushions. Taking them on their own journey and giving them the confidence is what these classes are all about for me.
Tutor- Adults & Kids Dressmaking.
I work as a professional costume maker, dressmaker and have an Etsy shop where I sell some of my historical style costumes. I absolutely love sewing and being creative, and I'm never happier than when I'm at my sewing machine working on an elaborate stage costume. My experience ranges from theatre to bridal and everything in between. I am also a qualified teacher and have taught dressmaking and pattern cutting at local colleges in Cambridge for many years.
I look forward to seeing you soon on one of my many MAKE workshops!
Tutor- Childrens & Specialist Adults Workshops
I have always had an interest in dressmaking, having taught herself the necessary skills at the age of 14. At University I studied costume production at Rose Bruford College where I trained in the making of both period and contemporary men and woman’s wear.
I specialise in classical dance wear and have worked for The Royal Ballet School. I then went on to work at Cosprop Ltd in London, restoring period costumes. While there I created clothing that was featured in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Crown, The Danish Girl, Downton Abbey, Victoria and Call the Midwife to name a few.
I am passionate about needlework and creating beautiful garments. I love to share this passion through my teaching, supporting others to do the same.
Our teaching techniques at MAKE are very holistic. All of our students design and make items that they want to create for their level of skill. From basic skirts, curtains, pillows, simple pencil cases through to ultimate fashionista jackets! With my younger teenage fashion students every project is more exciting as its bespoke to them and their vision...just like a mini fashion school.
We're just there for you on your journey, enabling you to actually make it! We work with students from concept, learning how to measure, fabric selection through to finally sewing your final project from curtains to clothing. Most of our current students couldn't sew or use a machine before they came to MAKE. After our regular weekly sessions, they now make clothes that they actually want to wear and create curtains or bags that make their friends envious!
Anyone can learn to sew, design and make. All you need is a bit of encouragement, patience and a nice cuppa to help you along your way!
Come along and join the MAKE revolution. Suitable for all ages and levels of ability.
We look forward to welcoming you soon
Kath & the MAKE team