I’m Angela Pressley and I’m a self-confessed fabric-geek and sewing is my life-long passion. I’m very fortunate to have my own lovely sewing studio from where I can teach and I’m passionate about sharing my expertise to teach people how to sew. It really is a joy to teach adults and children all the techniques and short-cuts and help them discover their creative talents.
Over the years I’ve created a welcoming venue full of inspiration in the studio as well as all the essential equipment, I have many examples of sewing and for every technique and type of sewing whether it be a bag or a dress, I’ve got a sample to show you. The studio also boasts an extensive library of books and sewing patterns to borrow.
The Sewing Club
Students often start coming on a six-week course and then continue coming for months and even years because they can work at their own pace and make exactly what they want. One of my favourite parts of teaching is helping people achieve the right fit of their clothes which can give the wearer such confidence. My other favourite thing is making up sewing patterns from students’ ideas and helping them realise their goals. I love a sewing conundrum and I enjoy working out the best and neatest way of sewing something.
After studying fashion and textiles at university, I worked in the industry in London and Italy for over 20 years for luxury fashion and interior design brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Designers Guild and Ralph Lauren. In 2007 I established my sewing school, The Sewing Club, and have since branched out by designing my own sewing pattern range and appearing frequently on live television, giving sewing demos.
I’ve always wanted to write a book and I was thrilled to have opportunity recently. My first book ‘Sewing Machine basics for children’ will be published in 2022. I designed 30 original projects, wrote all the instructions and accompanying technique workshops and created the patterns. It was a labour of love and the projects were based on tried and tested teaching methods and of course, my students’ invaluable feedback. It is a vital handbook to anyone just starting out on their sewing journey. Although the designs are aimed at children, they include the same techniques for adults wanting to learn.
I will be running some limited and exclusive workshops and tutorials to go with the book. Get on my mailing list and I’ll keep you informed.
Angela entered the ‘Search for a Star’ competition in 2019 on the Sewing Quarter TV channel and won a regular slot, demo-ing live on air every month until the end of 2019 when the channel closed. Her years of tutoring adults and children made her the ideal candidate to demonstrate the projects, clearly and with enthusiasm. On the shows, Angela is responsible for making up a sample of a dress or bag etc beforehand to showcase the product and she then demos another version live, choosing a part of the construction that may need clarification. There is always a lot to prepare in advance to make the shows run smoothly. Angela makes all her own outfits that she wears on the shows.
The Sewing Street TV channel (Sky 670, Freeview 73 and YouTube) was founded in early 2020 and Angela was one of the first guest designers to appear on the fledgling channel. She has continued to demo live on air and now is very proud to be demo-ing her own sewing patterns (Thirza and Rondelle) and soon to be launched, her new sewing book ‘Sewing Basics for Children’.
My mission is to supply you with all the practical know-how you need whilst giving you the confidence to allow you sew anything you want. I want to inspire you to try new things and new ways whilst throwing in a bit of recycling in there too!
I must have helped my pupils to make at least 300 drawstring bags over the years and probably as many fleecy bunnies and A-line skirts! All of them unique and all of them giving pleasure and encouraging confidence in the maker. You’re sure to find joy in the sewing process too!