My Sewing Box, textiles teacher

My Sewing Box

My Sewing Box

location_on Manchester

local_activity classes: Sewing and EmbroideryTextiles

5.0 (7)
Instagram followers2k

I started learning sewing at seven years old from my mum, who worked in couture, and drawing from my grandad, who was an artist. I then got into bespoke dressmaking class with grown-ups at 11 (I was the youngest student!), starting a professional career in fashion design, graduating in 1992 (Madrid) and 2000 (Manchester).

I hold two BA (Hons), one in industrialised fashion design and pattern cutting and another in fashion design with styling. I have had my own fashion company and fashion brand of my own name since the early 90s and I have released numerous collections from vintage styles to streetwear and couture, some for my company and others for other companies.

I have also taught fashion design BA (Hons) at Donghua University in Shanghai (PR China) for three years full time, but I missed designing and making so I decided to only teach occasionally now, so I can mainly create, but I have since taught workshops in anything fashion design related, from sewing to dressmaking, pattern cutting and fashion upcycling. I have taught and tutored thousands of students that have successfully accomplished a career in fashion and many who just wanted to learn to make their own clothes.

I have a lovely and quirky studio in Manchester's Northern Quarter where I create lovely bespoke clothes and you are welcome to come and learn from me on a one-on-one basis.




Ellen McKay Jun 2024

Silvia is lovely, incredibly knowledgeable and patient. I have come away from this session feeling confident I can begin my first dress project as Silvia showed me all the relevant steps needed to assemble and finish the dress. I now also understand how to get the correct tension as this is something I have struggled with. I highly recommend learning with Silvia.

Sarah McKeage Jan 2024

The teacher was really knowledgeable and friendly. She was very supportive and reassuring with learning new skills and revisiting skills I haven't used in a very long time. She went at my pace and it was really great to have specific skills and knowledge shared at my learning and skill level.

Teacher's response

Thank you Sarah, it was great having you and being able to refresh your skills. I hope you make good use of them, and maybe see you again when you want to learn more advanced techniques! Good luck! Silvia x

Evie Christian Mar 2023

Silvia was a lovely lady who clearly loved and was passionate about what she taught. She was very clear with how to instruct a complete beginner and I felt so much more confident by the end and can use and set up a sewing machine on my own. Would definitely recommend and would book again with her in the future, thanks Silvia! Evie x

Textiles class review by Evie Christian - Manchester

Teacher's response

Thank you, Evie, for your kind words! It's wonderful to hear that Silvia's passion and clear instructions made you feel confident in using and setting up a sewing machine. We're so glad you had a great experience and would love to have you book with us again in the future. Thanks again, Silvia! Warm regards, Evie x

Leyla Giray Jul 2022

Sylvia was amazing and very helpful to teaching me the basics of sewing! Great 1:1 would definitely recommend :)

Textiles class review by Leyla Giray - Manchester

Teacher's response

Thank you, Leyla, for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that Sylvia was amazing and helpful in teaching you the basics of sewing. It's fantastic that you had a great one-on-one experience with her. We highly recommend Sylvia and her expertise to anyone looking to learn sewing. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to see you back in the studio again soon!

Stephanie Franks Jul 2022

I walked into Silvia’s studio a complete novice, and left confident my newly-acquired sewing skills will enable me to start making my own clothes. Silvia was not only extremely informative, but also fun and patient. What an amazing class this was. I would thoroughly recommend it.

Textiles class review by Stephanie Franks - Manchester

Teacher's response

Thank you, Stephanie, for your kind review. I'm so glad to hear that you walked into Silvia's studio as a novice and left with the confidence to create your own clothes. Silvia's informative and enjoyable teaching style, coupled with her patience, truly made this class amazing. I wholeheartedly recommend it to others.

Bella Copland Mar 2022

I had a great class with Sylvia! She was super clear and really tailored the class to what I wanted to know, and took her time to make sure I understood everything!

Sewing Machine Skills Class - One to One review by Bella Copland - Manchester

Teacher's response

Thank you, Bella, for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear that Sylvia went above and beyond in tailoring the class to your needs and ensuring that you understood everything. Her dedication to providing clear instruction and taking the time to ensure comprehension is commendable. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing you again for another great class with Sylvia!

Rachel Wood Nov 2021

I loved this class. Silvia was friendly, flexible, a great and clearly experienced teacher (not always the case with people who are good at something themselves). She had a plan for the class but also allowed me to direct things in the way I wanted them to go. Highly recommended.

Teacher's response

Thank you, Rachel, for your positive review! We're so glad to hear that Silvia made your class experience enjoyable and tailored it to your preferences. Her friendly and flexible teaching style, combined with her extensive experience, truly sets her apart. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again for another wonderful class with Silvia!

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