About Us

Lisa’s Story

Lisa Comfort set up sewing cafe, fabric shop and sewing classes venue, Sew Over It, in 2011 in London

I set up Sew Over It in May 2011 with one main aim – to teach as many people as I possibly could how to sew!

I fell in love with sewing aged 11 when I made my first skirt. A year later my parents gave me a sewing machine and I have never looked back since. Despite being teased for my “uncool” hobby, I persevered and carried on sewing. After studying at the London College of Fashion I worked for British designer Bruce Oldfield and then bridal couture designer Phillipa Lepley.

I set up Sew Over It in a response to the growing feeling that sewing was becoming a lost skill. I hope that I can pass on my passion for sewing through Sew Over It and encourage more people in London to pick up a needle and thread! To follow my sewing adventures, check out our Youtube channel.

Since opening Lisa has published three books, Sew It, Wear It, Love It – an intro to sewing for beginners, Sew Over It Vintage – a beginner’s guide to making your own vintage inspired patterns, as well as her bestseller, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break. She has also appeared on the Alan Titchmarsh Show and Kirstie’s Vintage Home. She guest edited Mollie Makes’ DIY Fashion bookazine and writes columns for Sew Magazine, Prima and Simply Sewing.

In January 2017, Lisa launched her new site lisacomfort.com and second YouTube channel, where she shares more of her creative life.

The Sew Over It Team

Sew Over It Hackney Team Portrait
Photographer: Andy Donohoe

Everyone who works and teaches at Sew Over It is passionate about sewing and we love to sew in our free time. All our teachers are experts in their area and love passing on their skills. Find out more about the people who work at Sew Over It on our team page!

Sew Over It :: London Living Wage employer

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