Our Teachers

We are lucky enough to work with a fantastic group of experienced, patient and talented teachers here at Sewisfaction. All of our teachers are friendly and approachable as well as incredibly passionate about their craft and want to share it with you. Check out our Classes & Workshops page to find full details.

Sheona McMahonSheona McMahon

Sheona is the owner of Sewisfaction, a keen dressmaker who loves teaching others about the joy of sewing. Sheona mixes running the business with teaching some of our most popular classes, and particularly enjoys helping students build their confidence within dressmaking, as well as passing on her skills to the next generation by leading our Children’s & Teen classes.

Gillian Payne

Gillian has been sewing all her life and teaching for over a decade. She has a degree in Fashion & Textiles and worked in the fashion industry for a number of years. From teaching textiles classes, to A-levels and then Adult Learning, Gillian has helped hundreds of people learn to sew and loves to see people learning and enjoying this fantastic skill.

Layla Totah

Layla has been teaching for over ten years and running sewing classes at studios across the country, from beginners through to advanced dressmaking courses. She’s a seasoned sewing pro and believes in making things we really want, and loving the things we’ve carefully made.

Lucy Nichols

Lucy is an incredibly talented paper and textile artist who has loved sewing, making and creating from a young age. Lucy graduated from Imperial College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, but never lost her love of textile and paper art. After returning to university, Lucy now spends her time creating work which indulges both her passion for stitching and her new found love of paper,                                                            as well as teaching others.

Amanda Turner

Sharing her love of sewing via her popular sewing vlog, I Sew A Lot, Amanda lives up to her vlog name by being an incredibly prolific and talented sewist. Encouraging others to love sewing by teaching classes in her calm and enthusiastic style, Amanda teaches some of our Newcomer and Improver classes.


Zoe Bateman

Zoe loves teaching a wide variety of craft, from macrame to weaving, needlefelting to crochet! Zoe’s colourful and approachable style makes crafting fun for both adults and children.


Elisalex de Castro Peake

Dressmaker and co-founder of sewing pattern brand By Hand London, Elisalex de Castro Peake trained as a shoemaker and spent five years working in the fashion industry before turning her passion for sewing into a career. As well as designing sewing patterns and blogging over at ByHandLondon.com, Elisalex has taught sewing classes all over the UK and contributes to various sewing publications.

Barbara Ruis

Barbara Ruis

Having loved sewing for over 15 years, Barbara moved from her native Holland and set up her own sewing studio in Scotland. Having relocated to the South East, she now teaches some of our Newcomer and Improver classes and loves spreading the joy of sewing through teaching.


caroline akselson sewing teacherCaroline Akselson

Caroline has a wealth of sewing experience, working in the costume industry she has sewn costumes for all major West End musicals, worked for Disney, and teaches sewing privately and at university as well as a range of classes here at Sewisfaction. She is trained in pattern cutting and co-owns her own sewing pattern company, Selkie Patterns.


Claire-Louise Hardie

Originally trained as a Costume Designer at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Claire-Louise has worked in all aspects of Costume for Theatre, Film and TV with an impressive CV of employers that includes- ITV, The RSC, The Royal National Theatre & BBC. Her diverse professional experience made her the perfect candidate for the role of Sewing Producer for TV’s Great British Sewing Bee Series                                            1 – 4. She’s also a sewing book author and magazine columnist.

Naomi Skull     

Naomi has been sewing seriously for the last 10 years. She is a self-taught seamstress and runs a small bridal dressmaking and alterations business from her home in Guildford (naomiskullsews.co.uk). Teaching sewing to new and improving students is a passion of hers, and she takes real pleasure in passing on the skills that she has learnt and improved over the years. She believes that we were                                   made to create, and sewing is the perfect outlet for that – no matter what our age                       or experience!