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The Fashion School - Sewing for Children & Teens in Brighton

The Fashion School - Sewing for Children & Teens

  1. Learn to sew, sketch and design using our unique programme we've been successfully delivering to beginners for over 20 years! But we're not just a sewing course -  children can design their own fashion, gain confidence & develop their own style. The Fashion School is based in Brighton aimed at both beginners and experts from 6 years old to adults. Children work with founder Caroline Gration to sew their own leggings, shorts, dresses, skater skirts, onesies….. the list is endless. Inspired kids come away with their own clothes they actually want to wear. Parties! Trips - London Fashion Week, V&A  plus own fashion show. Get a real taste of the wonderful world of sewing & fashion! Watch out for us on TV in the autumn. You can join at any point during the term. Classes running until Saturday 19th December.

    Look at our Instagram site to see all the wonderful clothes the children design & sew!

    Classes - Monday 4.45pm – 6.15pm. 8-12 yrs

    Monday 6.15 to 7.15pm  – Little Miss Fashion 6 – 9 yrs. Beginner class £10 per 1hr class 

    Tues 4.30 – 6pm. 8-12 yrs

    Tues 6-7.30pm FashionLab Teens

    Thur 5.30 – 6.30pm  – 6-9 yrs

    Thur 6.30-8pm  – FashionLab Teens

    Sat 10 -11.30am – Mixed 

    Sat 11 -1pm Mixed


     Sew your new wardrobe using our unique patterns. Beginners – you can make a pair of shorts before the end of your first day before moving onto dresses, tops, skirts! You name it, we can do it!

    Sunday 18th October - Mother & Daughter Workshop. 10-3pm. £90 for both of you. Get sewing together!

    Monday 19th - Wednesday 21st October  & Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th October. Fashion & Sewing Workshops for children and teens.

    Thursday 29th October - Fashion Illustrator. Learn to draw like a fashion illustrator using watercolours, fine pencils and Promarkers. 10- 4pm. £45. 

    Friday 30th - Saturday 31st October. Halloween Workshop. Make your own spooky outfit before trick or treating! 10 - 3pm. £97. 

    Schools Programme. We  run school workshops suitable for enrichment programmes. We work with Roedean school, Woldingham School & Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Surrey throughout the year.

    Individual Tuition with Caroline at £45 per hour. Fast track your fashion experience! Suitable for nervous young beginners from as young as 6 years old (speak directly to Caroline), or fashion students seeking extra support. A one off class for a beginner is a good way to gain a solid grounding by learning how to use the machine before they start a session of classes.


    • We went to the V&A; - and our children have used Alexander McQueen as inspiration - lots of designs are being sewn! We’re so proud of their developing skills, we'll showcase their clothes in part in our annual fashion show – watch this space!

      05 July 2015 - More announcements

    Areas covered

    Brighton We currently tutor pupils from over 20 different schools in the Brighton & Hove.East Sussex, London and Surrey areas.

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    • Brighton The Atelier 9 Lewes Crescent Brighton BN2 1FH
    • Brighton Flat 1 9 Lewes Crescnt Brighton BN2 1FH


    Activity Clubs, Art and crafts, Art tutors, Art workshops, Arts and crafts party, Childrens Clothes, Fashion design, Fashion Design Classes, Holiday camp, Party Bags, Sewing classes

    Pricing & Other Information

    £10 per 1hr class or £13 per 1.5 hour class in our fully insured and purpose built private studio at The Atelier, Flat 1, 9 Lewes Crecent, Brighton BN2 1FH. Workshops fully inclusive of fabric and materials at £48.50 or £135 for 3 days or £220 for 5 days. Children spend their lunch hour eating their picnics & playing (well, the younger ones...) in our private seafront gardens in the fresh sea air! Parties too from £10 per head & bookable party tea at Marmalade cafe. Yum! For older children we can be part of your Dof E a

  2. The Fashion School - Sewing for Children & Teens has 46 reviews with an average of 5.0
    • Quality of Service 5.0
    • Value for Money 4.9
    • What the Kids Think 5.0
    • What the Adults Think 5.0


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    • Caroline, Mother of Bel

      Bel has dyslexia and attending the Fashion School Workshops has helped her build self confidence and learn new skills while developing her creative side. Caroline is enthusiastic, showing children how they can create their vision while giving loads of positive feedback. All the materials were provided at the workshops Bel attended. She loved it!

      Caroline 28 Nov 2012

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    • Elma, Mum of Laura (14) and Cara (11)

      Laura and Cara have both attended The Fashion School's Summer School, and Laura now goes to the tween's weekly sessions. They have both enjoyed learning sewing and design skills. Caroline is so enthusiastic - she involves and encourages her students, and interacts really well with all ages. Laura is enjoying designing her own clothes at the weekly sessions and we are looking forward to the Fashion Show next Summer where she will have a chance to tread the catwalk and show off her hard work. The skills she is learning are very relevant today when we need to reinvent or make our own clothing.

      Caroline also arranges trips to help inspire the kids such as London Fashion Week. It's been great to find an activity that engages teenage girls and they are enthusiastic about!

      Elma 22 Nov 2012

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    • Melissa (Mother of Rebecca age 12)

      Rebecca presently attends the Saturday morning workshops. Caroline goes above and beyond in what she gives her pupils, not only in how talented she is but, how warm and friendly she is. The kids love the relaxed, creative environment she manages to create. Rebecca has learnt so much and is so excited about attending!


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    • Nadine, mum in Brighton

      Caroline is a fantastic teacher. She is lively and always smiling. Her enthusiasm rubs off on the children and they are always happy and super creative. my daughter has become fond of sewing and she is fabulous at it too.

      Nadine 02 Aug 2015

    • Chevonne, Mum of Ami (11)

      Having tried many clubs and activities Ami has finally found something she loves doing and feels she is good at. She clearly feels totally at home in the great space Caroline has created and has told me that she feels like she can really be herself there (which is music to my ears!) :)
      Caroline is so enthusiastic and caring of her students and regularly comes up with new sewing patterns and inspirational day trips, like the Alexander McQueen show at the V&A; in London which blew Ami away! I can't recommend Caroline and her sewing school enough and would like to thank her for all her hard work and effort.

      Chevonne 20 Jul 2015


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  3. Latest from The Fashion School - Sewing for Children & Teens

    • We went to the V&A; - and our children have used Alexander McQueen as inspiration - lots of designs are being sewn! We’re so proud of their developing skills, we'll showcase their clothes in part in our annual fashion show – watch this space!

      05 July 2015

    • New workshop!! Mon 3rd August. ‘Little Miss Fashion One Day Workshop for beginners 6 – 9 yr old. Learn how to use the sewing machine and make a pair of shorts to take home! One day workshop at £48.50. All fabrics inc.

      01 July 2015

    • Prom dresses for teens, skinny jeans and pretty floral shorts for beginners, all been happening this week. Plus Ami 10 came 3rd in C&H; Sewing Bee competition!

      14 June 2015

  4. The Fashion School - Sewing for Children & Teens Timetable

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    Please note: Here are some of our summer workshops! Rest on website.
    13th/14th/15th July. ‘Pretty Florals’. Romantic dresses and more. Learn to sew delicate bound finishes to your sewing. 2 places left.
    Mon 3rd August. ‘Little Miss Fashion One Day Workshop for beginners 6 – 9 yr old. Learn how to use the sewing machine and make a pair of shorts to take home! One day workshop at £48.50. All fabrics inc.

    4th/5th August. Teenage Workshop. FashionLab. Love American Apparel & Topshop but want to make your own similar? Maybe you have your own project ideas? Two day workshop at £90. All fabrics inc.

    • Mon
    • Tue
    • Wed
    • Thu
    • Fri
    • Sat
    • Sun
    • 6.30 - 7.30 Little Miss Fashion School 7 -9 yr olds
    • 4.00 - 5.30 pm
      8-12 year olds
      5.30 - 7.00 pm
    • 4.30 - 6pm Teenagers
    • 5 - 6.30pm 8 -12 year olds.
      6.30 - 8 pm teenagers.
    • 5.30 - 7.00 pm
    • 11.00am - 12.30pm - Mixed Groups.
  5. Caroline Gration - Founder, Director and Tutor.

    I’ve taught my unique sewing programme for over 20 years and it works! We use our specially designed for children to use clothes patterns to help children design and sew clothes they actually want to wear. I love working with children and teenagers, from complete beginners upwards. I've tutored fashion at various London and UK top art schools within universities from beginners to MA students, so I know my stuff – as do the other tutors on board! I hold an MA from The Royal College of Art. I’m CRB checked, insured and have two lovely daughters of my own. I’m also very experienced tutoring children and of my specialist programme is , 'Little Miss Fashion' for 6-9 olds introducing shy little ones to sewing and making their own clothes at their own pace. I also teach eager 9 -12s plus fashion savvy teens - I really enjoy their enthusiasm and energy! I strongly believe in promoting a positive and healthy attitude to all the fashionistas attending the course, enabling each one feel special and confident about themselves. Fashion is for everyone!

    Kerry Lockwood -Tutor

    Kerry is a vital part of the fashion school and brings warmth, expertise and laughter to all of our classes, parties and workshops. Über stylish with her finger on anything that's trendy, fun and fashionable in Brighton, all the children love to be around her and follow her avidly on social media. Caring, patient and encouraging to all of our youngsters, Kerry always gives great design suggestions and machine tips whenever she's working at The Fashion School! In her own words.... ' I studiedFashion Design at Thames Valley University, specialising in Print Design, graduating in 2008. Since then I have developed a popular online blog called ‘Yours Truly,x’, which has featured in Company Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Little Thing Magazine as well as H&M and Liberty online. I love working with children and the energy and enthusiasm makes this such a great job. I love sewing, textiles and fashion and hope my other art interests bring breadth to the classes. I am currently working on a film photography book which explores the aesthetic inspirations of young creatives, as well as creating a botany inspired print collection with a local illustrator.”

    Alice Williams - Tutor and our Alterations Lady!

    Alice ALWAYS wears clothes she’s sewn herself, what greater source of inspiration for the children? In addition to being a tutor at the Fashion School -some of you might recognise our ‘zip queen’ Alice from Fabricland! Not only is she at hand to advise the children and teenagers on all their sewing needs – but she also has a BA and runs her own business, ‘Curious Alice Studio’. Alice in her own words below! “I teach with Caroline on Saturday mornings and during the holidays at the fashion school. I studied textiles at college and university where I discovered my love for fabrics and creating. I have my own business called ‘Curious Alice Studio’ where I sell hand made and hand dyed silk scarves online through Etsy. Dressmaking and alterations are another service I offer for clients. I also work part time in a local fabric shop where I enjoy helping and advising customers.”

Suitable for ages

  • Pre-natal
  • 0-12 months
  • 12-24 months
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12+
  • 14+

Customer Reviews (46)

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Information for Parents

  • Gender: Mixed
  • Operates during: Weekly , Weekends , Weekdays , After school , Term time , School holidays , Holiday Camps
  • Grouping: One to one With others (group, class or team)
  • Number of visits: Defined length course
  • Disabilities catered for: Physical disabilities Intellectual disabilities

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  • MA (RCA) Fashion Womenswear
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