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The School of Sewing was founded by Barry Rogers in 2007 and has proved so successful that we have begun to enhance and develop our courses further by bringing in new tutors.

Barry Rogers

Barry Rogers has enjoyed being in the textile industry since 1983 after being inspired from studying bespoke tailoring with Audrey Cousins.  Since then, he has worked alongside bespoke tailors, fashion designers and bridal specialists, including environments such as workrooms, cutting rooms and factories, in addition to studying at a variety of establishments including the London College of Fashion.  He now has his own successful business, established in 1992, offering a fitting and alterations service for personal clients and local businesses alike.  Barry has also manufactured bridalwear of his own designs for a high street specialist, for which he uses both traditional and modern methods.  For the past fourteen years, he has developed this interest to include embroidery and beading to enhance his work.

More recently, Barry can be found writing in sewing magazines and teaching at locations across the UK.  In 2013, Barry was approached by Beamish, The Living Museum of the North to train their Costume Department in tailoring techniques.  In 2014, Barry has also been worked at The Mayflower when Walt Disney’s The Lion King Tour came to Southampton as part of their national tour.

Alison Westcott

Alison joined the School in 2010 and is a pattern cutter and garment maker with over twenty-years of experience in the industry. After leaving college, she worked for a company who freelanced pattern cutting for workrooms and fashion designers - including the likes of Frank Usher.  Later on, Alison got a studio of her own and embarked on making made-to-measure garments for private clients with a particular emphasis on ladieswear... mid to high-end tailoring, evening and bridalwear.  Highly thought of and already teaching cutting skills and sewing techniques to BA Hons and MA Fashion students, both nationally and internationally, she'll be teaching our Pattern Cutting courses.

Maureen Summers

We are delighted to have Maureen on board to facilitate our new Craft and Bag Making workshops. We hope to develop these subjects in time to so you can experience the diversity of Maureen’s own designs and styles.  Maureen was brought up in a sewing environment as her father was a professional upholsterer. When finishing education, she worked at a ladies outfitters, taking advantage of their sewing room in her spare time. This gave her the confidence to train to become a buyer for a local clothes outlet and develop her talents further.  Later, Maureen enjoyed working as a machinist for a local bedding company while volunteering her services to teach crafting at her children’s and grandchildren’s schools. Maureen is still crafting and making her bags whenever time allows. You may have admired some of her work displayed in the various high street shops that she supplies.

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Contact Us

  • Barry Rogers School of Sewing
  • 43a Bridge Road
  • Itchen, Southampton
  • Hampshire, SO19 7GP

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