The SSS team

All classes at Saturday Sewing Session are held by trained experts in their field who share the same passion, values and love for their craft. Saturday Sewing Session was created to share a love of sewing, fabrics and the handmade. We pride ourselves in providing a wonderfully enjoyable experience where all beginners feel welcome and relaxed.

Photo by Andrew Lamb for Cloth Magazine.

Arianna Cadwallader

Founder of Saturday Sewing Session, milliner and maker, Arianna has a background in fashion publication and film. Having worked in high-end glossy magazines and the costume department of some much loved feature films including Bridget Jones Diary 2 and Harry Potter, Arianna has also spent time as a fashion designer for Cloth magazine and designing and making bespoke wedding dresses.

Arianna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Costume Interpretation from Wimbledon School of Art and has trained under several industry icons including Rose Cory (Milliner to the Queen). Her passion for costume, fashion and the 1940's continues to inspire her drive to create and she aims to share her passion with as many people as possible, and always with a pot of tea close by!

Kate Underwood

Kate graduated from London College of Fashion with a BA in Design Technology: Womenswear, where she discovered a love of working with leather which has inspired her career as a freelance pattern cutter, dressmaker and leatherworker.

After spending time working within the music and film industries as a costume maker, she started a small leather accessories label with a friend which went on to produce two collections and be stocked in boutiques across Europe. She now divides her time between managing the sewing studio at Peekaboo Vintage, and working as a freelance dressmaker, specialising in leatherwork.

Kate continues to be passionate about all aspects of pattern cutting, sewing and making, and joined the team to share her passion with all Saturday Sewing Session clients as well as being super gorgeous in every way.

Krystel Quilantang

Krystel learnt how to sew from very early age from her mother, who herself, studied tailoring. Wanting to explore this unique art further Krystel completed courses in garment construction and pattern cutting in various institutions including London College of Fashion and Kensington and Chelsea College where she realised her passion for Bespoke Tailoring.

Currently finishing off a pre-apprentice qualification in Bespoke Tailoring Krystel continues her skilful training working at the elite Thom Sweeny's Tailoring House in Savile Row helping to make waistcoats and jackets.

Krystel looks to pass on her knowledge and love of sewing onto all Sewing Session clients, where you are in very good, very clever super lovely hands.

Rehana Begum

Always with a keen interest in art and design Rehana went onto study Fashion Design at Central Saint Martins. Alongside her studies interning as fashion companies including All Saints, Matthew Williamson, Preen, Margaret Howell and Ozwald Boateng. It was on Savile Row where Rehana’s interest and skill in tailoring and pattern cutting really developed.

Rehana has since worked as a dressmaking tutor both here and in Africa, where she was involved in 'Empowerment Projects' teaching dressmaking.

Currently working for a London based Womenswear label she joins the SSS team to share her love of being creative and working with people hoping to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge in sewing and pattern cutting, all with abundant patience and a smiles galore.

Rosie Holden

A few years ago Rosie sat down at a sewing machine and attempted to make a dress out of a bed sheet....Since then sewing has evolved from a hobby to something she is crafting a career in! (Have a peek at Rosie’s Instagram @monacoandmargot) Amazing!

Through the help of the Saturday Sewing Session and Stitching Academy garment technology course, Rosie learnt how to make her own clothes, and now works as a Fashion Studio Assistant at Fashion Capital. Rosie alongside Arianna is our SSS blogger and social media wonder woman.

Jax Black

Fellow seamstress on Channel 4s 'This Old Thing' Jax has always been fascinated with fabrics. At 16 Jax trained as a hairdresser in London’s Sloane Square where her eccentric style drew a lot of attention. She later returned to education and went on to complete a HND in Theatrical Costume Design. Jax now works as a Senior Costume Technician at the London College of Fashion.

Jax keeps up her love of vintage by making clothes and wedding dresses for clients using fabrics and patterns she has collected over the years all with an expert eye. Jax expertly guides you through coping your clothes in our 'Clone your Closet' session plus she is also rather fabulous!

Laura Stanford

Laura holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Contour Fashion from De Montfort University. Over the last decade has become an expert in her field; working as a Lingerie Designer for the likes of Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and as Senior Designer at Agent Provocateur.

Since taking the leap into freelance design three years ago she has co-written 'The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie' and set up her own Lingerie Design & Brand Consultancy 'Of Life & Lust'; working with both UK and international brands.

She is incredibly passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills. Laura whole heartedly believes that home-sewing lingerie not only allows you to discover your creativity but also positively understand and embrace your body shape.

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