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We are a start-up who are passionate about bridging the current skills gap in garment making by educating young children and adults in sewing skills, so they are ‘job-ready’ for the re-shore of production back to the UK & NI so that this valuable lifelong skill is not lost in our generation.  

We are passionate about our environment and believe that by equipping people with the skills and knowledge of how to make their own clothes we can create awareness and affect environmental change through conscious shopping habits. Our sewing workshops are a step in the right direction, learning how to up-cycle, repurpose and repair clothes and textiles. We take our workshops to where there is a need in the area and bring all the materials and machines to each session.​

Sew Ready CIC is set up as a Community Interest Company. We are a not-for-profit re-investing back into our local community to ensure that sewing skills are reignited in the local schools and council areas.  
Sew Ready provides sewing classes and creative textile art workshops. It’s run by lifelong sewist and degree-trained pattern maker/designer, Sarah Hoppe. "I have a passion for all types of sewing and textile art with over 15 years sewing experience and over 10 years in fashion consultancy roles. I am a UKFT member and part of the steering group championing the return of sewing skills and production back to Northern Ireland".  

Sarah's qualifications are: 
HND Level 5 Fashion & Design - Belfast Metropolitan College
BSc (Hons) Fashion Production & Business - Belfast Metropolitan College
Tailoring & Pattern Making - UAL: London College of Fashion 
Micro-credential Certificate - Teacher Development: Embedding Mental Health in the Curriculum 

During my final year of University, I worked as a trainee Pattern Technologist specialising in body armour & protection wear in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone. Then I spent some time working in the film industry and selling my own handmade apparel & embroidery artwork. I launched my first business Sew in a Box, in November 2021 showcasing my products at artisan fairs within NI. I decided to open Sew Ready as a community interest company to increase sewing skills within my local community. I volunteer as a Girlguides leader and am a HN ambassador for Pearson Education guiding young people in both their independence and educational / career pathways. 

Sarah Hoppe

Where is Sew Ready?

60 Chapel Hill, Lisburn 
BT28 1BW

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