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About Jayne

Jayne is a fashion designer, pattern cutter and sewer /maker and a qualified teacher. She graduated with a First class honours degree in Fashion and worked as a designer in several companies, including Ladybird children’s clothing in Leicester, Lerose in Birmingham and Wallis in London. She holds a Cert. Ed (Certificate in Education) teaching qualification.


Jayne's passion for fashion began as a child, inspired by her mum, who was always sewing and made lots of clothes for the family. Jayne started sewing by creating clothes for her Sindy doll on her mum’s hand Singer machine, to making wild clothes as a teenager for herself and would surprise her friends by wearing something new she had made that day!


Jayne has over 30 years’ experience in Fashion and Clothing. After working in the fashion industry, she followed her heart and desire to teach, gaining her teaching qualifications, she worked as a Fashion lecturer and Course leader, as well as continuing with her own freelance design work.


During her teaching career of over 27 years, Jayne has inspired hundreds of students, taking them through a creative journey to achieve their personal ambition. Winning national and European competitions, many of Jayne's students are now working successfully in the fashion industry.


Her career progressed to the role of Creative Arts Head of Faculty in a large Further Education college. She achieved an AoC (Association of Colleges) Beacon Award in 2010 for Leadership of Innovation in Curriculum Development, in leading the 'Springboard TV' initiative.   


Jayne has now set up her own studio, to share her wealth of professional knowledge and expertise and offering a range of day, evening and workshops in Dressmaking, Pattern Cutting and Textiles. Groups are a maximum of five, so everyone gets lots of personal and individual teaching.


Alongside running the sewing school, Jayne still continues to work freelance as a designer and maker creating bespoke christening, bridal gowns and occasion clothing.


During the Covid pandemic, when there was a national shortage of scrubs and masks, Jayne stepped in and fundraised, leading a team of volunteer sewers to make for NHS  hospital staff and Care homes, making a total of 65 sets of scrubs, 200+ washbags, 100+. She was interviewed live on Radio Norfolk and Radio Cambridgeshire for the programme 'Making a difference'.  


She is patient, creative and encouraging. Working with a range of learners has made her highly adaptable and acutely aware of the needs of different people, and tailors her approach to each individual student as necessary. Most importantly, Jayne encourages everyone to enjoy the subject and have fun with it!


Learn to sew in Wisbech St Mary with Jayne

Jayne Walpole

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