The Fashion Box crafts classes in London
crafts classes in London
The Fashion Box crafts classes in London
crafts classes in London

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The Fashion Box

72 reviews
72 reviews

Who we are: The Fashion Box Group was founded in 2013.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins, with a post-graduate degree in Advanced Innovative Pattern Cutting, Craig (Mr Fashion Box!) embarked on a kaleidoscope of successful ventures within the fashion industry. During this time, he has worked alongside a huge selection of fashion houses, new designers and is a mentor to many university lecturers and fashion graduates.

Craig has over 15 years experience in teaching in universities and colleges, as well as with private clients. As a result, he is accomplished at getting the best out of both groups of students and one-to-one situations.

After 7 years at Istituto Marangoni, he left to pursue his dreams of opening his own fashion school, which resulted in The Fashion Box Academy.

Craig is also Head of Fashion at LCCA, and is currently writing a programmes for The London College of Contemporary Arts’ MA course in Luxury Fashion Design.

Craig has been the Collection Manager for Qasimi Homme, worked alongside Sadie Clayton, and is currently working on production of a collection for Liberty of London.

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Frances
8 Jan
Craig was a brilliant teacher and ran a great class. In the beginning, I was a bit nervous about how complex my garment was but Craig soon made me feel at ease. I really enjoyed learning the different techniques of creating a pattern from a ready-made garment. Craig also gave me lots of advice on how to sew up my garment. I would definitely recommend this class!
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Tanis
11 Jul
Amazing !
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Carmen
5 Nov
I can't speak highly enough of this place. not only is it an affordable and fun workshop but the teachers are so good and so patient. The skills I have learned are helping me build my confidence and I am now ready to buy a sewing machine and get dress- making. I am booking my next class today.
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Kaveri
24 Oct
I had a great time - 5 stars!

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Frances
8 Jan
Craig was a brilliant teacher and ran a great class. In the beginning, I was a bit nervous about how complex my garment was but Craig soon made me feel at ease. I really enjoyed learning the different techniques of creating a pattern from a ready-made garment. Craig also gave me lots of advice on how to sew up my garment. I would definitely recommend this class!
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Tanis
11 Jul
Amazing !
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Carmen
5 Nov
I can't speak highly enough of this place. not only is it an affordable and fun workshop but the teachers are so good and so patient. The skills I have learned are helping me build my confidence and I am now ready to buy a sewing machine and get dress- making. I am booking my next class today.
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Kaveri
24 Oct
I had a great time - 5 stars!
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Claire
15 Jan
I haven’t been able to stay until the end but I really enjoy the workshop. It was really well explained and in a good atmosphere. I’ve been able to reproduce at home without any problem all that I’ve been explained. I recommend the class for beginners and will not hesitate to go back to another class with the fashion box.
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Michelle
3 Feb
Fantastic class! Francis was very knowledgeable and went at a good pace for everyone. He explained the processes in a very clear way, easy to follow. We learned how to thread a machine, how to do a French seam and a hidden zip. I'll be back for sure!
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Jennifer
4 Feb
The teacher was thorough, and managed the class time appropriately. He was clear in his instructions and there was sufficient time to get through the lessons as well as to practice. He was great with my daughter, even answering questions that she had about other sewing interests. Thank you!
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Sue
10 Apr
I thought the workshop was fab. Craig was a patient enthusiastic tutor too!. I’ll be booking more classes with The Fashion Box. Thanks Craig! 😁👌🏻
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Sia
22 Apr
This workshop was excellent! Highly recommended. It was well equipped- each individual had a machine. Our instructor, Francis, was so patient with questions and people like me who lagged behind the faster learners in the group. The lesson was well structured, there was enough time to complete the learning exercises. We learned a lot fir a three hour session. It was worth the money and I really enjoyed it and had fun! Thank you Fashion Box :)
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Paola
3 Jun
It's a very complete class. After a few hours I gained the knowledge and confidence to use my own sewing machine.
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Priscillia
25 Jun
Loved every minutes of it!
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Matt
31 Jul
Great class and great tutors, 5 stars all around
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Carmen
24 Sep
I really enjoyed this class. I found the instructor Frank so patient ( which was really helpful as I forgot all of the instructions as soon as I sat down at my machine)and helpful and Incredibly good at teaching. Beginners. I am now able to use a sewing machine confidently, work out how to troubleshoot, sew in an invisible zip and French hem all for £25! I will definitely be booking my next lesson very soon.
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Elsa
6 Oct
What a great introduction to sewing! I didn't realise you could fit some much in 3 hours with multiple students but we learned so much.. from setting up the machine itself, learning all it's functions, to how to correctly stitch.. I didn't even know I wasn't supposed to keep my eye on the needle when sewing, no wonder why my home attempts were so shabby! :) Great new hobby or for those serious about sewing garments at home.. can't wait to go to the make a dress class xx
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Tanis
25 Nov
Really interesting and clear courses thanks to Craig's teaching !
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Gablin
13 Jan
Very fun and I got to make a great kimono
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Izzee
2 Feb
Had so much fun! The teacher is lovely; his directions were clear and always helped when I did something wrong. I have a beautiful kimono now which I won't stop wearing. Thanks!
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Sarah
25 Apr
Had such a great evening making my kimono. The teacher was very patient and ensured that everyone walked away with a beautiful finished item.
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Tamara
26 May
The workshop was excellent. The small class was very helpful because I am hard of hearing and there was not too much background noise. With the instructions it was really easy to make my kimono. It was so good that I have already booked another workshop with them. Their location is also really easy to get to, even from South East London.
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Alisa
11 Jul
Really enjoyed making my own kimono yesterday and am proudly wearing it today! Craig was knowledgeable and friendly.
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Csilla
11 Aug
Was amazing
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Jasmine
26 Nov
Really enjoyed the session cloning 2items of clothing. It gave me a good insight into what’s required to recreate something from my wardrobe. Small group and the tutor was really attentive and professional.
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Federica
10 Dec
Cozy ambient, nice and friendly tutor. I enjoyed the workshop, I would recommend!
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sabba
22 Jan
This was a brilliant session. I chose to clone a pair of trousers and learnt so much about the process involved in ensuring every aspect of the pattern required is covered. Thank you and highly recommend this to start cutting your own patterns!
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Perri
2 Mar
I loved this workshop, Craig was super helpful and I left with a complete pattern for my favourite dress - ready to start the pattern-cutting and sewing process. I would definitely recommend for anyone who is a beginner sewer wanting to learn more about pattern-making.
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Estera
18 Mar
I found this course really helpful. I learned how I can clone any garment. By following simple steps I managed to create 3 patterns for 3 different tops I love. Now I'm ready to sew. Thank you
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Larissa
26 Mar
Wonderful class! I have learned a new skill and left the class feeling inspired. Craig is a great teacher and he really knows his craft. I will definitely look at other classes at The Fashion Box.
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Tea
22 Apr
Really good session, Craig was incredibly patient and explained everything really clearly. I will be taking more classes from the fashion box.
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Esther
23 Jun
Great experience, learnt so much and enjoyed the relaxed but informative atmosphere.
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PHILIPPA
25 Jun
Very clear teaching, and I had two patterns to use by the end of the session. Craig is very helpful and encouraging! Really enjoyed the morning.
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Margot
8 Jul
I was more than 15minutes so I couldn't attend the class. I know it's my responsibility to be on time, but sometimes life just brings some events that make you late: my train was not coming, my phone was stolen a few days ago so I couldn't use the GPS to find the entrance (and GOD it's hidden). When the teacher opened the door, he talked to me with no consideration at all: "you will make the class late, I can't afford to have you in there" or "you are making me loose my time here, I should be with my class". It happens to be late sometimes, but as a teacher from a workshop it doesn't cost you nothing to be nice. Also, I thought I could take the class another week because I was not allowed this time. The guy just said no with his head and closed the door to my nose. It's not that I don't recommend the class for its content, I just don't recommend for the attitude of the teacher. There are ways of talking...
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Rosie
19 Aug
Brilliant! Great class, really well taught with the right level of guidance and letting you get on with it. Highly recommend!!
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Giloux
21 Aug
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Looking forward to sew my pattern!
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Jane
8 Sep
Great fun! I came away with patterns for 3 of my favourite items of clothing. Craig was helpful, enthusiastic and encouraging.
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Jenny
19 Sep
I learnt more in three hours than I have on all the sewing courses I’ve attended in my life combined (including all episodes of the sewing bee I’ve religiously watched and utube tutorials) Craig is incredibly patient and generous with sharing his masses of sewing skills. Brill course Thank you!
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Jeni Hill
11 Oct
I took both my teenage daughters with me to the Fashion Box workshop- this was the second workshop we have been to there- again it was brilliant. Although I sew myself quite regularly the Fashion Box enables me to expand my skills & refine my techniques. My girls love learning from Craig & his team & find them very easy to talk to & ask questions of, which means I can learn & work alongside them with my own garment/project! The studio is light & bright with small, friendly class sizes. The only improvement would be onsite parking- but the site is easily accessible by train & a short walk!
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Charlotte
11 Oct
The worship went at a good pace and the teacher was very helpful and went over things that we needed extra support on. All materials were provided and are of a good quality however I don't like the fabric that was used and so don't think I will ever wear the dress! It's a very bold print.
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Iolanda
27 Sep
Tutor was unclear and impatient. Fabric is cut before class, so no learning and our dresses did not fit. Environment wasn't friendly. I did learn, but I would not attend a class at Fashion Box again.
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sabba
17 Feb
This class was not enjoyable and I don’t recommend it. The studio is cold, the teacher was short and impatient at times but he was alone with 10 beginner students. Unfortunately the dress fabric was pre cut and provided without choice. It was an awful print so I won’t be wearing it!
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Jemma
16 Aug
The class was fab! The fabric was precut and so it meant we could get on and focus on sewing the whole dress together. No time to do fitting, but now I understand the mechanics of how a dress goes together, I feel confident to have a go at home. Craig was a great tutor, highly recommended.
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Kafeelat
6 Oct
A really good session, learnt a lot.
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Keli
3 Dec
The class was incredible. Craig teachings was so easy to follow, I still can’t belive that I made a dress! I had only done a course before in introduction to sewing machine with fashion box and I was a bit concerned, but the course is great even for total beginners! I will definitely be coming back for more. Thank you Craig!
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Tolu
12 Sep
Very informative. Found it useful and our tutor s Francis was quite knowledgable
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Dian
20 Nov
The teacher (Jason? Sorry, I cannot remember his name) was excellent and despite the confusion with some people turning up at the wrong session and being quite a big class, he kept calm and managed to get through all the material. He was happy to give additional tips to those more advanced and was extremely patient with those of us who are new to machine sewing. He managed to help everyone and answer all questions despite the time constraints! He used great analogies and metaphors and made sure to remind us not to be intimidated. I highly recommend this class to anyone who has never touched a sewing machine, but other in the class who have sewed using a machine also said they learnt a lot, especially as he goes through alternative methods and little tips and tricks. We learnt how to do a hidden zip, which I seriously thought was advanced, but he made it so easy :)
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Kafeelat
11 Feb
The class was cancelled
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Victoria
4 Apr
At the end of this session you will know how to set-up your sewing machine, understand its settings and attachments, how to sew seams and insert an invisible zip. Similar courses seem to cover the same content over a longer period of time and charge considerably more. This is a nice, concise course at a great price with a friendly, patient tutor and a Dolly Parton soundtrack. Excellent value.
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A'Ishah
4 Apr
It was great!
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Ramatu
22 Apr
Let us know your opinion about the workshop. (optional) It was great and beyond my expectation.
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Martyna
7 May
I really enjoyed the class, Craig was very helpful and took time to explain and show things we didn't understand. Answered all the questions about sewing and let us understand all the ways and techniques to use a sewing machine. Class was fun, interesting and not boring at all! Can't wait to continue learning more steps to improve my sewing skills!
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CLAIRE
8 May
Very good introduction class! I was completely new to sewing and this fulfilled my expectations. Although I found the pace quite quick sometime I was really pleased with everything the class covered. Couldn't expect better introduction!
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Roberta
26 Jun
The workshop is very thorough for beginners, the tasks are simple and easy to follow. It definitely helps to build confidence on the sewing machine especially it is your first time using it.
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Yasmin
14 Jul
Such an informative class. Didn’t expect to learn so much within 3 hours! Will be booking another class soon :)
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Sam
29 Jul
The 3 hours passed very quickly with clear explanations throughout and I learnt to sew a zip and a French seam as well as develop confidence with the machine overall. Would definitely recommend for the novice as a first step into sewing !
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Lilian
24 Sep
Fashion box introduction to sewing was really good. Very well structured. Host was attentive and patient with all the learners. Will recommend fashion box to any one interested in learning to sew. I will be booking other classes with them.
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Lilian
24 Sep
Fashion box introduction to sewing was really good. Very well structured. Host was attentive and patient with all the learners. Will recommend fashion box to any one interested in learning to sew. I will be booking other classes with them.
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Tiago
25 Sep
The trainer was lovely and the training at a good pace
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sarah
30 Sep
I really enjoyed this course and found it very informative. Learned how to do an invisible zip, plus a French seam, with lots of time to practice getting to grips with threading and setting up the machine and changing feet etc. I am no longer afraid to start using my recently purchased machine.
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Vivian
16 Dec
I would have given him a -5 star rating for the extremely unpleasant experience. My guest & I were both turned away at the door for arriving late despite of travelling far, not even allowed to watch, and were told there will be no refund. The teacher was impatient and told us to leave as we were 'wasting his time'. I hope Obby will have a better customer support than this man. I do not recommend this course.
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Lisa
16 Dec
Really good course. Very enjoyable and learnt some new skills.
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Dayo
12 Dec
Class was alright. Teacher was good.
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Lindiya
21 Dec
It was quite informative and I enjoyed the workshop.
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CLAIRE
10 Jun
My second class with them and I was once more very satisfied. We have been through a lot in 3 hours from taking your measurements to drawing and cutting your own skirt pattern. We learnt how to design patterns for several different style of skirts. Although I won't probably feel confident to design an advanced skirt on my own I was really interrested to learn about how skirts are being designed. We were a small group of 4, which was a good number too.
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Lilian
30 Sep
Well organised lesson. Was able to create own skirt design pattern.
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Charlotte
2 Oct
Pattern cutting class was really good, I learnt a lot and the teacher was great. The group was quite small so he could spend some time with each of us. I recommend!
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Becky
26 Jan
What a great night, I’m still buzzing about the fact I ACTUALLY made something, in two hours and I really am going to wear it. If you’re looking to build your confidence or learn a new skill this is the place, a helpful teacher who will give you all the help you need but more importantly knows when to step back and let you try for yourself. I absolutely recommend this, even though I had to iron (I NEVER iron) and will be going back for more. Just make sure you take the right amount of material (that’s one and half meters SQUARE).
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Erin
2 Feb
Really good workshop, well lead and the kimono I made was fab! Would definitely recommend to anyone!
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Sophie
15 Apr
I really enjoyed the class and was very impressed with the quality of the teaching. I had never made a garment before but I have a finished kimono that I love. Looking forward to booking another class.
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Sara
28 May
I loved this class. It was my first time on a sewing machine and Craig was really patient. Even though it's a simple design, I found it quite challenging so I'm not sure I'm up to dress making standards just yet but I'll persevere! Slightly disappointed that I'm not able to make more kimonos it would have been nice to have a pattern to take home but still a great evening and met some lovely people.
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Helen
4 Jun
The workshop was great. The group was small meaning that none of us got left behind and we all left with a finished product. Craig, our teacher was great, really knowledgeable, very patient and took the time to ensure that each of our garments was as good as it could be (or rescued us when it went wrong!) I would definitely recommend this to my friends.
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Helen
18 Jul
Really good workshop to complete a stylish kimono. Craig was knowledgeable and patient even with the more demanding people in the class. The finished kimono is great! Having a pattern to take away with us so we could make more at home would have made it even better!
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Jacqui
1 Aug
We really enjoyed this workshop, I hadn't made an item of clothing since school days under strict guidance from the teacher. Craig is a great teacher, the fact that I've come away with a finished, well made item of clothing is nothing short of a miracle to me. The main thing I got from this was losing my fear of sewing machines and I really want to do more. Thank you!
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Lucy
1 Dec
Great teacher, helped us out massively when we didn't realise we had to bring our own fabric. Fun class, great for beginners.