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About Top Stitch Guildford

Top Stitch Guildford

Founder & Qualified Tutor

Gail Ames

A widely experienced and professional tailoress and dressmaker, Gail comes from a family line of tailors extending back to her Grandmother who’s family made waistcoats from their premises in New Bond Street in the 1920’s.  Starting with a City & Guilds qualification from the London College of Fashion.

Top Stitch Guildford

Gail was for many years a self-employed tailoress and dressmaker before taking a Certificate in Further and Higher Education in 2011. Having achieved Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills Status (QTLS), Gail has worked with the Surrey Adult Learning and lectured at Farnborough College.  She now focuses all her time on Top Stitch Guildford courses and her designer collection called Sadie May ®.

What Gail’s peers say:  


..‘an excellent tutor and provided us with great mentoring support’,  Surrey Adult Learning


‘..a vital member of the team providing specialist skills particular to the Extended Diploma in Fashion, (Level 3)’ , Farnborough College of Technology


What Gail’s peers say:  


‘Gail is a fantastic tutor, she has over 20 years of pattern cutting knowledge and is very thorough in her teaching sessions. She offers one to one guidance as well as group teaching and enables you to learn at your own pace’ Sam, Farnborough College of Technology – Course Tutor

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