About us

Inkberrow Design Centre (IDC) is one of only a handful of fashion design and craft centres outside London that offers professional courses (City & Guilds) and classes in sewing, corsetry, fashion design, clothing construction and textiles/crafts. Professional couture dressmakers and craft artists, who directly work in the industry, teach at IDC.

IDC is unique in that it can tailor a course to suit the individual needs of learners. Thus, if you are working full-time and want to study, IDC can provide you with a tailored course to match your needs. IDC offers full and part time flexible learning paths. IDC is also competitively priced.

IDC courses are accredited by City & Guilds. IDC works in collaboration with the institution to ensure students can receive industry recognised certifications which can be used for personal development or job creation. Many IDC students gain the confidence to be able to design their own clothes, or launch a business. Students also have the choice of using their City & Guilds for university entrance with several IDC students now studying at Farnborough and London School of Fashion.

IDC receives funding from the European Social Fund.

Inkberrow Design Centre is an independent training centre established in 1991.

IDC is an authorised Janome reseller and accredited City & Guilds Centre.


Brenda Killigrew is the Managing Director of IDC

Fashion and education have been my watch words for the past 25 years, yes I am celebrating 25 years of being managing director of Inkberrow Design Centre! During this time I have produced many a catwalk show at some of the largest textile and Craft events in the UK and watched as students have grown from junior makers through to having fully fledged careers in fashion and tailoring. Adult education has been extremely important and the City and Guilds courses taken by our students have been the launchpad for many a career in patchwork, quilting and textile design.

Susan Streeter – Couture Dressmaker & Textiles Teacher

Susan is a professional couture dressmaker with over 27 years experience designing wedding dresses and working in the textile/fashion design industry. Susan possesses a deep subject knowledge and technical expertise relating to design, clothing construction, textile design and quilting. Susan was awarded “Outstanding Teacher” status in 2015 and teaches textiles, dressmaking and soft furnishings at IDC.

Tara Butler – Dressmaker and Sewing Tutor

Tara started her textile career as a student at Inkberrow and quickly learnt the skills of dressmaking, textile construction, paper-craft and clothes construction. Qualified in City & Guilds, Tara now teaches on the Workers Educational Association courses and is a private tutor for Inkberrow.

We also have many visiting tutors including the TV Demonstrator on Sewing Quarter and author Jenniffer Taylor. Jenniffer’s book “Girl With A Sewing Machine” is a no-fuss guide to sewing containing inspirational ideas and designs and how to recycle old clothes into new designs. See Jenniffer on the Sewing Quarter

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