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Sewistorical provides online courses in fashion history and historical costume sewing.

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Transform your sewing experience!

A new way to learn...

Through care, clarity, and community, Sewistorical has reimagined historical sewing education to ignite a generation of confident creatives.

Our mission is to transform the way fashion history & historical sewing is taught.

Everything we do is rooted in an intuitive understanding of the process, and our students' needs for well-structured lessons, compassionate instructors, and a supportive community.

Most importantly, we value progress over perfection.

Our careful guidance.
Your unique needlework.

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Why choose Sewistorical for your historical sewing education?

Supportive Community

Throughout our courses, we don’t just provide structure - we practice compassion and are devoted to a warm, inclusive community..

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All Skill-levels Welcome

Whether you have a hard time threading your needle or you already know how to sew, our courses are accessible to students at all levels.

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Feel Confident & Creative

We teach through compassion so you can learn how to tap into the everflowing stream of creativity.

Enjoy Progress over Perfection

Focus on the joy of creating a garment with your own hands, rather than getting so wound up over perfection.

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Learn Comfortably at Home

Historical fashion enthusiasts around the globe can comfortably tune in to online courses and meet via our online community.

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Explore all Sides of Fashion

While learning how to sew a garment, you’ll also learn about the fascinating but sometimes dark history of fashion .

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About the founder of Sewistorical


 Compassionate Costume Designer, Visual Artist, and Fashion Historian specializing in 18th, 19th and early 20th century fashion, Kelly Mann sees historical sewing education as more than learning about beautiful needlecraft; it is a way to communicate heart-to-heart with others.

“I want to give my students the kindness, support, and structure I wish I had at the beginning of my journey.”

- Kelly Mann


More about Kelly

Why did I create Sewistorical?

In this short video, Kelly explains why she created Sewistorical.


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They say that we must leave at least 5 words...1 word covers it all - ‘SPLENDID’ Thank you Kelly, you’re the best and a pleasure to deal with.

Pattie & Jim K.

She has a splendid eye, her ability to communicate visually is superb, and her work was always done to a completely professional standard. She is a person who holds herself to a high standard artistically and professionally...

Maggie W.

It is in Kelly’s nature to go above and beyond with everything she does.

Alina B.