Michelle Pye is the backbone of the English Couture Company with a vast experience of Dressmaking & Tailoring. She sources the best products available for the home dressmaker & professionals alike.

Michelle had the best dressed teddy in the area! After completing her school education she went straight in to the tailoring industry working at a Bespoke Tailors in Leicester. Whilst she was there the company won the prestigious Golden Shears award beating all the Saville Row tailors that year. Michelle has also won awards at the London College of Fashion for the apprentices version of the Golden shears award.

After 7 years she decided to go it alone & set up a very successful dressmaking business specialising in bridal wear. 19 years after starting this business she met Terry Fox who was running training courses. Michelle was taken on to work with Terry in teaching her courses. Some of which can still be done through English Couture. Michelle now creates her own courses & has been teaching for 15 years. Her Bra Making course which she devised to help her Mum get a bra to fit is one of the most popular even today. She also teaches at the Direct Knit & Sew studio in Sheffield, who jumped at the chance to get such an experienced teacher in their studio. Michelle has written for magazines & has filmed her own DVD on Making Trousers.

Michelle started her sewing life at the age of 6 years old when she used to see her Mum sewing & drove her mad by jumping on to the machine as soon as she went to do some pressing.

Everyone should have a go at dressmaking as it has brought me so much pleasure during my life. Coming on my courses will enable you to turn homemade into handmade.

Michelle Pye – English Couture.

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We provide tailoring courses in Leicester & Sheffield for all ages and abilities. Whether you’re an established sewer or a complete beginner we have courses to suit every individual need.

Own Products

Our fusible interfacings are only available through us. Our point presser & clapper is made here in Leicestershire by an English craftsman & our dressmakers Hand Lotion is to my own receipe.

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Michelle is a wonderful teacher. You can learn any aspect of sewing and tailoring and she makes sure that everyone gets one-to-one attention and you leave with a perfectly fitted garment.


All of our students will be given a warm & friendly welcome. The courses are taught in a light & airy room, to enable students to make themselves feel at home.

All of our courses are taught by Michelle, who is a fully trained tailoress up to Savile Row standards. Her vast experience in the workrooms give her the knowledge to help students with any sewing problems. The courses are all fully researched before the course commences.

Michelle searches high & low to get the best quality products for the shop both online & physical. A lot of the products are ends of designer ranges & cannot be repeated. Buy from us & get some exclusive items.

We endeavour to get as many orders out on the same day as possible. Michelle is also available to offer advice on all of our products, so you get the best interfacings & trimmings for your project.