Sarah Thursfield​

Sarah Thursfield

United Kingdom

Sarah can’t remember learning to sew – she absorbed the basics from family members by making dolls’ clothes and toys. Sarah studied for her City and Guilds Fashion (Parts I & II) in the early 1980s and started making clothing for re-enactment. It was here that she discovered her passion for reproducing historic garments. Sarah’s hand sewing is among the best in the business and as a pattern cutter, she can reproduce the essential shapes of any era. Sarah’s book “The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant” is a world best-seller in its subject.

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Sarah's knowledge of costume is phenomenal. Being in her presence is like stepping back in time.

Sarah's Past Classes

Samplers with Seams

Originally offered as part of the May 2021 Festival.

Students will work samples of their choice of plain and decorative seams as used on linen garments – shirts, shifts, coifs and other accessories – in the 16th and 17th Century.