Annalee Sewing School provides boutique, hands-on, professional sewing courses in the heart of Wellington, for all.

Hello, My name is


Anna Baines

I am an enthusiastic gardener, keen skier and most importantly a passionate
sewist/seamstress. I launched Annalee Sewing School in 2021 after I noticed a lack of professional sewing courses available that taught modern, high-quality projects within the Wellington region. As a young teacher I hope to share my genuine love for the world of sewing, my non- perfectionist approach and various industry techniques.

As a young girl, I kept my self-entertained by cutting up and ‘transforming’ my old clothes into new wearable pieces. I was introduced to sewing machines at the age of 7 (roughly), which propelled my love for the creative art as I could now attach fabric together with thread, not hot glue.

Fast forward to High school, I was offered a discretionary entrance scholarship to Massey University, this allowed me to skip my final year of school and propel myself into a 4 years honours degree in Fashion Design and Marketing. I was fortunate to go on exchange to Milan, Italy for 6 months apart of this degree to further my fashion education.

In 2019 my garment ‘Bloom’ was a finalist in the World of Wearable Arts Awards show, truly a milestone for any creative.

My classes have been designed to suit those who have never sewn before, right through to those who have a few outfits behind them! I hope to teach interesting and technically beautiful projects to all levels. I wish to remove students fear surrounding sewing and teach that perfection is not required to create a masterpiece to be proud of.
My professional sewing courses are small, with a maximum of 6 students, to ensure everyone receives the attention they need. The programmes follow industry standard sewing methodologies. I aim to educate students on industry terminology and processes throughout our classes.

Come along and learn a new skill and leave with a project you can be proud of. I look
forward to meeting you in the studio.

Director | Professional Seamstress | Annalee Sewing School

Anna and a student with a toy she made
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Anna with a student
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