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IDC and The Team

Who we are 

IDC (Independent Design College) is a new concept providing accredited City & Guilds Tailoring courses, drop-in sewing sessions and a one-stop shop for all your tailoring, sewing and dressmaking needs and accessories.

IDC was founded by Brenda Killigrew who has been working in the Tailoring, Fashion and Education industries for the past 30 years, with extensive experience of high-end fashion and bespoke courses to give people the skills required to fulfil their ambition - no matter how small or large.


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Meet the Team!

Brenda Killigrew



With over 30 years experience in fashion education Brenda is a true believer in skill sharing. With many students leaving to go on to fashion careers, winning prestigious industry awards and starting their own businesses so alongside teaching City and Guilds she will be bringing her popular Young Designers Club to the institute.

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Sheena Glazzard


Sheena studied at Inkberrow Design Centre and is a City and Guilds Level 3 qualified tutor in Theatre, Pattern Cutting, Dancewear and Lingerie. She runs her own lingerie and dancewear business.

Sheena will be running her popular bra making short courses here in Bromsgrove.

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Emma Tunnell


Emma is a passionate advocate of the City & Guilds qualification.  She considers herself a traditional dressmaking 'all-rounder', and has a huge range of sewing skills.  She is an expert in 3-D and has worked with other professionals in the Potteries and has strong links with the local china clay manufacturers in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Ruth Parkinson-Johns


A graduate of West Surrey College of Art and Design, having specialised in Printed Textiles, Ruth is a qualified teacher.

Her creative workshops and courses include lots of techniques including free machining and hand embroidery.

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Mo Grigg


Mo loves challenging projects, and is passionate about upcycling and pattern cutting. She highly values her City & Guilds qualification, as it gave her a strong foundation to set up her own sewing and dressmaking business,   Stitched by Momo. She has also worked on product development projects with Vlieseline.

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Elly Morris


Elly has been sewing her whole life. A few years ago she left her van driving job and completed a City and Guilds qualification in Tailoring and Costume Making and set up her own business. custom making clothes and costumes.

In 2019, she trained with Master Tailor Rory Duffy in Ireland.

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Sally Harper

Millinery Tutor

Creating hats and headpieces, is Sally’s vocation and she has experimented with colours and fabrics since a young age.
She owns up to being a ‘bit of a magpie’, as she loves collecting vintage jewellery, sumptuous fabrics and delicate trims, giving her the opportunity to create something truly unique; whether it’s for a bridal veil, a special occasion hat or a racing headpiece.

Her hats and headpieces have been worn by elegant ladies at the races, scooping the prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat, by the Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, for her inauguration and by many mothers of the bride or groom for their special day.


Molly Phillpott - former student

"I finished school without enough UCAS points for university, but IDC has given me a great portfolio which means I gained an unconditional offer from Bournemouth to do a Theatre Costume degree!"


Sarah Carter, Level 1 student, Sheffield

“This means more to me than my degree!”


Ruth Parkinson-Johns, Textile Designer

“The City & Guilds programme was a wonderful foundation... To me, inspiration is the key...  It has given me my own creative voice.”


Emma Tunnell, Dressmaker

“I really feel that my City & Guilds qualification has helped me to be both practical and successful.”

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