Meet the Team

Sophia Palmer

Hello I am the proprietor and creator of Jessalli. After studying textiles through my school life I found it was my vocation. I love my Dorset upbringing and am passionate about projecting county pride in all my handmade products. My favourite skill is free-style machine embroidery!

I am also a freelance writer and project designer. I am a regular contributor to Crafts Beautiful magazine and have written many projects for other publications. See some of our press cuttings and projects HERE. If you’d like to feature a project, an article or would like to interview me, please get in touch.

I also have a huge passion for teaching much needed sewing skills to children and teenagers.  I run workshops for 6-12 year olds and am available for private lessons in my Sewing School. Read more about our tuition HERE. I believe sewing is a dying skill in all young people and simply having the skills to modify or fix a fabric item is priceless.

I love teaching full time but also love being a designer-maker. I love creating and working with businesses. I am available for freelance design work, including sewn based designs for business cards, greetings cards, banners and many other things. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.


Allison is my lovely mother. She has many years sewing experience. Mum encourages and supports me in all my ideas and helps towards the design and structure of new products as well as class preparation in the sewing school. She loves Dorset just as much as me. Her specialist sewing genre is appliqué! And if you don’t already know, the company is named after her and her bestie Jess!


Jess isn’t a sewer, she’s an inspiration and a close friend of the family. Jess helps us to create the things we do, and her house is a gallery of everything Jessalli- even the embarrassing first products we used to make!


Kay is my Mother-in-law and keeps all my books and accounts in check, mainly dut to the fact I absolutely HATE maths! She also helps in the shop, behind the counter and preparation inbetween classes. 

Since working at Sew Jessalli she's been quilting, dressmaking, knitting and crocheting. There's no stopping her!