I fell in love with sewing when I was 6 years old because I’d watch my mom sew toys and clothing for me. As I grew up, I became interested in fashion even though I was living in Iowa before the internet. The clothes I saw in magazines were not easy to find in rural 90’s America. I began fumbling my way through sewing patterns around age 12 and quickly learned that I would have to modify them to make them look the way I had in mind. I kept sewing my own clothes or customizing my thrift store finds into adulthood. If I had an idea for something I wanted to wear, I would make it. To me the process of customization was a natural way to make my own personalized and one of a kind wardrobe.
I started to teach sewing because I was asked by friends and acquaintances who also wanted to enjoy the process of making a one of a kind closet. This was 20 years ago, giving my first “lessons” in college to my girlfriends who wanted to sew their own clothes like me. Sewing is an essential life skill. It helps our garments function better, fit better, and serve us in our personal expression.
about Private lessons
We all have different goals and objectives in our sewing, so I teach in private lesson format. I’ve learned over the years of teaching group classes that students sew at their own pace, some preferring to work fast, while others taking their time. We all learn the process differently, which made me come to the conclusion that private lessons would help students reach their goals faster, without having to wait on others to catch up or wait for the perfect class to appear for what they want to learn.
my professional background
I’ve worked as a sewing professional over the past 20 years, developing one of a kind clothing collections for sale. My first business was at 16, when I designed, sewed, and sold dolls on the internet. My next business was at age 22, a one of a kind clothing line hand printed and sewn in New Orleans during the emergence of DIY design and Etsy. I am a trained visual artist with a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I have worked as a professional seamstress in film and television, notably working as a stitcher for Pitch Perfect 2 and the television show Underground season 1. I have worked as a tailor’s first hand picking up interesting pattern making methods, learning alteration and fit methods from industry professionals, as well as streamlined production secrets for efficient and professional sewing. I’ve also produced and curated fashion shows for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and spent 2 years in each spring and summer season creating runways shows and presentations for my clothing collections in New Orleans.