Dear ASDP Board
Bianca Raimo is a student at FIT in NYC working on opening a shop within the next year.
Where can people find you?
I have not set up my shop or social media yet, it is in the works.
How long have you been sewing professionally?
Less than 5 years
What is something that you have always wanted to learn?
President of the Home Décor Learning Center (HDLC), opened her business in June of 2012. For more than thirty years, Rachel has been doing custom dressmaking, alterations, and many unusual projects including costumes and other specialty items as well as home décor.
Rachel learned upholstery under the instruction of Master Journeyman and Teacher, Siegfried Wroebel through the Mt. Diablo Adult Education program. In 2007 she was asked to teach the upholstery class at Mt. Diablo Adult Education and Acalanes Adult Education. When these programs were discontinued, the concept of the HDLC was developed in response to the community's need for upholstery classes. There is no other business quite like the HDLC, making it a unique place for students to learn upholstery, home décor sewing and have space to work on their projects.
Rachel is a long-time member of the American Sewing Guild (ASG), having served as Chapter President, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and Fundraising Chair over the years. She is also a previous member of ASDP.
Rachel, through HDLC, aspires to teach people to become self-sufficient in creating interior design projects to decorate their homes, customize autos, boats, and RV’s and prepare those students who wish to pursue a career in the industry. She enjoys teaching and watching the accomplishments and satisfaction of students realizing they have produced a quality project.
With the advent of COVID, HDLC was forced to close its doors in 2020. Rachel is now in a period of redefining what she wants to do going forward.
Pricing, Better Marketing, improve social media skills, tambour beading (just for fun), any new techniques in sewing and fitting, approaches to writing.
What is your favorite task to do in your business?
Sewing, seeing students "get it", seeing an idea actually materialize.
What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?
Gain more brand recognition, be more profitable, define which I like to do best, find/train someone to replace me, write a book on Upholstery.
What else should we know about you or your business?
I started teaching upholstery in 2008, and I am now sewing home decor in addition to garments.
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Jennifer Wiese is founder of Workroom Social, a Brooklyn, NY-based sewing studio. At Workroom Social, we teach adults how to sew clothes that fit their unique styles and individual body shapes + sizes. Through sewing we build communities, stimulate creativity, & help improve women’s self-esteem & confidence by empowering them to sew the clothes they want to wear. Together we learn from each #sewingfail & celebrate every #sewingwin, no matter how small. We use our shared passion for sewing to connect with those we might not meet otherwise, & we create opportunities for our students to develop relationships that go far beyond sewing itself.
Jennifer believes that every woman can lead a joyful, creative, & confident life. She knows that sewing your own clothes (& wearing these you-made clothes) is a surefire way to cultivate these things every day.
Do you work alone?
I work alone most of the time, but I do hire contractors sometimes for events and other needs.
What professional title do you use?
I never know what title to use. Founder, owner, CEO, educator...I wear all the hats, but never quite know how to refer to my job position.
I love learning new things always! And I actively work to learn new things constantly. Not sure if there's something specific that I can point to at this time.
Running my large-scale retreats. I love logistics!
In 5 years time I hope to have a library of digital sewing patterns for sale, a popular YouTube channel, and 4 large-scale retreats running annually (currently I have 1 retreat that runs annually).
Right now I am focused on building my company's YouTube channel.
LinkedIn Jennifer Wiese
Throughout my career I've been a Designer and Illustrator creating product lines for women's and men's uniforms and retail apparel. I've managed a Wardrobe Department and taught Fashion Illustration, Fashion Design, Technical Design, Merchandising, Clothing Construction and CAD Pattern Drafting at the Art Institute.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Otis/Parsons and a Masters Degree in Retail Merchandising & Management.
I am now on the path of business ownership as I start my own sewing studio, Fashion Design and Sew Studio, a place where students learn all about sewing, design and illustration. It is also the studio where I create my collection.
Strategy, customer experience.
The goal of a self-sustaining business.
I am also a metal smith. I am designing accessories to compliment my apparel.
TikTok (this is still very new)
I have been sewing professionally for over 20 years. I specialize in alterations - especially bridal and formalwear and love the challenge of making a garment fit perfectly.
No, I have employees, contractors or coworkers
Seamstress, Alterations Specialist
Work with brides
Hire and teach to expand our business and have it continue after I retire.
We specialize in bridal alterations.
LinkedIn Amy Henson
MADE is a Seattle based apparel design and development company created to help designers bring their sewn product ideas into production.
Become proficient at pattern grading and alterations.
Oh, all of it!
To move to a retail location.
Nothing at this time, still in the early stages of growth.
Today we welcome Tiana Weidert! She is a Formal Member and is also a member of the ASDP Colorado Chapter. Tiana is Designer and seamstress for her company Mystia UNU Clothing.
Tiana, tells us about your business!
Mystia UNU Clothing is geared towards sustainable fashion that utilizes vintage and recycled fabrics to create modern styles.
Digitization of patterns, and tech packs
I love making custom patterns from design drawings, and pockets, closures and hand sewing.
I would like my clothing brand to be featured in boutiques, and to be making online sales.
I also do short runs of manufacturing and design consulting.
I work at sewBoise for fellow ASDP member Erin Retelle
I usually call myself a Sewist/sewing teacher, but am fine with whatever title makes sense to people
Altering tailored jackets.
To be a skilled pattern maker.
I recently learned about working with velveteen and a few new-to-me quick tailoring methods.
Green Door Creations is a boutique custom sewing shop and my strongest talents are taking a client's idea from pictures and ideas to creating a unique piece to wear or to use for home decor.
I have been sewing professionally for over 40 years and have created wedding gowns, dance outfits, party dresses, formal vests and custom dress shirts for men and women. I started with making doll clothes and doing repairs on my friends clothes when I was in middle school. Since then I have expanded to making costumes for live theatre, ComiCon, and Halloween. I make props and set dressings for theatre as well as memory pillows, flags and curtains for interior decorating in the home and also giant puppets, banners and altar dressings for churches. I can repair some camping gear and am able to clean, oil, repair and set the timing on sewing machines.
Safety and comfort is my number one concern. I am a BLM and LGBTQI+ ally and my pronouns are she/her. Until Covid-19 is completely behind us, I will always wear a mask, practice social distancing as much as possible and use hand sanitizer all during the fitting. My process is to first meet with you at a public location and talk with you about all the aspects of your project. Once we have a plan for moving ahead with your project, I will work with you out of the comfort of your own home (or where ever you choose).
I look forward to projects of constructing a special occasion piece from scratch, altering a piece of clothing or home decor to give it new life or putting the finishing touches on a piece that has already been started. I am also happy to work through a pile of mending that you might have sitting around (for longer than you care to admit?) or to repurpose a piece that you just can't bear to part with yet.
Couture pattern drafting and tailoring
Taking a client's idea into a wearable garment.
To make enough money to bring in half of my family income.
I am now a certified sewing repairperson
I am certified in Professional Alterations. I work at home doing alterations and other sewing projects for friends, neighbors, and word of mouth referrals. I also freelance as an on-set tailor for local TV/Commercial/Film. I would like to make my at home business more professional and also freelance on sets more often.
Sometimes, but I also freelance on commercial/tv/film sets
Seamstress, on set tailor...those are the ones I use, but I'm not particular about what people call me.
Professional Wedding Dress fitting
To work more consistently and to continue to grow my sewing skills.
I have had some opportunities to sew for wardrobe stylists and production designers on TV, film, and commercials. I love the exciting pace and the variety of sewing projects.
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