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  • 08/23/2021 9:00 AM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Audrey Clark

    Formal Member

    Welcome Audrey! Will you share about your sewing business?

    I began sewing in elementary school and haven't stopped since. After completing an apprenticeship focusing on formal wear alterations I hit the ground running and opened Rose Fine Alterations. I come from a long line of seamstress' including my great great grandmother Rose. Her name and legacy inspired my business and I love following in her footsteps.

    What professional title do you use?

    Seamstress but I am not attached to any particular title.

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    Less than 5 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    How to price well.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Working with lace. I absolutely love it. Lace hems are my favorite!

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    Move from taking all types of alterations to just brides, maids, and prom.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    Hopefully next bridal season (spring 2022) I will be carrying custom-made accessories!

    Website rosefinealterations.square.site

    Facebook Rose Fine Alterations

    Instagram @rosefinealterations


  • 08/23/2021 9:00 AM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Terry Braddy

    Formal Member

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    20+ years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Color forecasting, not wardrobe or image consulting

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Creativity, fashion sustainability

    Do you work alone? How can people find you?

    I have a home studio, but am not seeking customers. Re: social media- I am a conscientious objector, use it for outgoing business only

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    Stay retired


  • 08/16/2021 9:00 AM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Mackinley Motzer ~ Oregon Chapter

    Formal Member

    Welcome Mackinley! Tell us about your sewing business.

    Specializing in custom sewing, alterations, and lessons, my mission as the Fibrarian is to take my clients’ dreams and make them “sew”. It is my intent to be the magician behind the machine; to take every detail into consideration and bring the idea to fruition.

    In the world of sewing, my primary niche lies in the realm of interior design/home decor.

    My other preferred sewing avenues include cosplay, product creation, alterations (both client and contractual work), and wholesale orders for local businesses.

    What professional title do you use?

    I refer to myself as the Fibrarian in an effort to encompass all aspects of my practice. I am a fiber artist, seamstress, teacher, and alterations specialist. The only title I do not enjoy would be "crafter".

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    As it's been said many times before, "we don't know what we don't know". I am always excited at the opportunity to learn from those in my sewing community.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    I love to take my clients' dreams and make them "sew". It is my pleasure to bring their dream to physical fruition and share the creative journey with them.

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    It is my goal to move my home studio into a brick-and-mortar location in order to expand my offerings, especially in the realm of teaching.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I recently celebrated one year as an LLC in June! While I've been sewing for 15 years and a few of those years professionally, this last year was my first as a full-time Fibrarian.

    Website woobiesewing.com

    Instagram @Woobie_the_Fibrarian

    Facebook Mackenzie Motzer

  • 07/02/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Bianca Raimo

    Student Member

    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?

    Fashion illustration


  • 06/25/2021 12:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Rachel Myers ~ Concord, California

    Formal Member

    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.

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    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.

    Website homedecorlc.com

    Email rachelm@homedecorlc.com  ramyers@ix.netcom.com

  • 06/04/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Jennifer Wiese ~ Brooklyn, New York

    Formal Member

    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.

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    10-15 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    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.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Running my large-scale retreats. I love logistics!

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    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).

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    Right now I am focused on building my company's YouTube channel.

    Website workroomsocial.com

    Youtube @workroomsocial

    Instagram @workroomsocial

    Twitter @workroomsocial

    LinkedIn Jennifer Wiese

  • 05/21/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Juliana Davidsmeier ~ Boise, Idaho

    Emerging Member

    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.

    Do you work alone?

    Yes

    What professional title do you use?

    Designer

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    10-15 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Strategy, customer experience.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Design, create

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    The goal of a self-sustaining business.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I am also a metal smith. I am designing accessories to compliment my apparel.

    Website fashiondesignandsewstudio.com

    Instagram @fashiondesignandsewstudio

    TikTok (this is still very new)



  • 05/14/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Amy Henson ~ Ligonier, Pennsylvania

    Formal Member

    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.

    Do you work alone?

    No, I have employees, contractors or coworkers

    What professional title do you use?

    Seamstress, Alterations Specialist

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    20+ years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Networking, marketing

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Work with brides

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    Hire and teach to expand our business and have it continue after I retire.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    We specialize in bridal alterations.

    Website fittingroomligonier.com

    Instagram @TheFittingRoomLigonier

    Facebook @TheFittingRoomLigonier

    LinkedIn Amy Henson

  • 05/14/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Heather Zager ~ Renton, WA

    Formal Member

    MADE is a Seattle based apparel design and development company created to help designers bring their sewn product ideas into production.

    Do you work alone?

    No, I have employees, contractors or coworkers

    What professional title do you use?

    Owner

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    5-10 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Become proficient at pattern grading and alterations.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Oh, all of it!

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    To move to a retail location.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    Nothing at this time, still in the early stages of growth.

    Website MADEApparelServices.com

    Instagram @MADEApparelServices

    Facebook @MADEApparelServices

    LinkedIn @MADEApparelServices

  • 05/07/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Tiana Weidert ~ Longmont, Colorado

    Formal Member

    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.

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    10-15 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Digitization of patterns, and tech packs

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    I love making custom patterns from design drawings, and pockets, closures and hand sewing.

    What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?

    I would like my clothing brand to be featured in boutiques, and to be making online sales.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I also do short runs of manufacturing and design consulting.

    Website MystiaUNUclothing.com

    Instagram @mystia_clothing

    Twitter @mystiaunu

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