Dear ASDP Board
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?
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.
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
Less than 5 years
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.
How to expand my business.
Completing gowns for women and seeing their faces light up with joy with the results.
Contract work out and/or expand my social networking to build a brand.
I offer shortcut zipper replacements.
In 2020, Jennifer Varner launched That Sew Fits by Jen, out of her original business in 2007, That Sew Fits!. Sewing has been a passion for Jennifer since the age of 12. For Jennifer, creating garments is a blend of creative problem solving, technical skill, and sculpting with textiles! Refashioning garments and making ideas come to life through custom sewing services is on the top of her list as most rewarding but Jennifer enjoys using her skills as a tailor to alter and repair clothing. Sewing education, clothing preservation and restoration, and textile waste reduction are other important focuses of her business.
Professional Tailor and Seamstress
What goals do you have for your business in the next 5 years?
My goal is to open a community sewing space that meets more than just the sewing needs of customers. I want to have in house childcare, small cafe, and alterations along with the community sewing space. This business model is based on the home-welcoming, meeting needs, and learning together.
I have been in business now for almost one year. I am a part of a great community and am looking forward to expanding soon! I have new product ready to go online and am in the beginning stages of building curriculum and finding a place to start sewing classes.
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