Dear ASDP Board
What is something that you have always wanted to learn?
Sewing with leather
What is your favorite task to do in your business?
Draping and Designing
What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?
To build my skills as well as my online presence.
What else should we know about you or your business?
Nothing at the moment. I put down sewing for a little while to finish my dissertation and now I am ready to move forward with my designs and sewing.
My love for sewing and design started when I was in junior high and I started my own business. I went on to earn degrees in Fashion Design from Purdue University and The Fashion Institute of Technology. I've worked with knitwear designers, specialized in lingerie at FIT and have extensive experience in bridal and formal wear. I got more training and added home décor to my business, but my true joy is working with apparel and teaching. While getting my masters at Miami University in Education, I was the Textiles and Clothing Construction Teaching Assistant. I fell in love with teaching and have since had hundreds of students of all ages in schools, stores, 4-H and home settings. I have a special passion for modifying and designing clothing for individuals who don't fit in ready to wear clothing, especially those with disabilities, which started with my own daughter. I volunteer many hours with all sorts of groups using my sewing knowledge from 4H to Cinderella's Closet altering formal wear for young ladies needing some assistance.
What professional title do you use?
Seamstress, Designer and Teacher. Because I also emphasize teaching it's important to included that title.
How long have you been sewing professionally?
Design or modify apparel for those with health issues or disabilities that don't allow them to fit into off the rack apparel. I have a daughter who is very medically fragile and I had to sew or modify most of her clothing from birth. I also love working with knits and formal wear and teaching others about textiles and sewing skills.
I'd like to get a grant or somehow get funding to allow me to work with people who need their wardrobe modified due to medical issues or disabilities. That population is often also low income so grants or financial assistance will be needed. I took a significant amount of time off sewing to teach HS full time and am just now coming back into making sewing/design my primary business. I also want to figure out how to make sewing as a business profitable and a living wage. I want to refine my target market and products. I also want to completely renovate my workspace and make it organized and efficient and a space I want to be in to work.
I have volunteered thousands of hours for so many charities sewing everything from full sized dinosaur Halloween costumes (dressing the dinosaurs), to making thousands of masks to altering formalwear for charities to making huge quilts with the children in a congenital heart defect camp. My passion is sewing things that cannot be purchased ready to wear. Making people feel confident and comfortable in their clothing. Preserving textile related memories and teaching others the arts of textiles and sewing.
I want to find grants to help me work with those with special needs for modified apparel.
Facebook ~ Melissa Klaassen, Seamstress, Designer and Teacher
YouTube ~ Melissa Klaassen
Julie Burnsides Diaz is a costumer and seamstress residing in Columbus Ohio. She graduated with her degree in Archaeology and went on to earn her Master's in Fashion History and Textile Conservation at FIT in New York. After several years in the museum field and in practice as a textile conservator, she founded her own business in 2015. She creates bridal wear, cosplay and historical costumes for clients on a commission basis and is always open to creative and technical challenges.
Seamstress or Costumer but I'm not picky
Grading and sloper drafting, especially plus sizes
Design and sourcing
Get back to full time work after having a child, launch a pattern line
Website ~ Snapdragon Designs www.snapdragondesign.net
Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women (WXN 2016), Karen's corporate executive career reached a pivot point during the pandemic crisis of 2020. Overwhelming stress and burnout led her back to her creative roots, to her third-generation-sewist heritage. In the mindful practice of design and construction she forged a new path, one that led to Fashion Design school and a vision for the future supporting sustainability through circular design. Karen looks forward to launching her new business following graduation this Summer.
I like there term "designer" or "re-designer". I also call myself a third generation sewist. My grandmother was called a "tailoress", my mother, a "seamstress". I would be flattered to be referred to by any of these names.
Minimizing waste through design
Coming up with new ideas - on either the business, or the sewing side.
I will graduate from Fashion Design school in June. My goal is to start my own independent design business incorporating the principles of circularity #makefashioncircular
I am very focused on the challenge of redirecting consumer desire to garments/objects that support circular design for fashion (as defined by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation) - moving away from take-make-waste to intentional design supporting 3 principles of eliminating waste and pollution, circulate products and materials, and regenerate nature.
Instagram ~ @fashion.re.designed
My mother was a home economics teacher and she taught me to sew approximately 50 years ago. I have loved it and have been sewing that long. Any other skills I have acquired since leaving home, have been self taught. I have been sewing as a business for about 7 years. I love my customers and I love sending them off happy.
I prefer seamstress
Pattern making and fitting patterns a little better.
Delivering finished wedding gowns and seeing the bride smile - or sometimes cry.
I think I would like to work a little faster - even though I work fairly fast. I would also like to develop some garment illustration and design.
My business is small, but I am extremely busy. I still offer sewing services for almost anything but the weddings are my main income. I enjoy sewing bags and have offered them in the past but I have shelved those for now.
Website ~ Lorriesalterations.weebly.com
Instagram ~ @lorraine.k.rogers
Welcome to new Emerging member Andrew!
Where can people find you?
Word of mouth (I'm just starting and only serve two families)
Tailor / Seamster
Less than 5 years
Wedding dress alterations.
Sewing difficult items to repair.
Obtain an Associate Degree in Apparel / Fashion Design.
I'm trying to have less of a carbon footprint; most of the time I'm using an electric scooter when visiting my customers. I'm also designing a backpack / garment bag so that I can transport clothes more effectively on the scooter.
Welcome to new student member Gia Chahal who calls themselves an "Enthusiast Creator".
Couture methods, start my own brand line.
Creating new garments, colors, brainstorming ideas
Start my own brand line, gain satisfactory knowledge/experience for this.
I would love to know about sourcing materials.
Zelda Tuazama is owner and operator of Dezigning Ideaz, a design and fabrication studio established in 2021 in Raleigh NC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Clothing Textiles and Fashion Merchandising from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro NC. The vision is to use skills, and abilities to bring joy and beauty into the lives of others through exquisite design, and sharing my passion for beauty through textiles.
Do you work alone?
I want to earn the title of Master Sewing & Design Professional
I enjoy sewing soft furnishing items and formal/wedding dresses.
I want to earn the recognition as a Master Sewing & Design Professional.
I have been sewing for family and friends for decades, but as I approach retirement from a 28 year career in higher education, I have decided to officially establish a business for this next phase in life.
Instagram @Dezigning Ideaz
Facebook @Dezigning Ideaz
Twitter Dezigning Ideaz
Shawne Jacobs serves as Creative Director of Anne Barge and President of its parent company, S. Jacobs, Inc. Her duties include leading the design, marketing, and business development of the bridal lines Anne Barge, Blue Willow Bride by Anne Barge, and Curve Couture as well as its evening wear line, Anne Barge Black Label.
Shawne began her career at Anne Barge in 2002, learning every aspect of the bridal business and honing her design skills under the tutelage of the company’s namesake, Anne Barge. Since assuming her role as Creative Director in 2014, Shawne continues to evolve the Anne Barge aesthetic of “modern classical” with new fabrics, details, and silhouettes. “Anne Barge designs are timeless and memorable,” noted Shawne. “Each gown is created to make a woman feel confident and beautiful.”
Originally from Kentucky, Shawne currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Steven Jacobs, and their three sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time outdoors with her family, exploring Atlanta’s vibrant restaurant and art scenes, and going to yoga. Shawne also supports charities dedicated to improving the environment, fighting hunger, empowering women, and helping children. Two organizations particularly close to her heart are CARE and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).
No, I have employees, contractors or coworkers
Sketch and work with brides
I would like to bring back some of our production to the US.
My business was founded in 1999 and I purchased the company in 2014. Our brand is recognized worldwide amongst the bridal community.
YouTube Anne Barge
Welcome Xiao-Yin from Tang's Alterations!
No, I have employees.
Always interested in Sewing Techniques
interfacing with customers/love being creative
To develop more trained staff to allow me more free time.
We are continuing to expand our Bridal Sales business as well as our roots in full-service alterations.
We have a great staff and great customers here in Manassas, Va. When not working I love to give back to the community through Rotary. Favorite hobby is hiking and travel and try to combine them when possible.
Websites ~ www.tangsalterations.com www.tangsbridal.com
Instagram ~ @Tangs_Alterations @TangsBridal
Facebook ~ Tang's Alterations Bridal and Bespoke
Pinterest ~ @TangsBridal
2885 Sanford Ave SW #19588, Grandville, MI 49418 ~ Toll-Free (877) 755-0303