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  • 02/26/2021 12:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Mimi Jackson ~ Hollis, New York

    Formal Member

    Mimi Jackson is a collaborative custom clothing designer and dressmaker who has owned her own custom clothing business since 1997. A native New Yorker, she studied fashion design at Fashion Institute of Technology, and later supplemented that training with costume design experience while studying at Washington University in St. Louis. As the creator of findadressmaker.com, (a dressmaker and sewing teacher referral website) she helps potential clients find appropriate sewing professionals to execute their projects. Her experiences working for the Butterick/Vogue pattern company, textile companies, high end designers, and wardrobe and costume for movie and television productions, have all fueled her insatiable appetite for many aspects of the custom sewing profession. As a member of the board of MSDP/MAS certification program, she hopes to help facilitate, inspire, encourage, and encourage other sewing and design professionals to pursue the mastery of their craft.

    What professional title do you use?

    Collaborative custom designer

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    20+ years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Bra-making.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Draping.

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

    To have an assistant.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I am the NYC tour leader for the American Sewing Guild once the pandemic lifts.

    Website mimijackson.com

    Website findadressmaker.com

    Website shopthegarmentdistrictnyc.com

    Instagram @shop_the_garment_district

    Facebook I Love My Dressmaker

    Facebook Shop the Garment District

  • 02/12/2021 12:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Anna Light ~ Lititz, Pennsylvania

    Emerging Member

    I'm Anna Light. I'm a patternmaker and draper for live theatre, television and film. I have a master's degree in costume production from Boston University. For the last 8 years I have been a draper for the New York City Ballet. I also work as an independent contractor for a variety of industries; making soft good props for Broadway shows, working as a tailor on photo and video shoots, tailoring and wardrobe maintenance for live musical performances as well as costuming for television and film productions. Recently, my family and I moved from NYC to Lititz, PA where I am working on establishing my tailoring business.

    What professional title do you use?

    Draper, tailor, patternmaker.

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    10-15 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Small business marketing, pattern grading, technical design for fashion.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Patternmaking and construction

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

    I'd like to purchase a house that will allow for a dedicated professional studio and fitting space, develop a strong marketing & adverting plan and buy an industrial blind hemmer, coverstitch and serger.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I am transitioning from my career in NYC working for NYC Ballet and TV/Film to starting and operating my own small business in Lititz, PA. I am hoping to find a balance between my tailoring and costume business and raising my 5-year-old son. It's important to me to keep in touch with my professional contacts and to stay relevant in the costuming industry even though I am no longer working in a major metropolitan area.

    Website annalight.com

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