Dear ASDP Board
Towanda Denise Foster calls herself a Part-time Alterations Specialist or Sewist. She considers herself to be a home sewist learning each day about new sewing techniques. She sees herself doing “just a little stitching 'n sewing”; she enjoys sewing, machine embroidery, crocheting, and most things crafty.
Towanda works at David's Bridal and has been sewing professionally for less than 5 years. She enjoys doing alterations and is learning about altering formal wear. Towanda would love to learn about altering and sewing wedding gowns; and is also very interested in tailoring. Her goal is to improve her knowledge and sewing skills in formal and bridal wear. She would like to learn how to create a business plan.
You can find Towanda on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn; look for her under Mrs Tee's Stitch 'n Sew and teestitch_n_sew.
Tammy Moreland is a Custom Fit Designer and has been sewing professionally for over twenty years. Her company name is Tambrian Designer, and she works from her home studio. She enjoys custom fit and design of evening wear and handbags, and plans to sew and design full time after retiring from her “secular” job.
Tammy gets most of her business from referrals by word of mouth. She reports that she will be “including teacher sewing class this fall; also an online website of custom items.” A new skill for her is designing custom handbags and custom umbrellas, and she’s always wanted to learn to quilt.
Tammy also enjoys spending time with her family especially her three grandchildren.
I am a sewing instructor who specializes in teaching couture techniques at Textile Fabrics in Nashville, TN. I host a weekly Sit and Sew class and help students, with fitting, pattern making, cutting, sewing, and finishing a garment. I also teach specialty classes once a month that are either related to pattern drafting or couture techniques and finishing.
What is something that you have always wanted to learn?
I would love to be able to study vintage couture clothing up close, such as a Vionnet, Dior or Balenciaga.
What is your favorite task to do in your business?
Pattern drafting and historical fashion research
What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?
I would like to travel and teach in more places. I would also like to continue meeting and learning from other professionals. Maybe even write a book on my favorite topics - bias and silk.
What else should we know about you or your business?
I have gained a lot of confidence in my ability to fit others. It's rewarding to me when my clients/students are so happy to have a dress that fits them well.
Website ~ www.emilymagli.com
Facebook ~ EmilyMagliClothing
Instagram ~ @emilymagli
ASDP welcomes Sewing Professional and Educator Linda!
Create and make interesting Jackets
To corporate my background and love of art into my creations
I am also a popular sewing educator at a local sewing machine dealer. I am a skilled embroidery digitizer. I sometimes incorporate embroidery into my work.
LinkedIn ~ Linda Colwell
Instagram ~ @Stitches62
Welcome to Cynthia!
My favorite jobs are custom apparel requests, and any sentimental projects where clients ask to rework an old wedding dress or repurpose a loved one's special garments.
I am seeking to build my couture techniques, and I would also like to improve my time-management as both an artist and business owner/manger as I balance admin tasks along with the creative and hands-on work.
My business's goal is to become recognized as the go-to standard for NJ's custom and alterations with an emphasis on bridal and special occasion. Personally, it is my goal to become recognized as a respected fashion professional known for my sewing skills and fashion expertise.
During the month of April, I will be offering walk-ins for prom alterations every Saturday during the hours of 10AM-3PM.
LinkedIn ~ Cynthia's Atelier LLC
Instagram ~ @cynthias_atelier
Sewing with leather
Draping and Designing
To build my skills as well as my online presence.
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
2885 Sanford Ave SW #19588, Grandville, MI 49418 ~ Toll-Free (877) 755-0303