Dear ASDP Board

  • 12/10/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Zelda Tuazama

    Emerging Member

    Image of New Emerging Member Zelda TuazamaZelda 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?

    Yes

    What professional title do you use?

    Sewing Professional

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    Less than 5 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    I want to earn the title of Master Sewing & Design Professional

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    I enjoy sewing soft furnishing items and formal/wedding dresses.

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

    I want to earn the recognition as a Master Sewing & Design Professional.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    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

  • 12/03/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Shawne Jacobs

    Formal Member

    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).

    Do you work alone?

    No, I have employees, contractors or coworkers

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    10-15 years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    CAD

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Sketch and work with brides

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

    I would like to bring back some of our production to the US.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    My business was founded in 1999 and I purchased the company in 2014. Our brand is recognized worldwide amongst the bridal community.

    Website  www.annebarge.com

    Instagram  @annebarge

    YouTube  Anne Barge

  • 11/08/2021 1:00 PM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Xiao-Yin Byrom

    Formal Member


    Welcome Xiao-Yin from Tang's Alterations!

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    20+ years

    Do you work alone?

    No, I have employees.

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    Always interested in Sewing Techniques

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    interfacing with customers/love being creative

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

    To develop more trained staff to allow me more free time.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    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


  • 10/12/2021 7:00 AM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Jacquelyne Robinson

    Emerging Member

    Please join me in welcoming Jacquelyne Robinson to ASDP!

    Jacquelyne is a Sewing Instructor who is building her new LLC. Sewing with JClarke, LLC offers a better understanding of design & sewing that helps elevate different groups of people than what we usually see in the fashion industry.

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    How to open my own sewing school.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    Teach kids that are financially challenged.

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

    My own sewing school with about 3 sewing instructors and a revolving door of students.

    What else should we know about you or your business?

    I offer basic sewing skills, pattern reading, fashion illustration (CAD), draping, and pattern construction.

    Check out Jacquelyne on social media! Like, comment, and share to help her expand her business reach.

    Instagram @sewingwithjclarkellc

    Facebook @jaccquelyne.clarke

    LinkedIn @jacquelyne-clarke

    Twitter @__jclarke__


  • 10/12/2021 7:00 AM | Jennifer Phillips (Administrator)

    Theresa Alexander

    Formal Member

    Let's welcome Theresa Alexander! 

    Theresa, tell us about yourself. (And why does your name sound familiar?)

    I have two roles in the fashion industry. First, I am an associate professor in the Fashion Management program at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. There, I specialize in teaching patternmaking (hand and digital, stretch and woven), pattern grading, illustration (hand and digital), technical drawing, and design.

    My second role is as an embroidery instructor and professional embroiderer for Elephant Embellishments, the company I co-own with my sister. We specialize in teaching both tambour and traditional hand embroidery. I took lessons at Ecole Lesage in Paris and am still taking lessons at the Japanese Embroidery Center in Atlanta, GA to further my professional skills.

    What professional title do you use?

    Associate professor or professional embroiderer (depending on role). I'm fine w/ my titles as I earned them.

    How long have you been sewing professionally?

    20+ years

    What is something that you have always wanted to learn?

    How to get better at machine repair and how to drive stick.

    What is your favorite task to do in your business?

    teach

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

    get more students

    Website ~ University - Fashion Management 

    Website ~ elephantembellishments.com


  • 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


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