Dear ASDP Board
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.
What professional title do you use?
I prefer seamstress
What is something that you have always wanted to learn?
Pattern making and fitting patterns a little better.
What is your favorite task to do in your business?
Delivering finished wedding gowns and seeing the bride smile - or sometimes cry.
What goals do you have for your business (or yourself professionally) in the next 5 years?
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.
What else should we know about you or your business?
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
How long have you been sewing professionally?
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
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.
How to open my own sewing school.
Teach kids that are financially challenged.
My own sewing school with about 3 sewing instructors and a revolving door of students.
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.
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.
Associate professor or professional embroiderer (depending on role). I'm fine w/ my titles as I earned them.
How to get better at machine repair and how to drive stick.
get more students
Website ~ University - Fashion Management
Website ~ elephantembellishments.com
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.
Seamstress but I am not attached to any particular title.
How to price well.
Working with lace. I absolutely love it. Lace hems are my favorite!
Move from taking all types of alterations to just brides, maids, and prom.
Hopefully next bridal season (spring 2022) I will be carrying custom-made accessories!
Facebook Rose Fine Alterations
Color forecasting, not wardrobe or image consulting
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
2885 Sanford Ave SW #19588, Grandville, MI 49418 ~ Toll-Free (877) 755-0303