Leslie Slavens

Leslie S.

East Hampton, NY
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Leslie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 4+

Teaching since:
2016

Inspired by hours paging through the French Vogue with my grandmother who would read the text for me and tell me about all the designers and what made each of them special, I set my sights on Fashion Design at the age of 9. I studied sewing throughout high school and then went on to get a degree in Clothing/Costume design at Brooks College of Design in Los Angeles and apprenticed under the beading master to Hollywoods Costumers (Bob Mackie, Nolan Miller) and learned a rare and dying art of French Embroidery beadwork.
After years working for designers making everything from leather/suede beaded evening gowns for the Country Music Awards to wedding dresses I slowly became more interested in Interiors and soft furnishings. I became a subcontractor for Interior Designers in San Diego and later San Francisco and continued such work in New York. Later I added carpentry to my list of skills and became a Green remodeler until the Crash.
Today I most enjoy being free to follow my whims. I like to refurbish old furniture, upholster, slipcover and also do the same with clothing. I love vintage and vintage inspired clothes as well as anything finely made. I imagined being a couturier and costume designer for Broadway, but alas I am a humble artisan in my free time only.
I am not a quilter or crafter, but I can do it if required. I prefer detailed handwork, funnily, whimsical or high fashion sewing.
I enjoy helping people with beginning to advanced projects and can bring the classroom to you.

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Experience

Carpenter/seamstress/Design
Apr 2006 - Present
Georgie Girl

Remodeling, furniture, carpentry, upholstery, sewing services in the NYC area and Hampton's

subcontractor
Sep 1995 - Jul 2002
LSD-Leslie S. Designs

Subcontractor for interior designers in soft furnishings San Francisco area

Subcontractor
Jun 1995 - Aug 1998
Dragonfly Mercantile

Made soft furnishings for interior designers San Diego area

Seamstress/hand sewer
Feb 1988 - Oct 1989
La Jolla Bridal

Mostly altered wedding dresses for bride to be, hand ornamenting of pearls, beads, crystals to gowns and headpieces

Sample Maker
Jul 1986 - Jan 1988
Gossamer Wings

Made samples of first time patterns to be added to line for marketing and presentation sales.
All clothing was leather and suede

Education

Fine Art/Painting
Sep 1990 - Jun 1995
San Francisco City College
BA Clothing Design
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986
Brooks College of Design, Long Beach CA

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Celestial/Brocade and velvet top and jewelry

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A chair and pillows I upholstered and made for H C & G magazine Breast Cancer awareness issue/Custom Cool

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An Asian inspired slipcover for my Indian friend.

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A simple and fun winter accessory. Faux fur collar with beaded clasp or tie

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My latest reworking of the nail room at Scarlett Rose, Sag Harbor. Cushions, pillows, bolsters

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A fun and funky way to create a headboard where there isn't one.

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One of the many slipcovers I have made for various clients over the years. This in cotton duck.

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A dress I made with the reverse side of Custom Cool cotton fabric for a summer weathered look.

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Pillows and trims made for Custom Cool Rugs
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