- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
My background includes a BA in Fashion Design, specializing in couture and beadwork. I began shipping thrift stores in the early 70s and tweaking my funds.
I have been pressed to find sewing courses or TV shows that cater to anyone interested in high fashion, modern style or current trends.
I also spent many years in the interior design business in San Diego, San Francisco and NYC specializing in slipcovers, upholstery and soft furnishings as well as carpentry.
Whatever your passion in reference to textiles be it fine handwork, tailored pieces, repurposed, vintage, funky or select items for the home, I can guide you through it and help
You put your own style and personal stamp on your work.
- Teaches students:
- and Ages 4+
- Teaching since:
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.
Remodeling, furniture, carpentry, upholstery, sewing services in the NYC area and Hampton's
Subcontractor for interior designers in soft furnishings San Francisco area
Made soft furnishings for interior designers San Diego area
Mostly altered wedding dresses for bride to be, hand ornamenting of pearls, beads, crystals to gowns and headpieces
Made samples of first time patterns to be added to line for marketing and presentation sales.
All clothing was leather and suede