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maria J.

Oakland, CA

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maria delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 10+

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Hello! My name is Maria and I love fashion! I have been in the clothing and fashion industry for 20 years. My knowledge of sewing and construction is vast. I have taught since 2010 and love sharing my skills with students who have an interest in sewing and/or fashion.

A little bit about my education:

I graduated from NYU with an undergrad degree in History, received an associates degree from Sotheby's in London for 19th and 20th century decorative arts, received an associates degree from the Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion in San Francisco in pattern making and design.

Presently, I am an owner/designer of a company called Calliope. We have been making fashion accessories which are all produced in Oakland for the last eight years.

I would love the opportunity to share and teach what I have learned over the years. I am a good listener and have clear communication in an easy and relaxed setting.

I care deeply about the environment, especially the animals and my business and life reflect that passion. All of the products I create are vegan and our fabrics are thoughtfully sourced so as to leave as little "footprint" as possible. I care about putting beautiful and thoughtful products into the marketplace.

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Sep 2010 - Present
Private business


Associates Degree in Patternmaking
Sep 1996 - Jun 1998
Louise Salinger Academy of Fashion
Bachelor of Liberal Arts
Sep 1989 - Jun 1992
New York University


Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

On location for a photo shoot


Photo Shoot for Spring 2018

Apron crossback dress and envelope crossbody purse.

Getting ready to measure and cut!

Time to stitch
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3 Reviews

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Courtney Mar 12, 2018
Sewing · In studio

Maria is a fantastic pattern maker and sewing teacher! She was able to make a pattern out of my existing garment without taking it apart and walked me through all the steps of re-creating the item. Not only is she very knowledgable, she is also a great teacher and was able to explain things to me so I could retain them and practice on my own. I was completely new to sewing and she patiently answered all my questions and made sure I was comfortable with the different stitches. She also taught me how to setup and use my new sewing machine! Maria is a very down to earth and easy going person; it was really fun chatting during our lessons. I will definitely be back for more lessons!

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Julia Feb 13, 2018
Sewing · In studio

Maria was a very thoughtful and thorough instructor. I would definitely take another class with her!

Amy Sep 13, 2017
Sewing · In studio

Maria is a talented designer whose products show quality craftsmanship and thoughtful attention to detail. She is a calm and patient presence when teaching, even amidst a group of chaotic pre-teen girls as my daughters can attest! Maria makes quality choices with her fabrics and materials, making sure they are both beautiful and non-harmful to nature. You will love working with her!

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