Marie Banville

Marie B.

Glendale, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been sewing for over 30 years and teaching for over 13 years. I am a Fashion Design graduate (FIDM) and can teach sewing, sewing machine care and basics, fabric cutting, using a pattern, pattern alterations, or pattern drafting, and draping.

I can also teach how to choose the proper fabric for your projects, and the different finishing techniques for hems.

I can customize the class to your needs and interests. I can teach you the making of garments, costumes, or home decoration items, or garment alterations.

It's up to you! I can't wait to teach you how to be proficient with your machine, and hand sewing.
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Marie teaches



Marie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
October 1995

***NOTE: I am moving soon, so I will not take any new long term student. If you need only one or a few lessons for a specific technique, or project, I can still be of assistance.***

I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator.

My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a great knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line.

I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays.

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.

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Fashion Designer/Seamstress
Apr 2016 - Present

I have been working as a freelance designer, making garments, from patterns all the way to sewing the samples for a children's line start-up.

I am currently working on a capsule contemporary line for women's . I am also developing a small accessories collection for women made of recycled vintage kimonos, and exotic fabrics.

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Sewing Teacher
Nov 2015 - Present

I am providing private sewing lessons to adults and children.
I have helped some students with their home decoration projects, and helped two students design and make their dog clothing line.

I have a long-term students that want to learn how to make their own garments, adjust their patterns, or make their own designs and patterns.

I have been teaching beginner sewing lessons to kids, including how to use and thread their sewing machine, and make fun projects from stuffed animals to clothing.

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Senior Digital Training Specialist
Oct 1997 - Aug 2007
Walt Disney Animation Studio

I assed the training needs of productions, and designed, and taught customized lessons for all of the animation departments on commercial software such as Maya, Photoshop, Harmony, and Shake.

I worked with the software department to write documents and tutorials for their proprietary software, and taught group classes, and one-on-one as needed on different productions. I trained new employees so they can get up and running with in-house software and plug-ins. I also trained traditional Animators to animate on the computer.

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Training Specialist
Jan 1997 - Sep 1997
National Animation and Design Center (Canada)

Taught one-on-one classes for industry professional in Montreal. Trained game animators at the late game company Psygnosis in Liverpool (later SCE Studio Liverpool).

Training Specialist
Oct 1995 - Dec 1996
Softimage (Canada)

Developed Softimage's training material and turorials. Lead trainers training and certification sessions in Asia for Softimage vendors in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Tokyo, Japan, as well as in Los Angeles, Atlanta and at Vancouver Film School.

Ink and Paint Artist/ Colorist/ Color Models
Jan 1987 - Dec 1995
Pascal Blais Studio, Michael Mills Studio, Cinar (Canada)

Worked freelance: painted animation cells, creating color models, mixed paints and did the color check for various animated TV commercials and animated series episodes (The Little Lulu Show).

Ink and Paint Lead
Jun 1993 - May 1994
CineGroupe (Canada)

Supervised the scanning and computer Ink and Paint day team.
Input camera moves in the Xsheet and integrated layers of 3D renders with 2D drawings using PixiBox Pegs on an animated television show "L'Aventure de L'Écriture".


AA Fashion Design
Sep 2000 - Jul 2002
Fashion Institute of Design and Mercandising
Certificate in Computer Animation for Film and Television
Jan 1995 - Sep 1995
National Animation and Design Center, Montreal, Canada


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Life Coaching Certification
Mar 2014
Life Mastery Institute

21 Reviews

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Theresa Jun 19, 2018
Sewing · In studio

A very patient and knowledgeable teacher

Leilani May 23, 2018
Sewing · In home

She’s really easy to work with, very knowledgeable, just a pleasure.

Diane Jacobs Apr 18, 2018
Sewing · In home

Great lesson and I learned a lot!

Jean W. Mar 10, 2018
Sewing · In studio

I was happy to work with Marie for several reasons. She was flexible with her time and saw me as soon as she could. I am an experienced sewer but she was helpful to work with me to better understand the alteration questions that I brought to her. I highly recommend her as she is a good communicator, skillful and easy to work with.

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Blake Nov 16, 2017
Sewing · In studio

Marie was an amazing teacher! Besides the fact that we got to speak in French, her instruction was easy to follow and her breadth of knowledge was apparent. i wasnt her student for an extremely long period (as my work schedule got very hectic) but I'd go back no questions. 5 stars. thanks Marie!

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Carling S. Sep 11, 2017
Fashion Design · In home

very good

Ashlyn Jul 8, 2017
Sewing · In home

Marie did a great job of working with my 12 year old daughter. She was quickly able to adjust to the skill level necessary to help my daughter continue to grow her sewing skills!

Anthony Jun 14, 2017
Sewing · In studio

Marie really took the time to understand what i wanted to do, and worked with me to develop a custom lesson plan to help achieve my goals. I really enjoy working with her!

Kevin Gust May 25, 2017
Sewing · Online

Demi Apr 6, 2017
Fashion Design · In studio

Great teacher!!

Jaclyn H. Apr 3, 2017
Sewing · In studio

Marie was great!

Deborah M. Feb 16, 2017
Sewing · Online

Marie is great explaining any sewing questions that one may have. She takes her time to ensure that the student understands and will answer any questions. I selected her because of her background and I knew she would be a great instructor for me. She understands my idea and is willing to see that I accomplish my goal.

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Brigitte S. Aug 21, 2016
Sewing · In studio

Marie is exactly what I was looking for. She is very professional, was able to answer all my questions. She is a perfect match for my needs. Looking forward to the next lesson

Liliana C. Aug 5, 2016
Sewing · In studio

Marie is great, very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend her.

Eric G. May 17, 2016
French · Online

I worked with Marie for 5 months, twice a week, learning French. She was an excellent teacher! She was always prepared, and was patient and kind as she helped me to greatly improve my French. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their French skills.

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Emily Y. Apr 17, 2016
French · In home

Very good first lesson with my 9 year old. She really liked Marie and is very excited to continue with her lessons.

Sarayu Apr 12, 2016
Sewing · Online

Great experience

Leo S. Mar 26, 2016
Fashion Design · In studio

I have had three lessons now with Marie bad they have all been excellent!

Eric G. Jan 8, 2016
French · Online

It was a great first session! She was easy to work with, and her instructional techniques worked very well! I was very pleased, and greatly look forward to future sessions!

Glenda S. Nov 12, 2015
· In studio

Marie was a great teacher. She was patient and gave instructions that were easy to understand. She was easily able to answer any questions I had about my project. I am looking forward to my next class.

Negen Z. Nov 9, 2015
Fashion Design · In home

Marie Is A Professional teacher!

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