Melissa Quijano

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY
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Lesson Details

Sewing

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
My sewing curriculum is designed so that first time learners will feel motivated to keep on sewing. The first three projects are usually completed within the first 3-4 lessons. After learning how to operate the student's machine, together we will make a draw string bag, a skirt (for a doll, for a student or someone else) and a stuffed animal. These first three projects lay an important foundation; students learn basic and useful skills they will use over and over again as they begin to choose their own projects that we work on together.

I believe that if the student- whether a child or an adult- enjoys sewing and sees what they are capable of from the start, they will be more eager to learn more and take on new challenges.

Currently developing sewing worksheets for children.
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About

Melissa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 9+

Teaching since:
September 2007

Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a fashion design and sewing teacher on Staten Island. I have been teaching children and adults how to sew since 2014. I've been sewing since I was a child, and I've been teaching since 2007.

I am mostly self-taught, and that, coupled with my youth, gives me a unique perspective when teaching. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson- almost all of my students finish the first hour with a handy drawstring bag to keep their new sewing supplies in. I have a specific sewing curriculum for the first 3-5 lessons that helps lay a groundwork for making more exciting things.

After we finish those steps, I work individually with students to make whatever they would like, from Halloween costumes to memory pillows to peplum tops. The choice is yours. I'm not the kind of teacher that is going to make you spend hours mastering a straight hem because frankly, that's really boring. I want you to learn while working on projects you care about

My experience includes;

-I worked in a tutoring school teaching kids from ages 5-17 in all subjects.
-I designed a program called Creative Studios for creative writing, fashion design and fine art. I taught these subjects to students aged 8-12.
-I teach sewing and fashion design (including fashion drawing) to various students in a one on one format.
-I teach fashion design and sewing to tweens, teens, and adults at SI Dance and Arts Center
-I am a resident costumer for Sundog Theatre.
-I taught at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund Saturday Academy
-I am pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Education in Social Studies


Please note that I am located in Staten Island, NY. I may be able to accommodate some Brooklyn students, but please inquire before booking. I have locations in 10306 and 10309 that can accommodate students if you don't wish to learn in home.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, four sewing machines, 2 professional mannequins, and a closet full of fabric and notions!

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Experience

Fashion Design Teacher
Jan 2017 - Present
Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Teach fashion design and sewing to middle school aged children. Create curriculum and lessons.

Costume Resident
Apr 2016 - Present
Sundog Theatre

Design, gather, sew, and maintain costumes for Sundog Theatre. Worked on Waiting for Godot, 2016, at Wagner College.

Instructor
Apr 2016 - Present
Jobs Plus

Help adults learn to use computers and write resumes.

Director of Fashion Design
Aug 2015 - Present
Staten Island Dance and Arts Center

Teach fashion design and sewing to children and adults. Create curriculum.

Editorial Manager
Mar 2015 - Mar 2016
Family Publications

Editorial for children trip venues

Managing Editor
Aug 2012 - Feb 2015
Biz-e-News

Reported and wrote on business topics while managing a team of writers.

Tutor
Feb 2014 - May 2014
Booksmart Inc

Tutored children (k-12) in all subject areas.

Reporter
May 2012 - Dec 2012
Staten Island Advance

Education

Master's of Adolescent Education in Social Studies
May 2017 - Present
College of Staten Island
BFA Creative Writing
Aug 2012 - Present
Brooklyn College
Fashion Illustration (no degree)
Nov 2016 - Nov 2016
Fashion Institute of Technology
Pattern Making (no degree)
Jun 2016 - Jun 2016
Essie Couture School of Fashion
Fashion Design (no degree)
Jan 2009 - Jun 2009
Parsons the New School for Design

Languages

German
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Best in Borough in Fiction/Drama
May 2011
Random House

Photos & Videos

If you ever wondered how your sewing machine works, check out this short video that illustrates exactly how the threads work together.
Photo by Melissa Q.

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Photo by Melissa Q.

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Photo by Melissa Q.

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Photo by Melissa Q.

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One of my more recent creations- a Renaissance Faire costume!

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9 Reviews

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Kathy Sep 6, 2017
Sewing · In home

very patient with me!

Laura Jul 19, 2017
Sewing · In studio

My daughter loves the classes and is crazy about Melissa.

Janelle I. Sep 23, 2016
Sewing · In home

Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.

Joanie Galestro May 3, 2016
Sewing · In home

Melissa was great! Patient, informative and I love my first project!

Luke S. Jan 13, 2016
Sewing · In home

Excellent, she is fantastic. She works very well with my 8 yo son.
I was very impressed when I came home and saw the bag my son had made under her guidance. She also helped to figure out what was wrong with our sewing machine and got it working right away.

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Moises C. Aug 27, 2015
Writing · In home

nothing but good things to say about melisa very help full person to work with I hope we can still do businesses together...

Connie A. Aug 27, 2015
Sewing · In home

My niece loved her. Easy going patient and knowledgable on time would say excellent

Holly Jul 8, 2015
Sewing · In home

Melissa is the perfect instructor for my 8 year old daughter. Melissa taught her the basics of a sewing machine and by the end of the lesson she made 2 items and was delighted. She is patient and sweet and my daughter can't wait for her next lesson.

Cristine V. Mar 25, 2015
Sewing · In home

I highly recommend this instructor. She was very pleasant every time she came over & she helped my 13 yr old enormously. My daughter already had some sewing skills & Melissa helped her with new ideas & ways to make pants & skirts.

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