Shella Murphy

Shella M.

Arvada, CO
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Shella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 12+ and males 0

Teaching since:

Do you Love Vintage/Retro Styles? I enjoy helping Beginners and Next Level Sewers Travel Back in Style by Learning Sewing Basics then progressing to sew Vintage Patterns (No Time Traveling Necessary to Bring back the Glamorous Styles of Yesterday) and Discover the lost art of Vintage Sewing. Classic Styles are always Timeless.

Are you Ready to Learn how to use a Sewing Machine? No Need to have your own Sewing Machine (one is provided) I will be helping you start with the basics and take you step by step through all the essentials to make learning to sew Vintage/Retro styles a fun and inspiring experience. Everything that you learn can easily be applied to Sewing Modern Styles. You Can Have a Unique Wardrobe. I am happy to help you take that next stitch and become an advanced Seamstress.

I teach Private lesson in my Home Studio, You Progress at your own pace. You choose the Decade you Love and I will customize each lesson just for you.

You will complete one project:
PROJECTS Choices: Retro Apron, 50s Clutch bag (purse), 1950s hat
(choose the Decade (1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 50s)you love and I will adapt lessons)

1 Level up/intermediate sewers: Sewing Project: 1950s Summer Dress Start to Finishing (choose the Decade 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s or 50s) that you love and I will adapt lessons.

*practice making buttonholes
*sewing zippers
*Detailed Top-Stitching
*Unique Details and more

***I also Teach Lessons in Authentic Cajun Cooking Methods-with a modern Healthy Blend of Seafood and Vegetarian it's listed as French Cooking. Please check out my List of Subjects that I teach if you are interested. I am Cajun and Grew up on the Bayous of Louisiana, where I learned to Cook Authentic Cajun Food from my Maw Maw (Grandma).

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Vintage Sewing Reproducer
Sep 1999 - Present
Rumbleseat Fashions

I find and reproduce Out of Print Rare Vintage Sewing Books/Information,Vintage Sewing patterns and supplies for creating Vintage Clothing. Some of my Customers have been: Pixar Animation, Producers of "Downton Abbey", Royal Opera of London, Theaters on Broadway New York, Co-Producers of "The Durrells in Corfu".

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Designer Decor Seamstress
Sep 1994 - Mar 1996
Homestead House

Designed and Created Decor for the Home, worked with Interior Decorators.

Designer Couture Sample seamstress
Jun 1991 - Aug 1994

I created Designer Samples for Manufacturer.


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Historical Couture Designer
May 2000
Covington Couture Institute

Learning Style History and Creating Dress Styles from that Era.


American Sewing Guild, The
Jan 2000

ASG is a membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Chapters are located in cities all across the country and members meet monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. Membership in the Guild gives you an opportunity to experience your love of any type of home sewing with others who share your interest.

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Cassandra Mar 14, 2019
Sewing · In home

Shella is a great instructor and is very diligent. Which is great because I had never used a sewing machine before. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to work up my skills with different projects in the future.

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