Shella Murphy

Shella M.

Arvada, CO
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I would Love to Help Beginners Sewers Travel Back in Style by Learning how to sew Vintage Patterns (No Time Traveling Necessary to Bring back the Glamorous Styles of Yesterday, Today- So Hop in the Rumbleseat and-Discover the lost art of Vintage Sewing so that You to can Make it Sew!

My Background:
I love to Sew Vintage Styles and have been Sewing for over 40 years. As a Seamstress creating
Designer Samples for Manufacture, and Vintage Style Couture. I've also worked creating Custom Home Decor.
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Shella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 13+ and males 0

Teaching since:

Do you Love Vintage/Retro Styles?I enjoy helping Beginners and One Level up Sewers Travel Back in Style by Learning how 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 pick up that needle and thread and Learn how to Sew Vintage? Or finally take that sewing machine out of the box and put it to good use? 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 a fun and inspiring experience.

During this course you will learn:
• all of the necessary Vintage sewing terminology & equipment
• how to read a Vintage commercial pattern and pick the perfect Pattern size for you.
• how to choose the right fabric for a garment
• how to identify fabric grain lines
• different types of stitches & seam finishes you can complete using a sewing machine!

You will complete one project:
PROJECTS Choices: Retro Apron, 50s Clutch bag (purse), 1950s hat

1 Level up Sewing Project: 1950s Summer Dress

I sew 1920s, 30s, 40s ,50s, 60s and 70s Styles and can Personalize the lesson to fit the Style Decade you are interested in.

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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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