Taryn Hipwell

Taryn H.

Tampa, FL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Experienced teacher of 20 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate/advanced sewing student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be sewing in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of stitches, techniques and understanding patterns for individual garments...and you may also choose to learn how to repurpose the clothes you already have to make them fresh again. Let's get started!

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

Teaching since:

Taryn studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for Anna Sui and milliner Tracy Watts.

Taryn first started teaching sewing to displaced youth at Hollywood Arts 10+ years ago. She taught "R'ashion" (recycle fashion/sewing) at Environmental Charter High School for 5 years. She headlines EcoFashion workshops all around the world including Zambia, South Africa, and recently at the Green School in Bali. Jack Johnson has donated leftover Tour T-shirts so she could do upcycling workshops at schools. And she's had the opportunity to teach celebrities how to sew at the EcoDivas Upcycling Lab at Sundance. (DJ Aoki was the most fun.)

She taught “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM for 7 years. She is the founder of Beyond the Label, a charitable organization that gets people to think about "What's in my tee?" She encourages people to think of fabric like ingredients and does whatever she can to relate food to fashion including making nutrition label T-shirts to show what's actually in the tee. Due to multiple allergies, you can learn healthy alternatives of what to put in and on your body.

She is on the Advisory Board for Fashion Revolution USA, and the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College AND LOVES TO NERD OUT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND HEALTHY FABRICS.

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Designer & Founder
Oct 2015 - Present
Beyond the Label

BtL is a charitable organization that addresses the question “What's in my tee?” to encourage shoppers to consider what their T-shirt is made of and how their purchase affects the world, workers and themselves.

Recycled Fashion Teacher (R'ashion)
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013
Environmental Charter High School

Taught high school students how to repurpose clothing into new looks, recycle found objects and trash into treasures, and how to illustrate ideas, create patterns, and sew together new looks from scratch.

Tracy Watts
Sep 1998 - May 2000
Millenary Assistant

SEPTEMBER 1998 - MAY 2000
Production: Cut, sample making, fit cowboy hats, fedoras, and knit hair accessories

Cutter and Construction Assistant
Sep 1996 - Sep 1999
Anna Sui

Production: Cut, sample making, quilt making, fitting, and worked with contractors


Social Enterprise Academy
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017
Sep 1993 - May 1997
The School of the Art Institute


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Slippery Rock - Scholarship Program
Jun 1992
Slippery Rock University


Fashion Group International
Jan 2016

The Fashion Group International is a global, non-profit, professional

organization with 5000 members in the fashion industry including

apparel, accessories, beauty and home.

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business

of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective

in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends

in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a

gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

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Photos & Videos

Beginner: What an opportunity to teach H&M employees how to upcycle secondhand clothes collected in store in I:CO textile recycle bins.

Lily, 6 & Lex, 12 wanted to learn how to sew. So, Lily hopped up on the table for a front row seat as Lex prepared to do a straight stitch.
Intermediate: 3 dresses that were designed, created and sewn by high school students at Environmental Charter High School
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4 Reviews

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Jonathan H. Jul 10, 2019
Sewing · Online

What a great teacher! Had a blast and learned a lot!

Ayesha Apr 7, 2019
Sewing · Online

Taryn is very knowledgeable about the craft and really very patience encouraging and research oriented. We had a great session almost wished it didn't end.

Jaimee Jun 26, 2018
Sewing ·

My 7 year old daughter had been asking to take sewing lessons for months. She's learned so much in a short amount of time. She’s learned both hand sewing and machine sewing techniques and is looking forward to her next lesson.

Bonny Jun 25, 2018
Sewing · Online

Taryn is incredibly patient, professional, knowledgeable, and fun. She’s answered all my questions and let me learn at my own pace. I get excited to complete sewing projects and then show them off to my friends.

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