Vena Hsiao

Vena H.

New York, NY
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am offering industry level patternmaking and sewing classes that cater to your needs. Whether you are a beginner who wants to start sewing or advanced level that you want to polish your skills or to start your clothing line, I can help you with all aspects of subjects that you want to learn. I teach hands-on patternmaking and sewing skills used in the industry and garment production know-how if you want to start your line. Classes include in-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, basic and advanced sewing, and production patternmaking. I help my students at different levels to achieve their goals.

About Vena H.

I'm a Parsons graduate and fashion designer has been working in NYC for more than 10 years. I worked at Zac Posen, DKNY, Elie Tahari, BLK DNM, Victoria's Secret...etc. My specialty is patternmaking, draping, tailoring, sewing, and fitting. I have a great passion for teaching and extremely patient. The courses provide the best quality and hands-on sewing skills used in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch or alter your clothes to fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step.

Classes Provide:
- In-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, sewing, and patternmaking
- Flat sketching
- Tech pack making
- Design portfolio building
- Garment production know-how

*** For the students who want to have in-home class, please note I only travel to the students who live within Manhattan and Brooklyn along R train. I do not travel to Queens and NJ***

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***

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Cameron S.
Profile-location-online Online

Vena is an excellent instructor. She really takes her time to get to know her student and how she can help. Also, very knowledgeable about the business, definitely recommend her if you’re serious about getting into any sort of fashion.

Posted Nov 24, 2020
Lyrana
Profile-location-online Online

Vena is helping me fix my sloper so that I can start drafting my own patterns. She's very experienced and I'll work with her again!

Posted Oct 3, 2020
Carrie Linn M.
Profile-location-online Online

Vena was very knowledgeable in all of the areas of sewing I had questions in. She drew on her 15 years' professional experience to give me great pointers for the clothing line I am getting up and running; was patient, and fun! Thank you Vena!

Posted Jun 18, 2020
Meret
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Vena is very knowlegable about patternmaking and haute couture techniques. Besides, that she also helps me to see exactly were difficulties could come up, so that I wouldn't get into the usual beginner troubles!

As a person, she is calm and positiv minded. If you search for someone that knows a lot, has experience in the industry and it super precise- I can really recommend her!

Posted Jan 20, 2020
Alexa
Profile-location-online Online

Posted Dec 28, 2019
Kathy
Profile-location-online Online

I was having issues modifying patterns. Vena helped me understand how pattern making works and how to resolve my issues. She is knowledgeable and a natural teacher. What could have been complicated and difficult to learn was easy and straightforward. I highly recommend her as a teacher.

Posted Dec 8, 2019
Maggie M.

Vena is a consummate professional. My son wanted to learn some basic sewing skills, as well as learn how to make clothes and accessories. In the first 1.5 hour lesson at our home, he completed a simple zipper bag. Over the course of six lessons he made a messenger bag, dress shirt and started on pants - which he finished while we were on vacation. Vena is an expert and also knows how to tailor her lessons to her individual students work style, needs and goals. I give her my highest recommendation. My son will be working with her again to learn how to design his own creations. Five stars all the way.

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Marc
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I think Vena is wonderful. She is patient, warm, supportive and knowledgeable. She can help you complete specific projects (make a dress or a stuffed animal), help you become a better sewer or teach you the art of pattern making. Also, I should mention, she work professionally in the fashion industry and give lots of great insight into how garments are designed. Love Her!

Posted Oct 9, 2019
Shahida
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I really enjoyed very helpful and knowledgeable!

Posted Oct 7, 2019
Selma
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

The best experience I've had so far. Vena is very friendly, respectful and thorough. I've learned so much in my first class and I look forward to working with her in the near future. Highly recommended!!

Posted Sep 30, 2019
Nadine
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My lesson with Vena was amazing! So glad I found her. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of technical design! I learned so much in just one hour! I will definitely be back! Thanks Vena!!

Posted Sep 1, 2019
Tina
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Vena is so knowledgeable and precise. I’m so glad to have taken her class as I felt very encouraged which motivated me a lot. She’s extremely understanding and patient and is generally very pleasant to have been taught by! 🌞

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Arlene G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

She is great !!! Very informative and shows you they way. She is well worth hiring.

Posted Apr 16, 2019
Lydia
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Vena has been giving my 14 year old daughter lessons and she loves it. She had no experience but has learned so much in a short amount of time. Vena is very calm and explains everything in detail. She demonstrates how a more difficult step is done and then has you do it while she is watching you.

Posted Apr 3, 2019
Avery
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Vena is an amazing teacher! She is always in a great mood and makes it easy to ask as many questions as I have. Then she takes the time to make sure that I completely understand what she’s teaching before we move on to the next step. From sewing to pattern making, Vena’s skills and concepts are truly at a professional level leaving me feeling confident in my own skills after each lesson. Vena is awesome!

Posted Mar 29, 2019
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Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Vena is a great teacher. She has a lot of knowledge and is good at explaining concepts in a way so things make sense. She goes out of her way to make sure I understand everything and she takes her time answering all my questions so I never feel rushed. It’s been very fun working with her and I look forward to many more lessons!

Posted Mar 28, 2019
Gerard
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Mar 22, 2019
kym
Profile-location-home Student's Home

very reliable and knowledgeable. highly recommended!!

Posted Nov 2, 2018
Marissa
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I learned so much in just one hour. I can’t wait to have another lesson and feel confident I will be able to finish our sewing project successfully. Vena also gave me valuable recommendations on supplies I needed.

Posted Nov 1, 2018
Stephanie
Profile-location-online Online

Vena is very patient and knowledgeable and answers all the questions I have for her. We have very varied lessons and they are all very informative. I'm excited to continue my classes with her.

Posted Mar 30, 2018
James
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I have never sewn before and after two hours with Vena, I felt very confident in altering my pants. She has a great teaching style and an even better personalty. I am excited for my next lesson!

Posted Feb 20, 2018
Tammy
Profile-location-online Online

Very knowledgeable and patient...looking forward to the next class.

Posted Feb 17, 2018
Annalise L.
Profile-location-online Online

Great lesson. Vena was very patient and instructive. She answered all my questions and made it easy for me to remember.

Posted Jan 4, 2018
Nicollette
Profile-location-online Online

She is awesome!

Posted Dec 3, 2017
naomi
Profile-location-home Student's Home

very good teacher! thanks

Posted Nov 12, 2017
Val
Profile-location-home Student's Home

So patient and experienced! She really helped save a project that another teacher abandoned! Will definitely be seeing you again!

Posted Nov 9, 2017
Urvi
Profile-location-online Online

Vena is a phenomenal teacher. She really ensures that you understand the concepts fully when teaching and doesn't rush through anything to fit it within a certain time frame. In our first day, she helped me learn the semantics of patternmaking and sewing and apply it visually to a dress form! For any beginner or someone who needs to solidify their foundation, Vena is a great instructor!

Posted Aug 22, 2017
Nina B.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.

Posted Jul 28, 2017

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Experience

Senior Technical Designer
Mar 2017 - Present

Zac Posen

Senior Technical Designer
Nov 2015 - Dec 2016

Dolce Vita

Associate Designer
Jul 2014 - Nov 2015

Elie Tahari

Technical Designer
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014

BLK DNM

Assistant Designer
Jan 2013 - Jul 2013

Victoria's Secret

Education

FASHION DESIGN
Jun 2006 - Sep 2009

PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Languages

Chinese

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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