Vena Hsiao

Vena H.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I'm an experienced industry professional and have been working in major fashion companies in NYC for over 10 years. 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 own line, I can help you with all aspect 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 own line. Classes include in-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, basic and advanced sewing, and production patternmaking. I help my students in different level to achieve their goals.

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Vena teaches



Vena delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2016

I'm a fashion designer and have been working in the fashion industry in NYC for more than 10 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, Elie Tahari, BLK DNM, Victoria's Secret. 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 own clothes that would 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

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

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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

Assistant Designer
Jan 2013 - Jul 2013
Victoria's Secret


Jun 2006 - Sep 2009


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Layer Pencil skirt- Illustration Flat sketch

Draping process 1

Draping process 2

Paper pattern

Wool Dress

Wool Dress

Wool Dress

Leather Jacket

Leather jacket and floral chiffon dress
+ 2 more

18 Reviews

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Nadine Sep 1, 2019
Sewing · In 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!!

Tina Apr 22, 2019
Sewing · In 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! 🌞

Arlene G. Apr 16, 2019
Sewing · In home

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

Lydia Apr 3, 2019
Sewing · In 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.

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Avery Mar 29, 2019
Sewing · In 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!

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At Mar 28, 2019
Sewing · In 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!

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Gerard Mar 22, 2019
Sewing · Online

Great teacher very patient and knowledgeable.

kym Nov 2, 2018
Sewing · In home

very reliable and knowledgeable. highly recommended!!

Marissa Nov 1, 2018
Sewing · In 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.

Stephanie Mar 30, 2018
Sewing · 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.

James Feb 20, 2018
Sewing · In 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!

Tammy Feb 17, 2018
Sewing · Online

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

Annalise L. Jan 4, 2018
Sewing · Online

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

Nicollette Dec 3, 2017
Sewing · Online

She is awesome!

naomi Nov 12, 2017
Sewing · In home

very good teacher! thanks

Val Nov 9, 2017
Sewing · In home

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

Urvi Aug 22, 2017
Sewing · 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!

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Nina B. Jul 28, 2017
Sewing · In 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.

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