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Graceland University (Theater)
My interest in sewing began with my love for Jim Henson's Muppets. After graduating from High School, I saw an exhibit on how the Muppets were created and this inspired me to buy my very first sewing machine. I began learning how to create my own puppets by reading books, and a year later I was awarded a Theatre Grant for my efforts- which made my dream of going to college a reality. With that first machine, I began a remarkable journey. I am proof that with a spool of thread and a little patience, knowing how to sew can reward you in unexpected ways.
So, what are your dreams?
I began with a basic knowledge of home sewing techniques. A formal education, followed by a practical hands-on experience in professional costume shops both large and small helped develop my speed and accuracy while teaching me so much. I want to share this knowledge with you.
In addition to having a B.A. in Theatre, I am also a multiple-degree graduate of FIDM. I completed the Fashion Design Professional Designation program magna cum laude and was a nominee for the Fashion Design Award for Outstanding Achievement. I was awarded a scholarship from the Los Angeles Costume Designer's Guild after being one of six students accepted into the prestigious Advanced Theatre Costume program. I was also very lucky to have interned at the Center Theatre Group's Costume Shop in Los Angeles.
After completing my coursework, I worked in professional Theatres gaining experience building and altering historical and contemporary clothing for both men and women. I've also worked at community and state colleges with students who had never picked up a needle before, but who were enthusiastic and wanting to learn.
What do you want to learn? Tell me how I can assist you.
I can help develop your hand-eye coordination, speed and accuracy.
I can help you build your confidence when using a sewing machine, iron or steamer.
I can help you be a more efficient hand sewer.
I can help expand your knowledge of sewing techniques for a wide variety of fabrics.
I can help you to learn how to perform alterations on your pants, skirts, and more.
Want to get started?
I specialize in working with students who are discovering sewing for the first time, as well as those who want a more in-depth knowledge. I have worked with individuals wanting to become historical re-enactors, and welcome Steampunk and Cosplay enthusiasts. My personal interest lies within the Victorian era, but I love all costume history.
For beginners, I offer a guided practice approach to learning how to sew. I will demonstrate everything. I have warm-ups that will help develop your hand and eye coordination. I will discuss safety and proper use of tools and machinery. You'll develop a sewing notebook that will showcase the techniques you're learning. Show it off to your friends and family, or use it as a point of reference later. My tutoring fee covers the homework packet I give you, which includes a bit of inspiration to keep you going and more. You'll be responsible for making sure you have the basic items off my supply list.
As we go along, in some cases, there will be more than one technique to achieve a desired result. We'll discover what works best for you.
For those who are a little more experienced, I can put together a single lesson or a set of lessons specifically for your needs.
For all new students, before we begin our lessons, I'll ask you some questions about where you're at in your sewing journey and what you're hoping to learn.
One of my goals for each session together is to build your confidence. Sewing can sometimes feel frustrating or overwhelming if you don't know anyone who can offer advice or tips. Let me be your partner. I can help you explore new territory and we'll have some fun along the way!
My interest in sewing began with my love for Jim Henson's Muppets. After graduating from High School, I saw an exhibit on how the Muppets were created and this inspired me to buy my very first sewing machine. I began learning how to create my own puppets by … Read more
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I began learning how to create my own puppets by reading books, and a year later I was awarded a Theatre Grant which made my dream of going away to college a reality. While earning my B.A., I was a Stitcher for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival for two years and I served as designer and shop manager for my college Theatre Department, overseeing students my own age with sewing tasks for each production. In addition to my B.A. in Theatre, I am also a multiple-degree graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I completed the Fashion Design Professional Designation program magna cum laude and was a nominee for the Fashion Design Award for Outstanding Achievement. I was awarded a scholarship from the Los Angeles Costume Designer’s Guild after being one of six students accepted into the prestigious Advanced Theatre Costume program. I was also very lucky to intern at the Center Theatre Group’s Costume Shop in Los Angeles. I have sewn for CTG, the Los Angeles Opera, The Old Globe Theatre and Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA as well as Mira Costa College and SDSU among others. I have been a member of the American Sewing Guild and USITT, and the San Diego Costumer’s Guild.
I received a B.A. in Theater from Graceland University in 1998. My focus was on costuming, but I had coursework in all areas of the field and experience directing and with playwriting while in school. I have done two years of summer stock at a Shakespearean Festival as a Stitcher, and have worked professionally with companies both small and large within the Southern California and Seattle area. I did an internship with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and received a scholarship from the Los Angeles Costume Designers Guild while studying Advanced Theatre Costume Design at FIDM.