Meet Your Teachers!

Carisa     |     Audrey     |     Beth     |    Erin    |    Mary    |    Melinda    |    Rose    

 

 

  

CARISA

Founder, Worker Bee, Class Instructor

When did you start sewing and a little about you?

I have been sewing since I was 5. My mother and grandmother taught me as a last resort to occupy my curiously annoying habit of taking everything apart. I have a Bachelor of Art in Arts Management from Columbia College, a Graduate Degree in Costume Design from the London College of Fashion, and a Master of Education from Seattle University. And what does all that education mean, you ask? It means my debt-to-educational-achievement-ratio is askew, and I am quite possibly over-educated to the point of never being able to obtain a job that will pay off my student loan debt. Dear Gov, I probably won't pay those off. Love, Carisa. On the bright side, opening the studio led me to finally find a use for all of those degrees at once. Sewing world domination AND a satisfying "see Dad I tooold you I would use them someday."  A win win, I say!

What is your favorite type of sewing?

My personal favorite is when I get to sit back with a glass of vino and watch the blue birds and chubby mice come in and start getting their Disney Cinderella sewing on. Sadly, it doesn't happen often, or at all for that matter, boo. So with the elimination of that stingy Disney company who won't share their animal labor, I would have to say sewing jackets is my favorite. In fact, it's kind of a real "problem." I've made over 30 jackets in my lifetime, none of which I wear by the way, oddly enough.

What is your best sewing memory?

My greatest sewing memory was when my mom said "I'm not doing this alone, your sister needs a Homecoming dress, this is an 'us' project." It was the first time a project was for someone else. Where if it was done wrong..ugh...we were screwed. And it was the WORST red metallic Lamé fabric nightmare ever. What an awful fabric to choose! But we did it. She looked amazing, and was SO happy. Honestly, it should have been a disaster, and if I look close at it, I could pick it apart. But I don't care, somehow, we made it work. I've made load of projects since then that are much more complicated and difficult, but that dress will always stand out. I'd post a picture but she would kill me...which makes me want to post it even more!

Biggest sewing fail?

I'd like to dedicate this to Vogue Patterns. Yeah Vogue, I'm pointing at you....jerks. You know what, that's a story for another day. For me, I make a sewing fails every day. I have this pesky little habit of sewing things backwards. I don't care how careful I am, one little "oh I so have this" comment, and there I am, scolding my sewing machine for not knowing better than to let me sew unattended. Piercing myself with the seam ripper. It's not a pretty site...I hear it's rather entertaining though...so say my employees.

 

AUDREY

Class Instructor

When did you start sewing and a little about you?

I started sewing when I was about 7. I used to make doll clothes out of old socks! Eventually my love of arts n' crafts led me to pursue a career in the arts, and I now do costume design and acting around Seattle in addition to teaching with Made Sewing. 

What is your favorite type of sewing?

I find hand-sewing to be so relaxing and I love pairing it with some tea and a good TV show. I also really enjoy altering thrift-store finds into something completely new and unique. 

What is your best sewing memory?

I spent a summer embroidering a bag in a floral design for my grandma. She insists it's too nice to ever use and proudly shows it off to whoever visits. I loved to see how much she enjoyed the gift. 

Biggest sewing fail?

I once tried to make a maxi-dress but forgot that seam allowances are a thing and it ended up being way too small and tight. And the hem was crooked. It was kind of a mess.

 

 

 

ERIN

School Programs Coordinator, Worker Bee, Class Instructor

When did you start sewing?

I first started hand sewing when I was really young and learned how to use a sewing machine in elementary school. It wasn't until after college that I got back into sewing on a weekly basis.

What is your favorite type of sewing?

I focus mainly on clothes and love to make dresses. Although some of my goals this year are to make jeans and swimwear.  

What is your best sewing memory?

Best sewing memory... I think I'm going to go with finishing my first collection. Months of sketching, pattern making, test garments and sewing finally culminating in six complete looks going down the runway.

Biggest sewing fail?

I've actually been pretty good as salvaging but I've totally cut a huge hole in a dress while finishing a seam on the serger. The only way to fix it was to seam rip everything, buy more fabric and re-cut the side front. But it left me with enough fabric to cut out a shirt as well.

 

MARY

School Crafts Coordinator, Class Instructor

When did you start sewing?

I have always been in love with crafting-- I have done all sorts ever since I was young! I began sewing by helping my mom make my dancing outfits when I was doing Scottish Highland dancing as a young girl. I did a lot of hand sewing and embroidery after that, even making special custom outfits for a teddy bear. 

What is your favorite type of sewing?

My favorite thing to do is to sew gifts for my family and friends. I almost never keep anything that I make! I love to sew items for babies and I have recently started making quilts. I also love to design and make my own small fun projects, like kilts for dogs! I enjoy envisioning projects in my head and then making them into a reality.

What is your best sewing memory?

One sewing moment that I remember fondly is helping my mom design and sew my prom dress. 

Biggest sewing fail?

I was sewing late at night, trying to finish up some gifts for my nieces. I was tired and I got a little scissors-happy when clipping corners, and I cut almost all the way through a section of my project! With some careful machine and hand sewing, I was able to salvage the piece, and then I hid the mistake in the back!

 

  

ROSE

Class Instructor, Worker Bee

When did you start sewing?

I started in 7th grade, working on a summer dress with my Grandmother. She helped me make the dress, taught me how to read the pattern and make copies of patterns so you don’t ruin the originals, and then said “Now you’re on your own.” 8th grade is where I really got into sewing, specifically historical pieces. My class was doing a living museum presentation for our parents and a friend and I decided to make our own costumes. We had no help, some old reenactment patterns, and a treadle sewing machine. Somehow, we managed to make two dresses. (They were not properly finished, and shrank in the wash, but they looked good for the presentation, and I’ve loved sewing since.)  

What is your favorite type of sewing?

I love making and researching historical costuming. That’s really one of my favorite things. But I also love making elephant stuffies, and basically anything cute and fluffy! (Carisa is not amused but the herd anymore. We have 5 elephants and growing at the studios. Pick a new animal Rose!)  

What is your best sewing memory?

I’d have to say my best memory with sewing would have to be the three years in High School when I had a Sewing Mentor through a program in school. I spent one afternoon every week with my sewing teacher, Chrysal, at her studio. She taught me historical sewing, and pattern drafting, and we would listen to audio books and create wonderful costumes and ruffly petticoats.

Biggest sewing fail?

One of my worst tendencies is to continue sewing when I’m too tired and should really stop. I once tried to sew a skirt in order to wear it the next day, it was too late and I was way to sleepy...  I sewed a panel upside down and backwards. Needless to say, this didn’t work out and I had to find another outfit.