Suzy Furrer

Suzy Furrer has over 35 years’ experience in the fashion industry. She began her career as a knitwear designer and freelance patternmaker and developed capsule collections for small fashion lines. Suzy is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts, an established Bay Area fashion design school. At Apparel Arts Suzy developed a comprehensive curriculum to give students the proper training to enter the workforce in apparel or costume design. She continues to teach classes on patternmaking, textiles, sewing, design principles and tailoring while directing a team of instructors for the Apparel Arts’ 2-year program. Apparel Arts has graduated hundreds of students who currently work in the apparel or costuming industries. In addition, she is an instructor for GAP, Inc.’s Product Development Immersion Program. Suzy teaches and speaks at sewing and craft conferences, sewing guilds, and art schools and has taught classes for the employees of entertainment giants Pixar and Lucas Films. You can also find Suzy’s comprehensive patternmaking course at

Allison Page

Allison has been part of Apparel Arts since its inception. First as a student graduating in 1998, and then an instructor. She came to Apparel Arts as a very experienced sewer and tailor and since 1999 she has been teaching Patternmaking and Draping in the Certificate Program. Allison has shared her knowledge with countless students. She has worked with private clients as a consultant on design, fit and production. She has written numerous articles for Threads Magazine. Allison enjoys blogging about shoes and life at

Amy Morrell

Amy Morrell began her teaching career in 2008 instructing figure drawing and fashion illustration at several universities in San Francisco. Amy is a graduate of California College of the Arts where she studied fine art and illustration. As an illustrator with a fine art background, Amy is experienced with many types of mediums. She enjoys teaching her students unique techniques with markers, colored pencils, inks, paint, charcoal, and more. Amy is also the founder of a line of jewelry called WATERSANDSTONE. ( She enjoys sharing with her students the knowledge of design, marketing, and sales that she has gained through her own business experience.

Sherri Stratton

Sherri Stratton has been sewing for over 30 years and is a sewing machine collector, machine operation expert, and sewing enthusiast. She studied Technical Patternmaking/Fashion Design at Canada College in Redwood City, California. In September 2012 Sherri opened Serge A Lot Sewing and Vacuum in San Francisco. She has found her niche in the industry selling new and used sewing machines, offering private and group sewing instruction, and machine operation lessons.  She enjoys coaching her students to achieve their dreams in design.