Suzy Furrer

Suzy began her career in fashion by designing, patterning and knitting sweaters and selling them to private clients and boutiques. In the mid-80’s, Suzy studied in San Francisco with Simmon Sethna, a couturier who learned patternmaking and construction techniques in Paris in the 1950’s. After completing her studies, she worked as a free-lance patternmaker  for many Bay Area apparel companies. Suzy’s patternmaking text, Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing has been used to teach thousands of students. She is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts. Suzy also teaches patternmaking online 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

Sara Alm

Sara has been sewing for 22 years and started teaching construction during her college years. Sewing and textiles are her favorite art medium. Sara earned her Patternmaking and Design Certificate from Apparel Arts in 2005. Since then, she has worked as a free-lance patternmaker, a sewing and fashion instructor for at-risk teenage girls, and is currently launching her own bicycle commuting clothing line. Sara also teaches sewing classes online at

Heather Habig

Heather has been sewing for 25 years and received her Patternmaking and Design Certificate from Apparel Arts in 2005. She has over a 12 years experience in the apparel industry from working retail to visual merchandizing at GAP, Inc., to managing operations for a SF-based activewear company. In addition she is the designer and owner-operator of Heather Who ( where she creates custom clothing and is launching a ready-to-wear women’s collection.

Talia Gavish

Talia first realized her love of fashion illustration while in middle school where she composed detailed drawings of her classmates’ outfits instead of doing math. She continues to be inspired by her community and looks forward to helping designers develop style, substance and individuality within their own work. Talia has over ten years professional experience in the NYC fashion industry as a full-time textile and print designer, previously ran a figure drawing studio in Brooklyn, and is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Since relocating to the Bay Area two years ago, she works as a freelance illustrator and just launched Paper Pony Co., an eco-friendly line of illustrated products. You can check out some of her work here:

Carol Wood

Carol has been patternmaking and sewing since the early 1980’s. She graduated from the College of Alameda’s Apparel Design Program in 2001. Carol has been teaching pattern making and construction of corsetry for the past 10 years. Carol is know for recreating and writing about historical garments in addition to running a custom period garment business. For the past two decades, her work has been honored with awards, shown in galleries, appeared on stage, and escorted down the wedding aisle. Carol also works as an assistant cutter in San Francisco Opera’s Costume Shop.