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 www.Craftsy.com.
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 http://www.
Nancy has always been passionate about sewing and fashion. Her earliest memories of sewing were of making clothes for her troll dolls at the age of 7. Nancy’s grandmother taught her mother to sew, and her mother taught her. Nancy made most of her clothes in high school and continues with that tradition today.
Nancy received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, at Davis in Consumer Textiles in 1980 and entered the fashion retail industry right out of college. She transitioned into the beauty industry and ran her own business for 30 years, incorporating in a custom knitting business. When she retired from the beauty industry, her husband encouraged her to go back to her calling. Nancy choose Apparel Arts to continue her education. She earned her Pattern Making and Design Certificate from Apparel Arts in March of 2018, and she also is a Certified Sewing Instructor (CSI) for Palmer/Pletch.
Nancy looks forward to bringing her years of sewing experience to Apparel Arts and sharing her wealth of knowledge with all of her students.
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 www.Craftsy.com.
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 (www.heather-who.com) where she creates custom clothing and is launching a ready-to-wear women’s collection.
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. (www.watersandstone.com) She enjoys sharing with her students the knowledge of design, marketing, and sales that she has gained through her own business experience.
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.