Patricia's Bio



I received a small sewing kit for my 7th birthday and I was hooked for life. From that humble beginning I explored the craft of embroidery, cross stitch, knitting and many other hand sewing styles. I steadily developed my skills of creating with needle and thread through many embroidery projects. By the age of 13 I began cutting and sewing patterns, captivated by the ability to transform a piece of fabric into a three dimensional garment. Dressmaking is in my DNA, with grandmothers and a great grandfather who made their living with sewing.

I purchased my first sewing machine in 1983, and began creating unique clothing.  When I wasn't busy with my young family, I found the time to attend a sewing class at the local college. I had always loved Victorian gowns and with the help of my teacher, Mrs. Eleanor Sealey, I began creating Victorian clothing.  At this time I also joined a local Victorian group, Somewhere in Time.  Which inspired me to not only create, but wear the gowns I had always loved.

While working at Seattle Central Community College bookstore, I read the schedule and discovered that they offered an apparel design program.  Because my children were so young, I waited 7 years before I could attend the course.  In 1996 I graduated with an Associate of Applied Sciences for apparel design.

In the Apparel Design program I learned pattern making, clothing design, factory techniques for construction, and many useful skills for running my home based business of alterations and custom sewing.  I also began teaching at several locations in the North Seattle area, including; Stretch and Sew, Pacific Fabrics, and Northwest Sewing.  I also had private students, and tutored students from the college.

In 1998 I began working with a high end bridal shop in Kirkland, WA.  I developed a keen eye for fit and style to flatter the figure.  I added to my knowledge of sewing by working with couture designers.  As the brides demanded perfection that is what I strive to achieve in my work.

After more than 20 years in business and over 3,000 bridal gown alterations,I still love to sew.  I have also created Christening gowns, including little booties, and bonnets, learned to “knock off” an existing garment with out taking it apart, made and altered numerous bridesmaid dresses, designed and created several Victorian gowns. And a variety of other projects such as; baseball hats, a boat cover, doll clothes and a porcelain Victorian fashion doll.

Continuing education includes; Moulage drafting, Tailoring and wedding coordinating. 

I enjoy using the skills that I have acquired over the years to create garments that make people feel good when they wear them.  I cannot imagine my life without sewing, and I look forward to many more years of creating beautiful and unique clothing.

 

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