My life and more than 30-year career has been highlighted by creating beautiful, perfectly tailored apparel and costumes, studying their design and construction, and passing the benefits of my experience on to others. I graduated in 1972 from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Clothing & Textiles, and then completed a two-year apprenticeship with a tailor from England.
Subsequently, I established a custom tailoring and alteration business, owned a fabric store, taught at a community college, and published my books and video. In 1989, the North Carolina Museum of History commissioned me to create an authentic 1880s bustle ensemble leading to other costume commissions, lecturing on historic costume replication, and teaching and consulting at Colonial Williamsburg.
I have filmed many shows on PBS, HGTV, and the DIY channel that are shown continuously in different locations around the country. Look for my latest guest appearances on America Sews (PBS) with Sue Hausman where I demonstrate professional pressing techniques for tailored garments and on Sew Much More (DIY channel) where the subject is skirt alterations.
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