Sewing and Fitting Mentor was created to help fill a void by creating new sewists, and renewing the joy, passion and confidence of a former seamstresses.
Hi! I’m Renee, owner of Sewing and Fitting Mentor, which was created as a solution to my own needs as a dressmaker.
Having a passion for pretty clothes and sewing, my journey for creating my own clothing started at a young age. I’m the only girl in my family, both growing up and now, as an adult (insert heavy sigh) often making sewing a solo adventure. This created challenges both then and now due to living in rural areas that lack local fashion fabric stores and access to fellow seamstresses. The difficulties of sewing solo include attempting to fit one’s own clothing, getting opinions of other dressmakers on fabric, creating fashion details, help with fitting markings and camaraderie of sewing with others.
Ultimately, my search was an attempt to find a knowledgeable fellow seamstress that could help with fittings, diagnosing fitting issues and discuss pattern fitting technique to be used for a given project without having to drive over an hour. Also, during the course of my search, I had been asked by several friends if I would teach them sewing from simple beginner to basic skills refresher.
Thus, Sewing and Fitting Mentor was created to help fill a void by creating new sewists; renewing, the joy, passion, and confidence of a former seamstress and assist current dressmakers through:
~Sewing classes for beginners, including how to sew and create custom-tailored clothing. Also, providing sewing classes for the experienced dressmakers to expand or improve current sewing & fitting skills.
~1:1 Mentoring services to help seamstresses overcome troublesome skills in their sewing or new obstacles in pattern alterations & fittings.
~Assistance with garment fittings thru personal, custom fitting appointments
Renee brings over 30 years of professional dressmaking, fitting, alterations, and pattern design experience to her students. Along with being formally trained and certified in dress and pattern making, She’s also a current standing member of the American Sewing Guild.