Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a long career that highlights a wide array of experience in varying contexts of working with fashion. She’s brought a passion for fashion to countless classrooms spanning over 15 years and, during that time, served a number of community colleges while simultaneously leading workshops across the country. Her specific areas of expertise include topics of couture sewing techniques, fitting, and pattern drafting. Coursework developed and taught includes Moulage (French Pattern Drafting), Pant Draft, Copying Ready-to-Wear, Lingerie, Working With Difficult Fabrics, and numerous other offerings. Academic professionals call on Lynda for continual development of college level courses in Fashion Design. Her talent and expertise expands beyond the local community with multiple published works including two of her own book titles, De-Mystifying Fit followed by The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. Additional publishing credits include her regular contributions to both Stitch magazine and Threads magazine and a collection of interactive online video courses commissioned by Craftsy. Through all of these mediums combined, her followers know that her technical innovations, product quality, and attention to detail are the core components of her signature style.
You can catch her workshop here: Moulage Workshop
Alex Byrne is originally from England and has been sewing for more than 30 years. She has taught sewing workshops in England, Japan and here in California. While she loves all textile arts, she is currently obsessed with quilting, and is currently serving as the President of the San Francisco Quilters Guild.
She is a firm believer in having fun while your craft and always encourages her students to enjoy themselves while they are learning.
You can attend one of her many classes here at Sip N Sews:
Kim Pinto has been sewing since she was 8, starting with Barbie clothes and making dresses for her grandma. She loves to sew, taking a simple piece of fabric and making it into something wearable. Nothing makes her happier than seeing people wear the items she creates. Now these days mostly Star Wars related costumes and accessories. She has turned her passion into a career with her 20 years of sewing experience, and Bachelor’s in Fashion Design.
Michael Portuesi has taken self taught to a levels of mastery, starting from watching sewing programs on public television, internet research, and trial and error he has become an accomplished sewist. When a Brother sewing machine “magically appeared” for Christmas 2011, he took up sewing as a hobby and has been teaching himself ever since. His interests include cases, folios, home decorating, and men’s garment construction.
Michael is ready to help new students, by teaching the lessons he has learned from his own exploration in the world of sewing.
Christine has been sewing since she was 10 years old, learning by watching her mother. She’s taken her knowledge and experience and teaches throughout the Bay Area.
She enjoys working with children and helping them learn skills and techniques to launch their sewing adventure. It is important to her that the learning environment is fun, creative and stress free. In addition to teaching children, she also teaches adults. It’s never too late to start sewing (or start again). She works with each student 1:1 and helps each with their specific questions and concerns.
This summer she will be holding a children’s program at Sips N Sews. Click here for more information.
Marney taught herself how to sew at 13 and has never stopped! Early influences include picking up haute couture sewing techniques shared by a model from the houses of Dior, Valentino and Yves St. Laurent. She has created custom made dresses, suits, evening wear, lingerie and historical garments for over 25 years out of her home studio. One of her most memorable projects was an 18th century ensemble of a corset, jacket and bustled skirt that was worn in one of her operatic performances (another passion!).
“My passion for sewing has grown from the always inspiring experience of turning a two-dimensional piece of fabric into a 3 dimensional work of art.” Teaching others about this ‘secret’ is inspiring and rewarding as her students cultivate the skills to create their own works of art!”
Marney is currently a student at Apparel Arts in Oakland, California.
At age 21, he started his first clothing line, self named Gallofornia, since then his designs have appeared on TV, movies, the internet and in all types of magazines and catalogs.
After doing the New York scene, Paul brought his talents to San Francisco. Since 1991, he perfected his skills at draping and patternmaking. His ability to construct and drape any garment has earned him a title as a Master patternmaker. Paul’s talents have been commissioned by companies in the United States, China and India.
Paul’s amazing talents are used in design and production of costumed wardrobe for Bay Area theaters, dancers and other entertainers. He is also commissioned to create custom gowns and for good measure a few riff – raff outfits..
As almost a life long sewist, Ashley brings modern style and techniques to the any class she leads. Ashley’s passion in textile arts peak when discussing Costume Design and Cosplay. She is active in the Sci-Fi costuming for National and International conventions. Her designs incorporate retro elegance with modern style.
“Textures and color palettes amaze me, sewing with specific techniques allows you to mix and match with limitless options. Working with other sewists and helping to enhance others skills.”
Ashley lives in San Francisco and enjoys comedians that are showcased at local venues. Ashley is a student at the Academy of Arts, declaring a major in Costume Design.
Joe the Quilter
Joe Cunningham began making quilts professionally in 1979, after a ten-year career as a musician in Michigan. His early mentors were steeped in the history and traditions of quilts, leading Cunningham to a life of study in quilt history and a love of traditional technique.
Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique, personal style. His quilts are in the permanent collections of museums, as well as in numerous private collections. Cunningham’s 11 books on quilts include the 2010 book “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking,” (the first book on the subject), a museum catalogue for the Shelburne Museum’s exhibition, “Man-Made Quilts: Civil War to the Present,” and his essay for the de Young Museum show “Amish Abstractions: Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown.” His column for the national magazine The Quilt Life is called “Biased and Edgy.”
He has been seen on the Peabody Award winning PBS series “Craft in America,” the HGTV series “Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson”, the PBS series “Sewing with Nancy” and on “The Quilt Show” with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.” He gives talks about quilts and teaches workshops nationwide.
As an experienced garment seamstress, Dayo has developed curriculum that creates stylish and trendy projects that enhance any wardrobe.
Her career as a college educator, she understands the importance a learning environment in the process of developing new skills. She brings that philosophy to each class.
Alice Thomas started her quilting experience in her home town of San Francisco at the Josephine Randall Junior Museum. A deep emotional respect for repurposing fabric feeds her loving of quilting. “The ability to use fabrics from other projects or clothing allows the quilt to take on the original purpose of its fabric, to live on in a different form, to continue providing comfort and warmth to someone else.”
Alice has worked with and donates her quilting skills to Luke Haynes for his ongoing artist exhibits and community fund raising projects since 2014, his exhibit LCoDJ – 50 Quilts – Log Cabin was an amazing success in Los Angeles.
Since 2012, in her down time, Alice creates costumes and dances with Grupo Experimental Nago in San Francisco.