Seattle Central Community College – 2005: Associates in Applied Science – Apparel Design and Services

Seattle School of Midwifery – 2002: Certified Pre/ Post-Natal Nutrition Counselor

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – August-November 2001: Semester in the Pacific North West – Biology, Team Leadership Techniques, Environmental Studies, Risk Assessment

Professional Experience

Freelance Apparel Arts – San Francisco, CA / Sept ’08 – Current
Seamstress, Pattern Maker, Sample Maker, Technical Designer

Managing a full schedule of domestic and international clients.  Aiding clients with a variety of apparel needs, from sample sewing and pattern drafting, to product design and production consultation. Creating complete packages for factory production including technical sheets, production patterns, and prototypes.

Japanese Weekend – San Francisco, California / Oct ’12 – July ’13
Lead Technical Designer

Lead Technical Designer for longstanding women’s maternity and nursing wear line. Duties included managing a small team through pre production process from first pattern to final production package, included assistance with research and development of new styles. Specific tasks included sample library building, technical and spec sheet creation, CAD drawing creation, computerized grading using Gerber systems, cut tickets, marker making and plotting. Also included communicating with domestic and overseas vendors to insure accuracy in the production process. Assistance with fabric sourcing and sales evaluations. Fit sessions management with execution of revisions on correlating patterns to ready for production. Technical process time line management and adjustment, in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.

Surfer Girl – Bali, Indonesia / Oct ’09 – June ’12
Head of Product Design

Design Director for all product created for a growing Asian girls surf wear brand. Duties included apparel and accessories design and research, graphic art direction, trend spotting and creative concept building. Also included oversight of fabric sourcing, production sample approvals, sales evaluations, fit sessions, grading approvals, technical design, pattern and body sample adjustments. Design and direction provided for company product divisions including fast fashion, branded accessories, sleep wear, and swimwear. Annual production scheduling, time line management and adjustment, in a fast paced, deadline driven environment. Photo shoot concept development, prop building and styling.

Freight Baggage – San Francisco, CA / Aug ‘07 – Sept ’08
Production Assistant, Stitcher

Constructed custom bike messenger bags and accessories from start to finish. Consultation and technical packages provided for production outsourcing. Assisted with general shop management. Use of heavy duty walking foot machine on materials such as vinyl and cordura. Custom embroidery design.

Motor City Sewing (Wound Mens Wear) – Detroit, MI / Feb ’07 – Aug ‘07
Production House Manager, Pattern Maker, Stitcher

Managed the production floor of independent labels in house clothing manufacturing operation. Directed tasks to coworkers to facilitate production efficiency. Pattern maker and sample sewer. Assisted with material sourcing, invoicing, cutting, construction and client correspondence in a fast paced, deadline oriented environment. Repair of industrial sewing equipment.

Milieu Inc. – Ferndale, MI / May ’06 – June ‘07
Alterations, Sales, Web Manager, Stylist, Assistant Buyer, Photographer, Graphic Design

Assisted customers with high-end clothing and jewelry selection. Manager of web store front (design and customer service). Stylist and Photographer for photos used on website and promotional cards. Alterations on customers new purchases. Display design, and general store appearance. Assisted with purchasing of inventory.

Victoria Simons – Seattle, WA / Mar ’04 – Jul ‘05
Design Assistant, Stitcher

Constructed women’s clothing for independent apparel studio. Worked in all areas including; pattern making, grading, cutting, design, and construction. Trusted with full responsibility of projects from start to finish.

Skill Set

Apparel Design, Technical Design, Production Management, Art Direction, Garment Construction, CAD Flats and Hand Sketching

Team Management – Design/ Art Direction, Systems Efficiency

Offshore & Domestic Production – Factory Correspondence/ Production Troubleshooting/ Sourcing

Time Management – Production Calendar Planning/ Dead Line Driven

Industrial Sewing Equipment Use & Troubleshooting – Lock Stitch, Walking Foot, 3/5 Thread Serger, 
Cover Stitch, Blind Hemmer, Button Hole/ Sew Machine, Electric Cutting Tool Use (rotary blade)

Garment Fitting & Alterations – Pressing, Draping, Tailoring

Pattern Drafting – Gerber Digital Pattern Making, Grading, Flat Pattern Drafting

Crafting – Embroidery, Felting, Knitting, Dyeing

Software – Mac/ PC Proficient, Adobe CS5 Suite, CAD, Microsoft Office

Digital Photography – Strobe Set Up/ Use, Digital SLR, Photo Editing, Styling

Languages – English, Indonesian, French

Professional Buying Experience – Trade Shows, Catalog, Retail

Interior Design & Project Site Management – Concept Retail Spaces, Visual Merchandise, Window Display

*References available upon request.