Elizabeth's mother introduced her to sewing and she quickly became an independent sewist. She made her first lined suit for a trip to San Francisco in eighth grade,
and in high school she sewed outfits for her mother as well as herself (yes, she made her own prom dress).
Sewing was always a happy diversion from the main obligations of life through studies in International Relations at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and during
a series of jobs in Salem, Corvallis, and Portland. There were always plenty of ways to help people with her sewing skills!
Gradually, Elizabeth began to see sewing for others as more than a joy-producing hobby, and the clients came her way. She joined a professional sewing organization
(now called the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals) in 1991. This membership helped her round out her skills with its emphasis on education and peer
evaluation, as well as a great professional network.
In 2000 Elizabeth teamed up with Karlene Hart to teach kids' summer sewing camps at the Mill End Stores in Portland. These camps have continued every summer since
then at the Beaverton store, although Karlene has retired. Elizabeth has added other kids' sewing events throughout the year, too.
In early 2003, Elizabeth began teaching adult classes at Josephine's Dry Goods in downtown Portland. Over time, she and sewing expert Marla Kazell developed
a full schedule of classes, which help students progress from very basic sewing skills to sewing with knits and fine fabrics, making pants and button-up shirts, and
tailoring. Now that Josephine's Dry Goods has closed, Elizabeth is exploring other locations to share her sewing skills.
Elizabeth is adjunct staff at George Fox University, where she teaches Apparel Construction. She also sews for select clients and is president of the Oregon chapter
With over 40 years of sewing experience, 25 years of sewing for clients, and nearly 15 years of teaching experience, Elizabeth offers her students a wealth of practical
and technical information with an upbeat attitude. She want to help you make things that are useful, pleasurable, and durable. Her aim is to pass on to you....
"...the Joy of Sewing for the Joy of Life."