When Elizabeth's mother introduced her to sewing, it quickly became a wonderful creative outlet and a way to help others. She made her first lined suit in eighth grade, and from high school onward she sewed many outfits for her mother and others, as well as for herself.
In 1991, soon after she began sewing professionally, Elizabeth joined a professional sewing organization, becoming a founding member of
what is now called the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. Recently, she freed up time for a comprehensive evaluation of her
professional knowledge and skills, and in 2018 she received the Master of Sewing and Design Certificate.
Elizabeth specializes in quality alterations for women who value the impact of clothes that fit, whether bridal, business or casual attire. She
says fitting a garment is like sculpture: removing excess to reveal a form, make a statement, and improve function. In addition, she fits and
creates patterns for clients in her home studio.
Elizabeth currently teaches sewing to people age 7 and up. She uses her own sewing curriculum with projects suited to a wide variety of ages and abilities.
Since 2000 Elizabeth has offered kids' Summer Fun Sewing Camps for tweens and teens,
featuring projects for four skill levels. She also teaches adults at Drop In Sewing and offers private lessons and fitting in her home studio.
Other professional experiences include:
- Elizabeth taught adult sewing classes at Josephine's Dry Goods in downtown Portland from 2003 until the store closed in 2013. She and sewing expert Marla Kazell developed a full schedule of classes, which helped adults progress from basic sewing to applying advanced techniques.
- Elizabeth was adjunct staff at George Fox University, where she taught Apparel Construction for several years. Recently she taught sewing to the Tech Theater students at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton as well.
- Elizabeth was president of the Oregon chapter of ASDP from 2012 to 2016, after filling several other volunteer positions including newsletter editor and evaluation committee chair. She is currently First Vice President in charge of scheduling and educational content in the bi-monthly meetings.