Friday, March 14, 2014

Changes being made at the Designer's Lounge!

Dear Students and Friends,                                                                        March, 14, 2014

It is with much mixed emotion we announce the closing of the Designer's Lounge, effective April 15, 2014.
As many of you know I have been working on custom designed wedding dresses and with the recent launch of my first bridal collection and online shop the time has come to move forward.  It has always been a dream of mine to design beautiful dresses for beautiful women and this dream has come to fruition! 
In addition to the exciting changes taking place for me, Patty (aka Mom) has also started pursuing her own adventures in leather handbags and jewelry.  We can expect to see some lovely creations coming from her soon! 

I will be moving the studio to a wonderful location downtown and will continue to offer patternmaking and draping lessons on a one-on-one basis.  Patty will offer beginner sewing lessons out of her home studio for those who would like to continue their sewing education.

If you have an outstanding lesson card or gift certificate call or email us to before April 15, 2014 to schedule your lessons. 505-508-1750,
Patty's direct email is

We are incredibly touched and very grateful that so many of you chose the Designer's Lounge to get you started on your sewing and fashion design adventures.  We have many wonderful memories of you with ALL your creations and hope that you will continue to send us photos of your work.  The Designer's Lounge Facebook page will remain open as a forum for those of you who would like to share your work, sewing tips or ideas with one another.

I hope you will continue to follow along my new path at- and

From the bottom of our hearts we THANK YOU! 

Teresa and Patty

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lovely, little skirts Aimee!

Miss Aimee, 11 years old, took our Beginner's Workshop, she learned how to use the sewing machine, she made a pin-cushion and a tote-bag!  Aimee returned this summer and took the Learn How to Make Your Own Skirt Workshop, she made two! I love the prints she chose and the lace trim she added, ADORE ♥

Friday, August 26, 2011

Inspired by Aude.

Inspired by a top she had seen on Project Runway, Aude made her own version.

She made this beautiful little dress for her daughter.
The back is adorable! ♥
Aude first came to the Designer's Lounge to make a pair of pants, she has since made many other items such as the top shown above and a beautiful dress for her daughter.  I've been inspired by Aude and her attention to detail.  Her designs and projects always have that special little touch that makes them so unique.  Keep up all the great work Aude, I have a feeling that one day your daughters and I will be watching YOU on Project Runway!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Meet Isabel and Bonnie!

Isabel learn to sew starting with a pin-cushion, (Lucy thought it was cute!).

By the end of the week she made a beautiful summer dress!

Bonnie came to the Designer's Lounge a while back and made a tote bag as her first project.  She returned to make a skirt!

AND another skirt!
They did a fabulous job!  ♥♥

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hollywood and Beautiful Bag Ladies!

Jean harlow, 1932

Rita Haworth 1946 and Maggy Rouff, 1946
 Hollywood sets the trends... well, at least it used to!  It's no secret that the music industry has been a huge influence on fashion, thank goodness we have Lady Gaga to stir things up a bit, right?!  Today's stars tend to follow existing trends as they change their looks  with every public appearance.  There was a time, however- Hollywood's "Golden Age", when movie stars set the trends. 

In 1932, within just a few days, the New York department store Macy's sold 500,000 copies of a white dress with gigantic, flounced sleeves worn by twenty-six-year-old Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton (1932).  The designer of the original dress was Adrian, and his lavish yet refined creations has already established Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow as glamour goddesses.  He understood the psychology of his trade: "You must never put costume jewelry or imitation lace on Garbo," he said. "Not that it would be noticed on the screen, but it would do something to Garbo and her performance."
The aim was more than mere beauty.  Hollywood costumes enhanced a star's natural attributes- up to the point where she became her own image.  The desired effect was a total fusion of person and look.  "Her costumes always looked as though they really did belong to her", Edith Head wrote about Carole Lombard, whom she dressed at Paramount.  Half a century later, fashion designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Jil Sander adopted this principle for every woman and gave it a name: personal style.

Will the next year's Oscars see glimpses of those "Golden Years" whisp-ing down the red carpet? I can't wait to find out!

Source: Icons of Fashion the 20th Century by Prestel Publishing.

Beautiful Bag Ladies!

This group of students made their pretty projects in just two hours!  Fabulous job ladies!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Childrens' Workshop

In July we had a lovely week-long workshop for children that was sooo much fun!  Four wonderful little ladies learned how to sew elastic waist skirts, in addition to learning a few embroidery techniques.  They created hand embroidered appliques with the design of their choice and attached it to their skirts.
At the end of the week we had a fashion show in which the girls showed off their creations while cheering each other on.  Of course, we had to celebrate their fantastic job, so we had cupcakes!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Welcome New Designers!

Quite a few people took advantage of the Groupon we offered a while back.  We've had quite a few new students and we welcome them with open arms!  These are a few of the new sewing bees!