FASHION DESIGN SPECIALIST, EDUCATOR, AUTHOR
She is a nationally and internationally recognized lecturer, fashion specialist, educator and author of sewing DVD’s, sewing and pattern textbooks. These include A Guide to Fashion Sewing, The Art of Fashion Draping, and Patternmaking Made Easy.
In 2016 the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals recognized Connie for the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009 the American Sewing Guild awarded her with the selection for the Sewing Hall of Fame.
She is a former instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California. Her professional experience includes positions as a designer, design consultant, patternmaker, and grader in the Los Angeles garment industry.
Connie has been a regularly featured speaker for various colleges and fashion groups. She has been spotlighted in magazines such as Threads, Sew News, Notions and Stitches magazine in Australia. Connie has been a guest speaker for Sewing with Susan Kalje, Creative Living with Cheryl Borden, and the ABC TV series Home. For many years, Connie was the Keynote Speaker for the International Textile Show in Las Vegas where she presented the Color, Fabric and Fashion Forecast twice a year.
Connie is a member of The National Association of Professional Women, the American Sewing Guild, International Textile and Apparel Association, Australian Sewing Guild, Association of Design and Apparel Professionals, Independent Pattern Company Alliance, Sewing Dealers Trade Association, Round Bobbin Association, and a member of the Sewing/Quilting Educators.
Connie earned her degree in Fashion Design from Los Angeles Trade Tech and received her teaching credentials from the University of California Los Angeles.