Meet the Dressmaker

DSC_4704.jpgMy name is Leila. I’m originally from Colombia (South America) and I’ve been in the United States since 1992. I’m still not over the culture shock.

I’m a self-taught dresssmaker, though my mom did get me started. Interestingly, I come from a line of dressmakers and tailors, none of which I met, but they did teach my dad to sew when he was in his 20s. In my 20s, I was doing theater and post-modern dance. I worked professionally in local theaters in San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Chicago. It wasn’t until I had my first child that my interest in sewing began to grow. Soon, it became all I was interested in. I learned a lot from youtube videos, books, and some incredibly talented online sewing friends.

Date-wise, I started sewing in 2007. I started making and altering bridal and evening gowns in 2014 and began freelancing full time in 2016. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I believe we should all have three garments, or dresses, as it were, in our closet, that fit, flatter, and make us feel amazing. Last minute soirees should be a breeze with these three garments in your life. We aren’t the clothes we wear but they are the first impression we make. Make one as stunning as you are!



16 thoughts on “Meet the Dressmaker”

  1. I’m looking forward to watching your progress! I’ve never really been into dresses, but since last summer I’ve been feeling like I want a few comfortable dresses to wear to break the t-shirt cycle. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I know what you mean. I’m just now getting back into thinking about dresses. It should be fun. I hope to take the whole year to wrap my head and skills around the design and the execution process. Thanks for reading.

  2. Hi, I’ve just started reading your posts-hope to see more!

  3. lapequesalsera said:

    Thank God for people like you that take the time to teach people like me πŸ™‚

  4. You might be interested in my books of costume patterns, described at

    Thanks for your attention,

    Fran Grimble

    • Thanks for visiting my blog! I am a huge fan of yours. Huge fan. I own Fashions of the Gilded Age, Vol. 1 and have used several of the patterns from that book as well as Vol. 2 for my two Steampunk costumes- heavily Victorian, less futuristic. Thanks again for the comment.

  5. Hi there, hope you still read these. I am looking for a Janome L-392 and was wondering if you still had one. If so please contact me at Need parts desperately! thanks-cat

  6. Hey! Colombiana! Thanks for connecting, I love your dresses. I wish I knew how to sew and fit all my dresses for preggo times πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Leila
    Thanks for signing up to the Pattern Magic Challenge!

    Very happy to have come by your blog: I think we have very similar preoccupations though I lag behind you a bit in experience! I’ll be very interested in following your progress.

    Best wishes

    • Yay, Marianna! I was thinking the same thing based on our blogs. πŸ™‚ I know I’m a little behind but I’m excited enough about adding in these Pattern Magic ideas I might have to have a project cut in line. πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Leila πŸ™‚

    I’m starting up a new initiative that provides free advertising to sewing bloggers and thought you may like to sign up.
    It’s a simple rotation banner that you display on your sidebar.
    You can read all about it here:
    Thanks πŸ™‚

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