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Carla Hegeman Crim, founder of Scientific Seamstress LLC, is a molecular biologist turned patternmaker.  She is a work at home mom with a sweet little boy named Louie and a chef husband named Delmar.  Although she was born and raised in the South, Carla has lived in Upstate NY, New England, the Midwest, and is currently planted on the East Coast.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Virginia Tech, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University.  She is a self-taught seamstress who has been experimenting with fabric since she was a wee little girl.  When her son came along, she decided to stay home with him and build a business out of sewing.  For the first few years, she focused on elaborate clothing and furniture designs for collector dolls.  She had many requests for her patterns, and began publishing them in 2006.  She was one of the first authors onYouCanMakeThis.com, and has worked with members of the YCMT team on a number of collaborative works.  She is currently working with fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli on a series of Sis Boom patterns for children and adults.  When she isn't in her sewing lab, Carla enjoys gardening, yoga, and spending time with her family.

Cathy Peckiconis loves to be busy and active with her husband and three girls, ages 11, 5 and 4 yrs. She is a high school science teacher, and lover of all things Disney. She has many hobbies, including horses and photography and sewing. It was before her last Disney trip, that Cathy rediscovered her passion for sewing clothing for her girls. Why you ask? Well, she found a wonderful group of supportive sewing friends and also patterns so thoughtfully written and ingenious by the Scientific Seamstress that she became an avid fan. Relearning sewing and making clothing for my girls has been a true dream come true! Cathy hopes to share her experience of sewing successfully while having a positive and rewarding time doing it!

Stephanie Ressler is a busy mom who enjoys scrapbooking, sewing and volunteering at her kids' school. Her love of sewing was rekindled mostly due to the ease and simplicity of Carla's patterns. She is so confident in her ability now she writes a blog (http://stephres.wordpress.com/) where she shares her tips and tricks with other crafty friends. Stephanie grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and went to school at Florida State University. She now lives near Tampa, Florida, and works part-time as a substitute teacher while pursuing her hobbies and serving as PTA President at her kids' elementary school. She has two children, Jacob and Megan, who have many activities of their own. They love to vacation at Disney World, giving their mom ample opportunities to sew special outfits!

Marlo Troy loves sewing and volunteering at her kids' school. Her love of sewing began when she found Carla's patterns. Marlo already felt she knew the basics of sewing but Carla opened a whole new world by teaching her how to use her imagination and be more creative with her patterns. Marlo grew up in North Jersey and lived in Atlanta for many years but now resides with her children, Nicole and Kyle, and her husband in Illinois. She has also helps coach her daughters cheer squad and loves watching her kids in their activities. They love everything Disney, especially custom clothes.

Jeanne Hamling is the proud stay-at-home mom to four great kids; Jayden, Seth, Luke and Lily. She learned to sew as a child making doll clothes out of napkins, Kleenex, and scraps on her mom’s sewing machine. There were many years when she got too busy with school, work and family and didn’t sew at all. Fortunately she discovered Carla’s wonderful patterns and her joy of sewing was reborn! Jeanne lives near Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in sociology and is happily married to her high school sweetheart. She keeps busy taking care of her 4 kids and loves to travel, read, scrapbook and spending time in the mountains camping and hiking.

Mindy Adkinson is a stay-at-home mom to a very busy family. She discovered her love of sewing two years ago while planning a trip to Disney! Through Carla's patterns, tips, and thorough explanation of different sewing techniques, Mindy has greatly expanded her knowledge of the craft. Her passion for sewing soon led to a love of all things creative including scrapbooking, bow and jewelry making, and crocheting. Mindy resides in Alabama with her husband Brad and 2 beautiful girls, Sydni and Rylie. You can find Mindy’s creations at her etsy store:my2sweetangels.etsy.com.

Stacey Nubile is a stay-at-home mom to one little girl with another little girl on the way (due November 2009). The only time she had touched a sewing machine was in home economics class in 8th grade and that was not a successful expedition. It was in mid-2007 that Stacey got bitten by the custom sewing bug and was lucky enough to find Carla's patterns. Armed with a simple sewing machine, some fabric and thread and Carla's patterns, Stacey was able to easily create custom dresses, tops and pants/shorts for her daughter's first Disney trip in late 2007. Stacey looks forward to creating custom coordinating outfits for her two daughters in the future.

Teresa Johnson is the mother of three (one boy and two girls) and the wife of one. She received her first sewing machine at the age of five. It sewed with a rather odorous glue, which some people say explains many things about her now... Teresa sewed (or more accurately, glued) many outfits for her Barbies as a child. As the years went by, she began using her mother's Kenmore sewing machine and made blouses for herself and her family. For her high school graduation, Teresa's parents thought she was old enough for her very own sewing machine with a needle! She went on to sew her own wedding dress, several prom dresses for her little sister (fellow lab personnel Heather Kite), bridesmaids and flower girls dresses. When her children were born, Teresa put the sewing machine away until a few years ago when her love of sewing was rekindled by a group of internet friends she found on the Disboards. This wonderful group of ladies (and one guy) introduced her to the wonderful patterns of CarlaC, the Scientific Seamstress. Thanks to Carla and her easy to understand and versatile patterns, Teresa rediscovered her love of sewing. She now enjoys creating unique and special outfits for not only her two daughters but others as well. You can check out some of her items at http://www.princessheirlooms.com .  You can also find her on Facebook, just search for Princess Heirlooms.

Heather Kite is from Michigan and has been married to a wonderful man since 1994. She began sewing as a teenager when she made a disastrous outfit for her baby nephew. Now that her nephew is 17 years old, the pants finally fit! Unfortunately, this delayed Heather's sewing ventures for 15 years. Then, her sister (fellow lab tech Teresa Johnson) introduced her to a wonderful group of people on the internet who sew outfits for Disney World. Soon Heather was sewing up a storm, creating breathtaking clothing for her daughter and son. Heather mastered the skill of appliqué and then moved on to digitizing designs for embroidery machines. She now sells her digital designs on www.heathersue.etsy.com. (They are much better than the pants, she promises).

Jessica Lee is a stay at home mom who loves to sew! She remembers sitting with her Great Grandmother as a child watching her sew clothes for her dolls, looking on in amazement. She started sewing right before having her only child and hasn't stopped since! CarlaC's dolly patterns first caught her eye but she has branched out and now loves to sew for little girls too! Jessica resides in Atlanta, GA and is lucky enough to have a wonderful husband and loving son. She enjoys all things crafty. Her etsy store can be found at www.magicalmemories.etsy.com. Making magical memories is what life is all about!

Tom Jordan lives in Ohio and has been sewing for almost 5 years.  Tom married his high-school sweetheart in 1984 and has a wonderful daughter that is his true inspiration for everything that he creates.  He work full-time outside the home but still finds time to make things for his family and friends.  Hobbies include scrapbooking, fabric collecting, sewing, quilting, wood crafts, and planning vacations to Walt Disney World. When Tom has time he writes on his blog (HeavenleighBlessings) http://www.heavenleighblessings.blogspot.com

Like many others, Shannon Winters first began her sewing experience in seventh grade home ec class. Though dress that she made all those years ago did make it through one wear, it soon found itself in the very back of her closet never to be worn again. Though she has always considered herself to be quite crafty, her sewing comfort level was very low. After her daughter joined her family almost three years ago, she realized quickly that if she wished to dress her daughter in all of the adorable boutique outfits that she desired, she must learn to sew. Quickly. It was at that time that she learned of The Scientific Seamstress for the very first time and began to stretch her sewing comfort level to heights that she never dreamed possible. While following Carla's easy to understand, step by step instructions, she began to sew. And the clothing was actually BEING WORN! Shannon enjoys sewing in every minute that she finds available. When she is not working in her community, or spending time with her family, she is usually found at her sewing machine developing new skills - thanks to The Scientific Seamstress!  Shannon enjoys being inspired by Carla's patterns and enjoys creating for others. Her items may be found at www.EmpressClothiers.etsy.com and www.revrob.etsy.com.



Tifani Nicole Ruck comes from a long line of seamstresses, artists and crafters. Her sewing experience started at the age of 14 with a 4-H project for the county fair and quickly progressed to reconstructions of her awesome goodwill finds. She started sewing from patterns 2 years ago for her daughter. While she enjoys creating entirely original ensembles she finds reconstructing and recycling fabric a rewarding challenge and loves the eclectic flair it adds to an outfit. Tifani currently resides in The Only City of Live Mermaids, Weeki Wachee, Florida with her husband, musician Brandon Ruck and their 3 children Gavin Mac, Liliana and Violet. She is currently working on a line of environmentally friendly children's clothing, T-Beri Togs Ecouture, which she hopes to launch in 2010.

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