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  • 5/26/2016

    Isa Kriegeskotte

    As Hollywood’s in-demand personal tailor, Isa Kriegeskotte uses Janome and Elna machines to custom make and tailor garments for the world’s most celebrated bodies. Isa became a member of the Janome Artisan program in July 2015. She loves how the Janome and Elna machines assist her in perfecting custom designs; tailoring off-the-rack garments and making everyone feel beautiful and confident in their clothes. 

    Fashion runs through Isa’s family. Her grandmother was a renowned pattern maker and fashion illustrator within the New York City fashion scene and Women’s Wear Daily. When Isa was a young girl, her grandmother would teach her how to sew matching “doll and me” clothes. As she grew up, Isa would make her own outfits and custom designed and made many of her friends’ prom and sweet 16 dresses.

    Isa grew up in Westchester, NY, but was eager to explore what the rest of the country had to offer. Isa attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA where she was exposed to art in a large and diverse scope. During her four years at SCAD, Isa studied illustration and fiber arts before she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design.

    After college graduation, Isa took on a new life adventure in Hawaii. Her landlord’s wife, Tamara Catz, was a talented designer of swim suits and beach fashion. Isa was able to implement her skills working for Tamara as a pattern maker and assisted with general design tasks in Tamara’s design studio. A few years later, Isa was ready to switch gears and move back to New York where she sought out to gain experience in corsetry and applied to work at the New York City Ballet as it was as close to couture in the United State as you can get. Corsetry was a specialty Isa gained interest in while in college, as she custom made corsets and lingerie for her senior project at SCAD. 

    Before she knew it, Isa was offered a job and, although not in corsetry specifically, she was able to assist and learn from the talented artisans making the corsets while meeting the responsibilities of her title as milliner and textile expert in the ballet’s costume shop. She made the new headpieces worn in the ballet while restoring the older ones. In addition, Isa worked with experts in New York’s Garment District to source textiles for new ballets; repair and tailor old costumes and work alongside the director to assist in other design duties.

    A year after working for the New York City Ballet, Isa began working for Rod Keenan New York, a Harlem-based custom hat designer. Isa worked alongside Rod and his talented team of milliners to make everything by hand in his studio for celebrities such as Mary J. Blige and Brad Pitt. Isa’s time working for Rod Keenan solidified her respect for uncompromised attention to detail and is what first introduced her to the experience of making custom pieces for celebrity clients and working with stylists. 

    Over the past 15 years, Isa has been deeply involved in the high-end fashion industry from design to product development, technical design, tailoring, couture, on-set tailoring and styling along with sales. In October 2015, Isa started Tailored & Made – a creative fashion design and custom tailoring business based on her skills and creations. She now lives in Hollywood, CA and works on-set making looks work in the moment to get a shot for editorials and ad campaigns; tailoring for the red carpet and press tours; tailoring and custom making for commercials and film and of course keeping her clients fitted for their every day lives. 

    In addition, Isa has worked on numerous projects where she was involved in designing and tailoring celebrities’ garments for special occasions. She will always cherish the experience of bringing Sofia Vergara’s custom wedding design dreams to life. In November 2015, Sofia and Joe Manganiello tied the knot in Palm Beach, FL. Isa was fortunate enough to not only be one of the 400 guests at the wedding, but also help design and tailor Sofia and her family’s garments.

    Leading up to the big day, Isa worked from start to finish with Sofia, her styling team and her dress designer to create Sofia’s perfect wedding gown. Sofia’s niece also offered input in regards to the beautifully-detailed lace dress Isa made for her. They did everything from sourcing textiles to coming up with silhouettes together. Isa also made from scratch and collaboratively designed the four flower girl’s dresses and tailored outfits for Sofia’s extended family.

    Isa’s Janome Jem Platinum 760 sewing machine is always with her when she is tailoring on-set. She mentioned how it is the perfect portable machine that will never fail her. She uses the Elna eXpressive 920 and EasyCover machines to make professional and creative projects for herself when she is not working on set.

    Isa’s passion for custom fashion designing and tailoring shines in her work. Her favorite part of her career is using the world’s best textiles to make something work. Isa mentioned that it is a rewarding feeling to see her own hard work featured in the press.
















  • 5/25/2016

    By Carol Cruise

    There are many patterns out there for zippered purses. Janome Artisan Carol Cruise of Carol's Zoo made an elegant purse using her Horizon Memory Craft 15000 and a quick and easy tutorial she put together.

    Carol mentions that this project is perfect for a beginner sewist to make. It can also be an excellent gift for someone!

    Click here to follow Carol's tutorial to make a gorgeous Easy Zipper Purse.

  • 5/25/2016

    By Crafty Gemini

    Vanessa Wilson from Crafty Gemini provided an informative video review demonstrating how the Janome 2212 is the best sewing machine for beginner sewists. In her video, Vanessa goes over the features for the 2212, what it can do, how it stitches smoothly through the thickest fabrics and shares two great projects she made with it.

    For the video review, Vanessa teamed up with Janome Dealer Sew Vac Direct located in Bryan, TX who were generous enough to offer the 2212 as a giveaway to a lucky viewer. Vanessa will be autographing the machine and shipping it herself to the winner's home.

    Click here to read more and watch Vanessa's fill video review.

  • 5/24/2016

    Perfect for that Summer Touch

    Using the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 and Artistic Edge Digital Cutter, Janome Educator Susan Clark Enderson made a wonderful centerpiece that showcases beautiful embroidery, paper piecing and fabric-cut summer fruit. The paper pieces represent fireworks that are often enjoyed by many during the summer months.

    This adorable centerpiece is perfect for an outdoor patio table. Click here to follow Susan's helpful tutorial to make one for your own home.

  • 5/23/2016

    A Lovely Table or Bed Runner

    Janome Educator Susan Clark Enderson made an eye-catching Flower Pops skinny quilt for the summer using her Janome machine. She made this colorful quilt from Kim Schaefer’s book “Skinny Quilts.”

    Flower Pops can be made into a lovely runner for your kitchen or outdoor patio table. It can also be made larger for a bed.

    Click here to learn how to make it.

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