Louise Cutting is a friend and mentor to ladies whose passion is to create stylish, comfortable, and practical clothing for themselves. Nearly 20 years ago she created Cutting Line Designs, an independent pattern company, to make versatile, simple shapes and modern lines available for a wide range of lifestyles and body types. Her patterns provide a “canvas” for sewers’ ideas and skills, backed up with instructions that have been called “the best in the sewing industry”. In fact, Louise illustrates the pattern envelopes and drafts the 60-80 helpful drawings in the pattern instructions herself so her customers have all the information needed to get great results.
Of course, Louise’s patterns are available on her website, cuttinglinedesigns.com, but she understands all the needs of her customers. She stocks natural fiber fabrics from both American and international sources, hard-to-find interfacings from Japan and Europe, and useful sewing tools and notions so ladies can create clothing for everything from casual weekends to weddings. Her fabric selection includes linens, cottons, silks, wools, tencels, and blends, along with some synthetic fibers to make wrinkle-free pants.
Her clear and detailed instructions are only one way she reaches out to educate sewers. Her Weekend Retreats (held in Winter Park, FL) are devoted to each individual student’s needs for altering the patterns to her shape, size, and taste in a relaxed atmosphere. The lively exchange of ideas, demonstrations, and presentations make for fun and learning. The Retreats are listed on the website’s Events page.
Louise has also been a contributing editor to Threads Magazine for 15 years. Her articles emphasize garment construction and fitting, so she writes about topics like darts, collars and collar bands, jacket linings, button placement, bindings, boiled wool techniques, determining sleeve length, and many, many more.
Sewers around the country have heard from Louise in person. She regularly teaches at events like these:
Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA The American Sewing Guild National Conference various Original Sewing and Quilt Expo events individual chapters of the American Sewing Guild in cities all over the country
In addition, Louise has filmed video presentations in conjunction with Threads Magazine and available in various formats through their website. They include a vast body of information about construction and fitting.
8 volumes of “Industry Insider Sewing Techniques” “The Versatile Jacket” “Quick To Sew Pants” “Fitting the Changing Figure”—a 2 DVD set
Her outreach to sewers includes her television appearances, which allowed her to demonstrate many of the techniques and ideas she uses to elevate the finished results her followers can obtain. She has appeared on a variety of programs:
“Sew Much More” on HGTV “America Sews with Sue Hausmann” on PBS (10 episodes) “Martha’s Sewing Room” with Martha Pullen on PBS
The foundation for Louise’s current expertise is solid and wide-ranging. Having earned her degree from the Art Institutes, she began her career as a fashion illustrator, creating illustrations for department stores, advertising agencies, and national accounts. Her work has been published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as newspapers and catalogs.
Her talent was noted at the Art Institute, and she subsequently was hired as the department head for the Fashion Merchandising and Design Program at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and Prospect Hall College. She moved on to teach Interior Design at Marymount University.
Her entrepreneurial spirit led to her found Cutting Corners Inc., a successful custom clothing business, allowing her to move from theory to practice at designing and constructing bridal gowns, tailored suits, and “high end” sportwear for a discerning and appreciative audience in south Florida.
Her eventual move to Winter Park, FL led to the opportunity to purchase Fabric Collections, a jewel box of a fabric store. Everything from weekend wear to business attire to prom and cocktail dresses came out of the carefully chosen fabrics and various classes in that store. Her customers included women from every walk of life in Orlando to international visitors to Orlando’s many attractions to members of the Orlando Magic basketball team
Once Louise had opened her store, she began to contemplate designing her own original patterns. She has created almost 40 designs, with some of the first designs still in the line and popular with her customers. In addition to hand-drafting all of her patterns, Louise creates the drawings on the front of the pattern envelopes, taking advantage of her fashion illustration background. She also draws all the step-by-step illustrations in the pattern instructions . Now both the fabrics and the patterns, as well as her educational offerings, are available online to a world-wide audience. Ladies from across the United States as well as Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and the Middle East order from cuttinglinedesigns.com.
Louise has been recognized by her customers and fellow educators with the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, as well as her induction into the American Sewing Guild Hall of Fame in 2016. This award has only been granted to 14 teachers over the 40-year history of the organization, which recognizes “individuals who have had a lasting impact on the home sewing industry with unique and innovative contributions.”
Sandy Miller has been interested in sewing from her early childhood. She began handstitching at 10, and by junior high school she was making all her own clothes. Her interest has never waned, and she continues to live out her fascination with all that can be done with fabric and thread.
Currently, she has a job that allows her to continue her sewing adventures. She serves as the first sample-maker for Cutting Line Designs patterns. As she works out the construction process for each garment, she writes and refines the instructions so that customers will be able to complete their own garments efficiently and with lovely results.
Sandy also teaches at sewing expos around the country and at local American Sewing Guild chapters, where she has the opportunity to pass on her enthusiasm for sewing and the knowledge she has gained from years of research and experience. These are among the events where she has taught:
Fabric Collections: education coordinator Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Atlanta; Worcester, MA; Birmingham; Washington D.C.; Pittsburgh; Lakeland, FL; Indianapolis. School of Art Fashion, Huntsville, AL Sewing and Stitchery Expo, Puyallup, WA American Sewing Guild: Chicago, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Orlando, Indianapolis; Atlanta; St. Louis Martha Pullen’s Expo, Dallas, TX
Sandy continues to teach at Cutting Line Design retreats held several times a year in Florida: those are listed on the Events page at cuttinglinedesigns.com.
In addition to teaching, Sandy tries to pass along sewing knowledge in other ways. She has written for Threads Magazine several times:
“Sew a Travel Wardrobe”—issue 183, February/March 2016
“Seam Finishes”— issue 165 and 166, Feb/March 2013 and April/May 2013
“Teach Yourself to Sew: Dart Smarts”—issue 170, Dec/Jan 2014