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Cecelia Podolak, Material Things


Cecelia Podolak, whose specialties include jackets and pressing, has been an inspiration to others at seminars and workshops both in Canada and the United States. Through her own company, Material Things, she holds annual West Coast Sewing Get-A-Ways on "Fearless Jackets" and "Pattern Fit & Style". Her highly acclaimed video, Fearless Pressing, was released in the Fall of 1993. Her most recent project is a line of designer basic patterns that feature professional fit called "The Classics."

She has been a contributor to Threads magazine where both her Harris Tweed Jacket and All-Weather Raincoat have been featured on front covers. Two of her articles, "Contemporary Tailoring" and "Jacket Linings Made Easy" have been widely used and are compiled in a Threads book, Jackets, Coats and Suits. A third article, "Sewing the Perfect All-Weather Raincoat" has been included in the Threads book, Techniques for Casual Clothes. Her latest book for Threads, Easy Guide to Sewing Jackets, was published in the fall of 1995.

Cecelia has a Master's Degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising, and lectures part-time at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, on Comparative Clothing Construction and Apparel Design. Her background experience includes high school teaching, adult education, and twelve years as owner/operator of a retail fabric store.

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