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Shirley Cunningham -- native Texan, artist, author, designer, lecturer and master-fitter -- graduated from Texas Women's University in 1956 with a B.S. degree in Clothing and Costume Design. Married for 41 years, mother of three, grandmother of five.
Shirley founded THE SEAMSTRESS SCHOOL OF DALLAS in 1962. Her school curriculum was designed to teach couture sewing, design and fitting, the techniques followed by couture designers. Encouraging fine fashion sewing, it set the standard for quality in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex for 30 years.
She established JSL FABRICS INC., a 3,700 sq. ft. fabric store in 1989 and brought together quality teaching and beautiful fabrics under one roof.
To answer the need of her students, the understandable pattern altering system, "FOR THE FIT OF IT" was developed in 1979. With the help of her husband Bob, the computerized version entered the market in 1989.
Shirely is author of the following illustrated manuals to accompany the pattern analysis:
"For The Fit of It" © Your road Map to Personal Pattern Alteration of Bodices, Jackets and Coats, Vol.I]
"For The Fit of It" © Your Road Map to Personal Pattern Alteration of Skirts and Pants, Vol. II
"For The Fit of It" © The Artistic Handbook For At Home Designers, Vol. III
Shirley authored THE DRESSING ROOM © for those needing a little assistance in bringing together body lines, fashion silhouettes and commercial patterns. It is published in a captivating format with concepts home sewers can clearly grasp.
Shirley has also produced the following videos:
"FOR THE FIT OF IT"© Your Road Map to Personal Pattern Alteration Vol. I (1 hour 45 min.)
"FOR THE FIT OF IT" © Your Road Map to Personal pattern Alteration, Fitting Skirts Vol. II (45 min.)
"FOR THE FIT OF IT" © Your Road Map to Personal pattern Alteration, Fitting Pants Vol. III (1hr. 15 min.)
Shirley describes "FOR THE FIT OF IT" as the SOLUTION to the problem that has plagued those who desire to sew for themselves and others while using commercial patterns. The system is organized, eliminates erroneous decisions, it's precise and it works."
JSL FABRICS and the SEAMSTRESS SCHOOL was closed in 1991 when inventory was destroyed by a fire. Shirley hit the road from west to east and places in between conducting seminars and training others in the teaching and selling of this revolutionary product.
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