Award winning designer Linda Stewart has over 26 years of sewing experience, specializing in bridal, formalwear and alterations. She was chosen as both a 2006 and 2007 Bernina Fashion Designer,. In June of 2004 she won the Best Workmanship Award from Threads magazine for her entry in the Threads/PACC Striped Challenge. She also was co winner of the Audience Choice Award at the PACC Educational Conference held at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2016 Linda again won The Thread's Challenge with the most unusual use of fabric.
She has studied with Susan Khalje at both the Couture Bridal Sewing School and the Couture Sewing School, in Baltimore, MD. She has studied "The Moulage" with world renowned San Francisco/New York designer, Kenneth D. King. Linda has also attended classes by Sandra Erickson and Sarah Veblen in draping, design and patternmaking.
Garments designed by Linda have been featured in Threads as well as Bead and Button Magazines. Linda's gowns have also been featured in Claire Shaeffer's book Sew Any Fabric and in the 2008 Fabric Sewing Guide both published by Krause Publishing.
In April 2004, Linda launched her alterations class series which includes Advanced Alterations for Professionals, Advanced Specialty Alterations: Bridal and Formalwear, and Ready to Wear Alterations for the Home Sewer. She has also taught classes in textile preservation and heirloom sewing techniques.
Photo by Sloan Howard for Threads
Threads Challenge winning gown 2005
"Consider the Lilies"
from the 2006 BERNINA Fashion Show, Magnifique! Photo by Kim Coffman, courtesy of Bernina and Quilts, Inc.
Linda is a member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals. Under her direction the ASDP launched their Master Certification Program in the fall of 2008. She completed her Master Sewing and Design Professional Certification in 2012 and in 2014 her Master Alterations Specialist Certification making her the first dual certification recipiant. She currently serves ASDP as its president.