We spoke recently with Lynda Maynard who teaches: Lingerie, Pants Drafting, Pants Construction, Copying Ready-to-Wear, Bustier, and French Pattern Drafting.
Cañada Fashion Department (CFD): How long have you been teaching at Cañada?
Lynda Maynard (LM): 8 years.
CFD: In addition to teaching Cañada fashion students, what do you do fashion related?
LM: I teach online and at other schools for classes and private groups, I have written 2 books and I am a regular contributor for “Stitch” magazine. I still do a small amount of private work.
CFD: We enjoyed your book, The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. Are there any other books in the works?
CFD: A lot of your courses focus on fit. What is your fit philosophy?
LM: My basic belief is that all women (and men) can look stunning if their clothes fit properly. Embrace the body you have and clothe it with well fitting garments that flatter your figure. I don’t consider myself a fit expert, I am still learning and I make many mistakes.
CFD: What is the most rewarding thing about teaching Cañada students?
LM: Definitely, the broad smiles of gratitude when a student arrives at a well fitting, comfortable garment.
CFD: Can you tell us a little about your education and how you came to be doing what you do?
LM: When I was about 15, I had 2 mentors. One woman was a beautiful sewist and she made extraordinary garments. She used very high end fabrics and beautiful colors, but her garments were not body conscious. My other mentor fit beautifully, but her construction skills were lacking. It was at this time that I decided fit mattered, and I was on my way.