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Denise W. Hall

Denise W. Hall, founder of Winifred School of Fashion Design, has brought her vast knowledge of sewing, fashion design and teaching to the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  Denise's passion for fashion started at a young age when her mother taught her how to sew at the age of 7.  "Public schools do not offer sewing classes and American children never learn how to sew".  Most of us, the 'mature generation', can remember learning to sew at an early age with our mothers, grandmothers or aunts (I learned from my cousin for my Girl Scout Badge).

Optimized Process

Denise studied at Minneapolis College of Art & Design and Epsom School of Art & Design in Epsom, England where she learned millinery (hat-making).  She then went on to Syracuse University where she studied Fine Arts, Fashion and Costume Design.  

Flexible Utilization

Denise's creativity does not stop at sewing!  She has taught drawing, painting, print making, photography, sculpture, theatre arts, and costume design to middle school students and adults alike.  

Flexible Utilization
Pattern Making

Denise has stepped up her game from sewing to pattern making as well.  She has purchased software to do fashion drawing/illustration and flat-patternmaking on the computer.  Denise learned flat-patternmaking traditionally on a table manually and is now able to offer this skill on the computer as well as the traditional method.  She assures me, no skill in drawing is necessary.

Optimized Process
Sky's The Limit

"Sowing value into one student at a Time allowing each stitch to open the mind with one stitch at a Time".

Smooth Transition
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Denise St. James, Founder
Photos courtesy of Darkroom Icons


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Vintage Pattern Warehouse
14 Jeanette Dr.
DeLand, FL 32720
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