About Claire Shaeffer

An independent researcher, Claire Shaeffer is an internationally respected designer, teacher, and author. She writes regularly for several magazines in the United States and Australia, and teaches workshops in Palm Springs, CA. She was awarded the Professional Association of Custom Clothiers Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the American Sewing Guild’s Hall of Fame Award in 2012 for her contributions to fashion sewing.


Claire has authored more than 20 books and videos including: Couture Sewing Techniques, Tailoring Techniques, The Couture Cardigan Jacket, The Couture Skirt, Couture Techniques Workshop: Basics (DVD), Designer Trims (DVD), and Sewing for the Apparel Industry. She also designs the Custom Couture Collection for Vogue Patterns.  














Claire is focusing on research, writing, and patterns. Two of her colleagues—Linda Homan and Barbie McCormick— are teaching a Chanel-inspired workshop in Palm Springs January 9-14, 2020. Claire will also lecture and discuss her Chanel couture collection. Both Linda and Barbie are professional dressmakers with a variety of skills. Students will fit a jacket toile, then proceed to cutting and fitting a personal jacket. This is the only workshop of its kind and an exciting opportunity to learn useful couture techniques and create a fabulous jacket. For more details, contact Linda at lhdesign@gci.net  or Barbie at sewgood625@yahoo.com