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 no longer teaching workshops so she can focus on research, writing, and patterns. If you are looking for excellent workshops, check with my assistants Linda Homan and Barbie McCormick. Both are professional dressmakers and have a variety of skills. To learn more about them and their workshops, contact Linda at lhdesign@gci.net  or Barbie@sewBoise.com