Welcome to My New Blog

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

After a long and rewarding career teaching sewing to adults and teens at a local technical college, I just didn’t want the fun to end!  I also felt there was a great demand to provide our community with  affordable classes on a variety of topics, including custom made clothing, pattern fitting and alterations, pattern drafting, and textiles.

Students who have taken our classes not only come away with refined sewing skills, but the confidence to start their own businesses, find jobs in the fashion and design industry, or earn 4-year degrees. In fact, our students are armed with the knowledge necessary to be accepted by prestigious schools such as the University of Washington, Oregon State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and various Art institutes.

I’m passionate about learning everything there is to know in this industry and it’s my desire to bring Tacoma, Washington “The Best of the Best” in sewing and drafting instructors. As in the past, I will continue to invite experts like Kenneth D. King and instructors Lynda Maynard and Anne Whalley to our school for the benefit of our students.

If you’re in the Tacoma area and would love to learn the art of garment sewing, we hope you’ll contact us!

~Ryliss Bod

Let me introduce myself



Ryliss Bod
 is the Director and Head Instructor at the Sewing and Design School. She has extensive teaching experience teaching Fashion Construction & Design at a Washington State Technical College. She instructed courses for both continuing education and career training in all levels of sewing construction, home decor construction, fashion accessory construction, fashion design, fitting & pattern alterations, pattern making, textiles, history of fashion and quilting. 

She received her teaching degree and studied art, clothing construction and textiles at Central Washington University, pattern-making and CAD from Gerber Technology, fashion design at the Paris Fashion Institute and pattern-making and construction techniques from Kenneth D. King and countless others. 

Throughout her career she developed workshops and fashion shows, hired instructors and conducted fashion and fabric shopping field trips to Portland, San Francisco and New York. 

Ryliss was a contributing Editor at Sew News Magazine in 2013 and Threads Magazine August 2016.

Ryliss is the Director of the Washington State’s Central West District for the National Make it with Wool Contest.

Ryliss may be contacted directly at Ryliss@comcast.net.