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Polderman - Seamstress - Berwyn, IL, USA

Lisa Polderman

Berwyn, IL, USA


Entrepreneur, Dressmaker, Teacher and Writer.

 Run all aspects of my business from planning to budgeting to marketing.
 Create one-of-a-kind garments for women. Specialize in garment construction, pattern design,
couture sewing techniques, customer service, fit and style guidance.
 Teach private and group sewing lessons for children and adults at a variety of locations.
 Design and write a bi-weekly blog that receives over 9,000 pageviews per month.
 Writer/Contributor to Stitch Magazine. Published in the following issues: Summer 2013,
Style 2013, Gifts 2013, Spring 2014.




Proficient in fitting and sewing garments for women. I run a business fashioning custom made garments for women and I am also interested in creating samples for designers.

Work History

Sewing Instructor

Riverside Recreation Department

From April 2014

Taught Hand Sewing and More Hand Sewing for children age 6 and up. 100% retention rate (all students attended all classes and re-enrolled in second session). Currently offering Saturday Workshops at this organization.

Sewing Instructor

The Little Bits Workshop, River Forest, IL

From June 2012

Teach sewing classes and camps from age 8 to adult, including Sewing Bootcamp (adults), Sew-a-Skirt drafting class (adults), Easy Sewing for the Holidays (teens & adults), Sewing Fridays (kids), Sewing Saturdays (kids), Camp Runway (kids). Excellent reviews from students.

Sewing Instructor

PoldaPop Designs

From May 2012

Teach group and individual lessons for kids and adults, including Beginner Sewing and Intro to Garment Sewing.


PoldaPop Designs

From May 2011

Create one-of-a-kind garments for women. Specialize in garment construction, pattern design, couture sewing techniques, customer service, fit and style guidance. I create everyday and evening wear garments for women who want high quality garments.

Teacher Supervisor

Institute of Reading Development

December 1998 - September 2010

 Interviewed and hired reading teachers. Interviewed candidates at all levels of the hiring process and made hiring decisions within a teaching region.
 Led online and in-person training for 20-40 new teachers every year. Ensured that all staff members were ready to teach all program levels, K-adult.
 Directly supervised 30-45 teachers per year, including classroom observations and in-service meetings to help teachers develop teaching and communication skills. Oversaw instruction of approximately 12,000 students annually.
 Provided customer service to students and parents. Worked closely with customer-concerns and operations staff to ensure that the off-site programs met the standards of the Institute and University Partners. Communicated directly with customers. Created detailed statistical reports of teacher and program performance for the Director of Instruction.
 Oversaw operations within a teaching region. Reviewed payroll/expense reimbursement for all teachers. Created schedules for up to 50 teachers across 5 states. Managed inventory within a teaching region, ensuring that the right materials arrived in the right place at the right time.
 Responsible for opening new regional office in Atlanta, GA. During my tenure, the Atlanta Teaching Center expanded programs throughout Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, and Arkansas.

Reading Instructor

Institute of Reading Development

May 1998 - November 1998

 Taught reading enrichment programs for students ranging from 4 years old to adult in Chicago, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and in and around other major metropolitan cities.
 Received excellent course evaluations from all age levels for ability to connect with students and lead engaging, rigorous, and fun lessons.


Wool Wiggle Dress

Custom wool wiggle dress created for a private client. This garment features underlining, gussets, drapery weights in the back vent, and lining. The dress was created using a commercial pattern and sewn by hand and machine using couture sewing techniques.

Black Lace Custom Wedding DRess

Custom couture wedding dress for a private client. This garment features an internal bustier with underlining and spiral steel boning, black Chantilly lace overlay, silk charmeuse with cotton batiste underlining, waist stay, and bustle. The dress was adapted from a commercial pattern and was sewn by machine and by hand using couture sewing techniques.

Qualifications & Certifications

Bachelor of Fine Arts

University of Warwick

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