Marla Kazell has been sewing professionally for 36 years and creates beautiful couture clothing for special
clients in her custom clothing business in Tigard, Oregon. Her focus is on fit and fine construction. She
specializes in beautifully tailored jackets and suits, pants fitting, dresses and separates.
She learned to sew in her 7th grade Home Economics class and began her career in the sewing industry as a
sample seamstress in the Research and Development Department at Stretch and Sew in Eugene, Oregon. As she
developed her custom clothing business, Marla continued to learn all she could about fitting, fashion and
sewing with many well-known teachers, including 12 years of study with couture expert, Bobbie Carr.
Marla has written articles for Sewing Update Newsletter and for Notions, Threads and Sew News
magazines. She was the featured expert for the Sew News "Q&A" column for 4 years.
Her love of sewing led Marla to share her expertise in classes and hands-on workshops in Portland,
Oregon and across the country. After being privileged to serve as technical advisor for the book,
Couture The Art of Fine Sewing by Roberta Carr, Marla created and taught the Palmer/Pletsch
Couture Workshop for 10 years.
She has presented classes at the American Sewing Guild (ASG) National Conference for 14 years and for ASG
and Professional Association of Custom Clothiers (PACC) chapters, the New York Fashion Academy in
Seattle, Washington, Josephine's Dry Goods in Portland, Oregon and for private groups in Portland,
Seattle, Chicago and New York. Her travels have taken her to designer workrooms in New York, couture
showrooms in Paris and fabric stores everywhere.
Click here to read an Oregonian newspaper article featuring Marla.