Berna Alvarado

Berna is a San Francisco seamstress with decades of experience. She has been sewing since age nine and has sewn women’s clothing, hats, and bags, costumes for dance and theater, soft goods for the home including pillows and cushions, window treatments (sheers, drapes, shades), bedding (duvet covers, coverlets, dust ruffles), table cloths, and many one-of-a-kind items (the net that protects Claude the Albino Alligator in his habitat at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco).

Her teaching experience is almost as long as her sewing experience. She has taught all age groups,¬†from 5 all the way to 70+. She has an extensive wealth of knowledge and is talented, patient, good at explaining things, and makes learning fun. Berna is able to see each of her students’ needs and strengths and to address them with skill and enthusiasm.

Image: Berna at 9 years old, in the first dress she sewed.