Fashion entrepreneur, designer and writer Sharon Blair (center) studied couture sewing in Paris with Anne Bizet (l) and Muriel Ivagnes (r) at the Paris American Academy. Sharon also has a bachelors and a masters and advanced studies in apparel.
She is a member of the Portland Business Alliance on the board for the Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Committee. She teaches apparel construction for Columbia Sportswear, patternmaking and fitting for Nike and similar classes for other area apparel companies. Her goal is to work with other business leaders to recreate Portland as a market center for the apparel industry.
Portland Sewing started business in 2002 with a beginning sewing class for four students. The business has grown to add classes in intermediate and advanced sewing, tailoring, draping, design and specialty classes on zippers, textiles and sewing difficult fabrics. In 2010, Portland Sewing added classes on the business of apparel.
Sharon owns and directs Portland Sewing.
Her apparel life began more than 20 years ago as a custom clothing business called BlairWear. That company now offers two lines of clothing: StudioSKB (Vintage Inspired. American Made.) and SKPDX (Easy wear. Easy care. Beautiful clothes made in the USA). Sales benefit The Nature Conservancy and Locks of Love.
Sharon’s work has been featured in national and local publications: Threads, SewStylish, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, The Mercury, UltraPDX and local fashion shows. She has appeared on KATU’s AMNorthwest as the “Sewing 101” expert.