About Me & FSS


I am a retired school teacher who has been sewing since she was 9 years old. Over my lifetime I have had the joy of teaching others to sew.   I love sewing and I love sharing that excitement with others to help them realize their own sewing dreams.  I taught my daughter in law how to sew and she suggested I join my 2 passions in life teaching and sewing into Fairhope Sewing School a dream come true for me.  My goal is that my students become as passionate about sewing as I am.  

My teaching style works. I teach for the beginner. I don't just tell you what to do. I explain the WHY of the steps, too. This ensures you understand what you are doing not just following blanket rules.

While not trained professionally as a seamstress my sewing has given me the opportunity over the years to sew a variety of things from couture to costumes. Here are some I have sewn for clients: all items needed in a wedding, cheerleader uniforms, costumes, prom and mardi gras gowns, bedding, drapes(various window covering), upholestry, and garments for day to day use. My skills are varied and have taught me what works and what does not work. I will pass on to my students what will help make them be a successful sewist!  

Having an educational background has enabled me to understand how a child learns. 

Please feel free to call, text or email me with any questions.  


Pattie Williams



About My Classes

  • I teach children between 6 years up thru 17

  • Adults (18 years) all different levels of ability from beginner up

  • Adult classes are limited to only 2 per class

  • I give Private Lessons in your home or mine 

  • Mommy & Me Classes-One parent and one child (YES even an adult child)

  • Specialty Workshops-faux heirloom sewing, machine embroidery, window treatments, upholstery etc.

  • Children students must be able to learn & interact well in a group environment, follow directions, and read well.  

  • Each student is provided an individual sewing station, which includes a sewing machine and tools. 

  • Children Sewing Curriculum I use a curriculum I have developed from years of teaching young children.

  • Adult Sewing Curriculum is one I have developed. Easy, simple, yet comprehensive

  • My students will come away from my classes being a confident sewer.

  • Learning in a smoke-free environment.

Students move at their own pace.  After they finish a project, they go on to the next.


It is the best feeling in the whole world when you have the joy of showing a person how to sew and they say this to you....."Sewing is something that I not only constantly learn from, but something that constantly satisfies me."



Me now :) and my High School Graduation pic.  I made the dress I am wearing in this picture.