Lynda has been teaching clothing construction and pattern drafting for many, many years. She loves working with enthusiastic students who want to elevate their skills. For fun, she heads for the teach, dinner and theatre with friends, and concerts. Lynda enjoys gardening, cooking, getting together with family and friends. Early every morning she can be found in the pool, swimming laps.
Lynda Maynard has enjoyed a long career that highlights a wide array of experience in varying contexts of working with fashion. She’s brought a passion for fashion to countless classrooms spanning over 15 years and, during that time, served a number of community colleges while simultaneously leading workshops across the country.
Her specific areas of expertise include topics of couture sewing techniques, fitting, and pattern drafting. Coursework developed and taught includes Moulage (French Pattern Drafting), Pant Draft, Copying Ready-to-Wear, Lingerie, Working With Difficult Fabrics, and numerous other offerings.
Academic professionals call on Lynda for continual development of college level courses in Fashion Design. Her talent and expertise expands beyond the local community with multiple published works including two of her own book titles, De-Mystifying Fit followed by The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques. Additional publishing credits include her regular contributions to both Stitch magazine and Threads magazine and a collection of interactive online video courses commissioned by Craftsy. Through all of these mediums combined, her followers know that her technical innovations, product quality, and attention to detail are the core components of her signature style.
Lynda is the author of The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques, Essential Step-by-Step Techniques for Professional Results, published in 2010 by Interweave Press. While the book is not currently in print, you can find used copies on eBay or through used book sellers. If you'd like to read a book review, look here, at PatternReview.com.
Lynda was featured on the Sew Organised style podcast in September 2020. See more about it and listen to the Sewover50 podcast through this link.
Lynda teaches two online classes on Craftsy.com, Sewing on the Edge: Finishing Techniques, and Sew the Perfect Fit.
Lynda has also written several articles for Threads Magazine, including