Rosemary Epperson’s love of textiles and sewing techniques has been a continuous thread throughout her life. Her interest in all things fiber was stimulated during her youth by relatives and home arts teachers, and she began making her own clothes. Formal academic classes in fabric dyeing, quilting, weaving, felting and beading at Towson University’s the Fiber Arts program furthered her knowledge.
This background led Rosemary thirty years as the licensed clothing buyer, merchandiser and Director of the Towson University Store.
Now retired, Rosemary shares her skills in pattern-making and couture sewing classes at the Maryland Center for Fashion Design. Currently she is working on a line of wearable art embellishing clothing with applique and embroidery. Her creative process is organized, yet flexible to allow for imaginative insights discovered during the process.
Rosemary believes that hand-stitching imparts a special touch of the human hand and imagination that distinguishes custom clothing from mass-produced ready-to-wear.
I have really grown a lot as a seamstress while attending classes at the Maryland Center of Fashion Design. All of the classes are very hands-on with guidance from the instructor throughout the course. While I used to struggle with creating well-fitting garments from commercial sewing patterns, after taking the Patternmaking and Pattern Design class, I can now design garments that fit my measurements perfectly. Mrs. Pritsker broke everything down and made it very easy to understand the basic principles of drafting and altering patterns. I also learned several new professional techniques in the Beginner Couturier 1 class that have made all the difference in the final outcome of my sewing projects. The instructor Tori gave very clear, precise directions every step of the way and showed us a variety of techniques that can be applied to almost any sewing project. The garments I make now not only fit well, but look more store bought than homemade. Even complete strangers have complimented me on how they look.
“Ella knows that every curve and contour of the body must be carefully attended to. Each garment she creates tells an exclusive story about the one who graces it. Her ensembles seem to foretell the glamour of a special moment to come. As her client, I am assured that every request will result in a timeless piece, made with the finest fabrics and Ella’s obvious passion for excellence. Ella Designs successfully caters to all genders and generations, bringing ideas to life while capturing unique personalities. I am thoroughly enjoying my tailored journey with Ella, and plan to experience her talented services for many years to come.”
Cassandra C. Harley
First Lady of Healthy Choice Ministries International
Being at MACA has reinforced my love for dressmaking and my desire to be good at it. I’m thrilled for the experience under Ella’s tutelage to gain the skills and confidence I need to create professional success and personal satisfaction for myself.
I belong to a sewing lounge owned by Blondell Howard (Baltimore, MD). Through her, I connected with Ella Pritsker. Ella is an expert in couture sewing. Awesome instructor and so willing to share her gift. I had the opportunity to take her beginning couture class and I learned so much!!! If you love to sew, please check… out her website.
I recently completed Ella’s BC1 class where we learned how to take measurements, draft three skirt patterns, make muslins and sew a pencil skirt for class. This class reignited my passion for sewing, helping me to hone my skills and take me to the next level. My main interest for coming to the class was to learn how to make my own pattern for a garment that would fit perfectly. I succeeded and am thrilled with my new skirt. I also learned additional skills for making a garment with a more couture finish.
I learned more in the year I spent under Ella’s (the founder) instruction than I could have ever hoped for. She gave me the tools I needed to move ahead with my career and the confidence that comes with a good education. I cannot say enough about how powerful the experience was for me.