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Classes at SEWN Studio are led by designer and seamstress, Rachel Rector, in downtown Gainesville, Florida.

Rachel moved to Gainesville in 2006 to study Art History at the University of Florida. After graduating, she launched an online vintage boutique, Red Lips Vintage, and began learning to sew by reconstructing garments from estate sales and thrift stores. She then moved to Portland, Oregon, where she studied apparel construction & patternmaking at the Portland Fashion Institute. She interned at Colette Patterns, Elizabeth Dye and Tani Thompson. She became obsessed with high-end lingerie and independent designers while working at Lille Boutique and began making panties, bras, and bodysuits out of her bedroom. In 2013, Rachel won Portland Fashion Week's Emerging Designer Contest and debuted a 10-piece lingerie collection under the name, RR Lingerie, for a crowd of nine-hundred. 

Rachel packed up her studio and relocated to Brooklyn, New York to pursue lingerie design. With the help of over 140 generous supporters, she ran a viral Amelie-inspired crowdfunding campaign to manufacture RR Lingerie at a family-owned factory in New York. In summer 2015, Rachel acted as the Designer-in-Residence at Birdie's Panties in Kansas City, Missouri. 

Rachel has shown collections at Portland Fashion Week, Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exhibition, West 18th Street Fashion Show, and Pride Awareness Month Fashion Show.

Inspired by the dream to build a community of sewists and fashion designers in her beloved Gainesville, Rachel began offering sewing lessons out of her studio in 2016. Her favorite garments to sew are swimwear, dancewear, and lingerie. When she isn't at SEWN or exploring nature, Rachel works as the Production Leader at Girl & A Serious Dream. 


Interviews ///

Portland Mercury - A Word with Rachel Rector

She/Folk - Interview with Rachel Rector

For The Love of Lingerie - Up and Comers

Duplex Collective - SS '13

Duplex Collective - In the Studio

Votre Grand Soeur - Rad Ladies

Lingerie Briefs - Independent Inspiration

Reviews, Articles & Mentions ///

Portland Mercury - Unmentionable 2014 In Review

Portland Mercury - Portland Fashion Week, Day 1

Portland Mercury - Rachel Rector Launches a Kickstarter Campaign

Portland Mercury - Highlights from Unmentionable 2015

CNBC - Amateur Hour on Kickstarter is Over

Lingerie Talk - Rachel Rector's Bright Beginnings

Lingerie Talk - Crossing the Gender Divide: New Label Offers Style, Comfort for TG Community

Lingerie Talk - Three on a Match: NYC Indie Labels Host Their Own Lingerie Shop

Lingerie Talk - One Designer's Inspiring Scavenger Hunt

Bustle - "Portland's Unmentionable 2015" Fashion Show Really Needs to be Mentioned

Portland Monthly Magazine - The Best of PFW's Future of Fashion Show

Portland Monthly Magazine - Local Lingerie Takes Over Portland

Portland Bride & Groom - Underneath it All

Spaces Kansas City - Birdies Has A Lot to Chirp About

Blue Stockings Boutique - The Power of Kickstarter Lingerie

Tide & Bloom - Rachel Rector Lingerie

Editorials ///

Vice - Bodytalk

Portland Monthly Magazine - Fine Print: A Stunning Exploration of Spring Style in Portland

Cake Mag - Disco Nights

Ladygunn Magazine - Beauty Retroactive

Jute Magazine - Orphans

Videos /// 

Un Film de RR

Portland Fashion Week

West 18th Street Fashion Show