Megan MacNeal started on her journey into the world of modest fashion as a classically trained harpist. While making the transition from student to paid performer, she started looking for dresses to wear when performing at weddings. After searching high and low, she found there were no fashionable, modest options that fit her budget, and so the idea of Virtuous Prom was born. Since then, Virtuous Prom has taken on a life of its own and Megan has never looked back.
Creating a Niche on Etsy, Business 101
Starting his first business at eleven years old, and six more since then, Robert C. Brace has learned the value of killer marketing, and discovered a passion for it. Today his company serves small to medium corporations, providing clarity and results in the convoluted world of marketing, online and otherwise. “Robert is a force of nature. I’ve worked with him closely on several writing and marketing projects. He’s a problem solver, a gifted writer, and an exceptional marketer.” – Alex Lerma, Filmmaker, Freelance Creative
An artist and educator, Susan Knight brings a wealth of knowledge to her design work. Formerly an Instructor of Art at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, Susan taught classes in drawing, watercolor, interior design, three-dimensional design, and art appreciation. Her education includes a B.A. in Art and an M.S. in Education with a concentration in art. Susan continues to use her art knowledge and experience both in daily life and in her work as a freelance seamstress and silk scarf designer.
The Art of Design
With a love for fashion, modesty, sewing, photography, and all things creative, Madison McQuary has shared and developed her gifts since the fall of 2014 on her fashion blog Minnie Muse. Inspired by a love for vintage fashion with a classic air, Madison is constantly styling and documenting her unique fashion with her growing audience. Apart from blogging, she has also recently utilized her ideas and gifts as an entrepreneur in opening up her own Etsy shop called The Skirtery, where she sells custom midi skirts for classic souls. She is excited to be a part of Modest Fashion Guild 2017 and can’t wait to teach others about what she loves.
Styling Outfits for a Photoshoot, Clothed in Kindness
Melissa Mora is an author, designer, and teacher. Her first book, Sundressing, was published in 2016 and showcases 21 dresses for women and girls. She designs for Riley Blake fabrics, and sewing patterns from her brand Blank Slate Patterns are carried in Joann stores nationwide. Melissa blogs at Melly Sews, where she gets to combine her love of sewing, teaching and writing in one creative place. She spent 12 years in the classroom as an award-winning high school theatre teacher before leaving to become a full time designer and writer, and now claims the entire internet as her classroom. She has also written for Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery, and Sew It All Magazine.
A native Texan, Melissa lives in Austin with her husband and two boys.
Joyce McGowan is a masterful seamstress and veteran entrepreneur, recently retired after ten years of owning a fabric and quilting store in Taylor, Texas. Her experience and expertise ranges from selling sewing machines, to creating beautifully tailored apparel, to building and maintaining a loyal customer base. In her capacity as a store-owner, Joyce has taught many to sew and to quilt, something she will continue to do after moving on from the business. You don’t want to miss her classes!
Sewing for Professional Results, Choosing a Sewing Machine, Business 101
In 2009, Lisa Blenman founded Jade Mackenzie Apparel, realizing her long-time dream of owning a clothing line. Her dream is now flourishing as a nationally-known brand, and Jade Mackenzie Apparel has opened a storefront location in Houston. Lisa has a penchant for designing apparel that is both modest and modern, and her line includes everything from layering tees to skirts and dresses. She loves helping women and girls find beautiful, modest clothing through her business, and is committed to offering both style-quality and value.
Idea to Garment: The Design Process