Chelsea Leigh

Freelance Fashion Illustrator & Creative Writer

Location:Federal Way, Washington, United States
2 Skills
CHELSEA GILCHREST / (206) 383-0277

Apparel design graduate with strong computer aptitude,
organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to
multitask efficiently. Experienced sewer with knowledge of
garment construction and development. Critical thinker with
effective researching skills proven through work experience in
title insurance. Developed communication skills through 13
years of experience in customer service and front desk reception.

Technical drawing using Adobe Illustrator
Specification packages
Pattern design using OptiTex
Efficient in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
Efficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Garment construction & alteration
Industrial sewing & serging / Hand sewing
Flat pattern drafting
Pattern design & alteration
Pattern grading: grid & shift methods

AAS, Apparel Design & Development
Seattle Central College 2015
Recipient of Seattle Promise Scholarship
Spring 2014 / Spring 2015

Cori Lynn & Co. Design Assistant/Sample Sewer - July 2014-Current
Assist designer Cori Lynn develop her startup online business by
dispensing design input, drafting skirt patterns, truing existing
patterns, sewing samples, and perfecting fit of skirts, dresses
and blouses, sewing garments to fill online orders, and
preparing packages sent to retail customers worldwide.
Twala Intimates, LLC - Contract Sewer / Internship -
April - Nov. 2013
Constructed women’s lingerie garments on a contract basis.
Interacted with designer Twala Coggins biweekly to receive
patterns, fabric, and instructions, or to return patterns and
deliver completed garments. Received regular instruction and
mentorship to gain better knowledge of constructing garments
from delicate fabrics.
Designer’s Assistant, Twala Intimates, LLC
Assisted designer Twala Coggins with organization of backstage
preparation for multiple fashion shows. Compiled outfits and
assisted models in dressing and changing during shows within
confined areas. Maintained a calm demeanor in a chaotic setting
often using personable skills to soothe and inspire amateur
models, while maintaining a sense of urgency. Performed minor,
immediate, hand-stitched alterations on garments as needed.
In My Skin Fashion Show, Salsa N’ Seattle Dance Studio,
Seattle, WA - June 2014
Chance Fashion Show, Neighbours Night Club,
Seattle, WA - Feb 2014
Lingerie Party & Fashion Show, Encore Boutique Night Club,
Tacoma, WA - Nov 2013

My Violette Contract Sewer May – July 2013
Constructed women’s skirts and tops on a contract basis. Met
with designer Corrine James biweekly to offer design assistance,
retrieve fabric and basic design ideas, or to deliver completed
garments or patterns. Drafted simple patterns independently and
constructed garments in small batches.

Macy’s - Retail Sales Associate (Seasonal) - Oct. – Jan 2013
Greeted customers and assisted them in acquiring clothing
appropriate for their needs. Utilized cash register and
processed payment for purchase, exchange, and return
transactions. Responsible for preparing cashbox before opening
hour, as well as closing out cashbox and submitting money for
nightly deposit.

Seams To Last - In-House Sewer - Jan – July 2004
Constructed children’s clothing for designer Michelle Grupe from
pre-cut garment pieces on an industrial overlock machine.
Performed under direct supervision of designer while
receiving mentorship to gain better knowledge of garment

Blueberry Ewe - In-House Sewer - March – June 2004
Applied edge finishes to pre-cut baby blankets and burpies while
operating industrial binding machine. Assembled finished
products into gift packages and prepared units for shipping to
wholesale customers nationwide.

JoAnn Fabric & Craft Store-
Retail Associate (Seasonal) - Oct 2003 – Jan 2004
Greeted customers in a friendly manner and assisted them in
locating merchandise. Assisted customers at cutting counter by
accurately distributing fabric. Helped maintain organization
and clean appearance of store.

Guardian Security - Data Entry Specialist - (Temporary) -
March – June 2013
Jefferson Title Company - Title Assistant/Receptionist -
June 2010 – May 2011
Escrow Assistant - Sept. 2009 – June 2010
Recording Officer - July 2005 – May 2006
Receptionist/Policy Typist - July 2004 – July 2005