About the Designer

Nicole Markelz

Resume (pdf)

I’ve been sewing since I could hold a needle (about 35 years now…yikes!) and might have been the only undergrad at my college with a sewing machine in her dorm room (where I majored in Biology and then Plant Biology in grad school).  On a whim a few years ago, I enrolled in a pattern making class at West Valley College.  I just loved it, and after three years of taking classes part-time, I graduated in Spring 2017 with an A.S. degree in Apparel Production!  

The name Bea & Lucille is in honor of my two grandmothers. While my mom was the one that taught me how to sew, both Bea and Lucille taught her. Both of my grandmothers have passed away, but I still think of them when I knit and sew. In fact, I often ask myself, “What would nana do?” and typically the answer is to pull out the seam ripper and make it right.

A sewing work studio in my home.

This is my sewing space/ guest bedroom/ office.  I work on the following sewing machines: