Nicole Hanley Markelz | | 650-504-1124


As a recent Apparel Production graduate and long-time personal seamstress, I bring, 30+ years of sewing experience, as well as strong pattern drafting, communication, and organizational skills.  As a community college instructor, I also have experience communicating, working with, and assisting people of all ages, backgrounds, and educational levels.


  • Summer Workshop (Couture Techniques) Paris American Academy, Paris, France, July, 2017
  • Apparel Production, A.S. West Valley College, Saratoga, CA,  May, 2017
  • Botany, M.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2003
  • Biology, B.S. Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1999


  • Instructor, West Valley College, Saratoga, CA August, 2018-present
  • Lecturer, Fabric Analysis I & II
  • Instructor, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA 2007-present
  • Lecturer/ lab instructor, Form & Function in Plants & Animals
  • Lecturer/ lab instructor, Human Biology
  • Over 30+ years of sewing experience, creating my own clothing and other items
  • Guest Blogger for Britex Fabrics, San Francisco, CA, 2013-present: Wool tweed jacket: & Silk blouse:
  • Sewing blogger at Nicole at Home (, 2010-present
  • Fashion Show Dresser, Paris, France, July 2017 : Georges Hobeika, Alexandre Vauthier & Zaid Nakad
  • Freelance pattern tester 2013-present: Man’s peacoat:


  • Pattern drafting from measurements and using block patterns
  • Pattern drafting using Gerber (CAD) software
  • Experience preparing technical specification packages
  • Knowledge and experience working with all types of fabrics: delicate, knit, heavyweight
  • Fast, efficient, and precise sewing
  • Basic and couture sewing techniques  
  • Experience with lockstitch, overlock, buttonhole, and coverstitch machines
  • Exceptionally well-organized and detail-oriented
  • Well-versed in maintaining “lab notebooks” and other means of process documentation
  • Ability to troubleshoot sewing machine issues
  • Strong ability to communicate complex topics, using a variety of active learning techniques
  • Experience with PC and Mac platforms, Microsoft Office, Google products and Adobe products