Margaret Islander's 35-year background of training and experience cover garment production, couture sewing, fitting and tailoring. As a technician at a Los Angeles training center for garment industry workers, she mastered every aspect of production, including speed systems, production sewing, cutting, pattern drafting and pattern grading. Based on this training, she developed her first "Industrial Shortcuts for Home Sewing" course in the early 1970's. As the demand for her expertise grew, she founded the Islander School of Fashion Arts in Grants Pass, Ore., which continues to graduate many satisfied students.
Janet Pray, President of Janet & Company, Inc. (Islander Sewing Systems), has an educational background in business and fine art. Self-employed since 1981 as a Fiber Artist, Fiber Arts teacher and Sewing Instructor, Janet has exhibited her award-winning works across the U.S. at many fine art fairs, Renaissance Festivals, galleries and boutiques. All of Janet's patterns include revolutionary pattern guides designed with the Islander Sewing Systems techniques.