Alison M. Schmidt, Technical Editor

A passion  for sewing and quilting shared with the growing DIY sewing and crafting community, using the problem-solving skills gained in my 5 years experience as technical editor at a leading craft publisher and  10+ years of experience as a costumer in film and television.


Sewing: quilting (including long-arm machine quilting), including traditional patchwork,appliqué, improvisational work, and  modern quilting; upholstery, custom-made garments, pattern drafting, alterations,, beading, embroidery; costume/fabric dyeing, distressing, and ageing, including tie-dye and batik; Sourcing vendors and materials for pattern drafting, pattern grading, and garment construction; co-coordinating costume shop labor (tailors, drapers, stitchers, etc); product placement (promotional items worn on camera); Script breakdown; scheduling; handling actor talent; budget management and tracking; accounting; photographic and historical research


Technical Editing:

Verify accuracy of sewn project instructions (quilts, garments, bags, home décor, and crafts)

Verify accuracy of math related to sewn project instructions (cut sizes and quantities, finished sizes, yardage requirements)

Assess skill levels of projects and edit according to skill level

Maintain consistent styles of editing across 3 varying brand standards (C&T Publishing, Stash Books, and Funstitch Studios)

Prepare models for how-to photoshoots

Organize and schedule how-to photoshoots with authors and photographers

Source props for for photoshoots, including promotional materials from manufacturers

Assist on styled photoshoots to ensure technical accuracy of photography

Verify accuracy of how-to photos

Prepare estimates for digital illlustrations bids

Prepare rough hand-drawn illos for digital illustrators to meet high accuracy & print quality standards, as well as following company, design, and space utilization standards

Review and compile multiple rounds of edits with feedback from authors, other editors, and designers

Assist freelance editors and customers with technical questions

Correct errata in published books and maintain log of pending corrections

Garment sewing:

Determine materials and  quantities needed for each costume/garment to be made, often in advance of  actual pattern drafting

Create line drawings from costume illustrations to aid patternmakers

Source labor for manufacture of one-off and small production runs of costumes

Manage costume shop labor, ensuring on-time completion without excess overtime

Source/shop fabric, trims, buttons, etc  and maintain records for future production

Fit made-to-order and/or purchased garments on actors

Alter garments as needed, quick ‘TV-style’ or couture-level (rolled hems, hand-stitched zips, etc)

Age and distress fabrics/costumes to meet designer’s vision

Act as liaison between costume designer and costume shop


Break down scripts with specialized software to determine quantity of costumes needed, due dates for these costumes, and convey this information to the department

Track schedules and schedule changes

Create necessary customized forms in Excel to management’s specifications

Schedule fittings with multiple participants: designers, supervisors, actors, directors, tailors

Detailed note-taking in actor fittings and design meetings

Draft communication to Extras casting agencies re: costume guidelines for background atmosphere

Author professional correspondence to outside vendors, re: custom manufacture and high-end product placement (i.e. Calvin Klein, St. John Knits, Gucci)

Share costume designer’s and director’s vision with set costumers to ensure background atmosphere on set is correctly attired


Work with cinematographer and still photographers on set to ensure actors are appropriately represented

Prepare visual portions of design presentations

Research period and contemporary fashion, celebrities, historical figures

Knowledge of costume rental houses to meet the productions’ specific needs

Ability to mentally ‘size-up’ people to determine actual garment and pattern size

Ability and imagination to visualize


Manage and maintain a petty cash float as high as $10,000

Manage and maintain purchasing card accounts for multiple users with limits as high as $10,000

Write and track Purchase Orders for outside vendors

Write and track Check Requests for outside vendors

Track budget and create regular reports for accounting department and production supervisors

Notify management of potential or existing budget overages in timely manner

Maintain detailed recoverable asset list, including photos, descriptions, and physical locations



Freelance Technical Editor -Client list/references available upon request


Technical Editor, C&T Publishing, Concord, CA


Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers, Judy Gauthier, Stash Books, 2017

No Scrap Left Behind, Amanda Jean Nyberg, Stash Books, 2017

Modern Triangle Quilts, Rebecca Bryan, Stash Books, 2017

Stripe Quilts Made Modern, Lauren S. Palmer,  Stash Books, 2017

Transfer, Embellish, Stitch, Jen Fox and Sarah Case, Stash Books, 2016

Hack That Tote!, Mary Abreu, Stash Books, 2016

Sew Illustrated, Minki Kim, Kristin Esser, Stash Books, 2016

Patternless Sewing Mod StylePatty Prann Young, Stash Books, 2016

Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18″ Dolls, Erin Hentzel, C&T Publishing, 2016

#OOTD (Outfit of the Day) Sew & Style, Angela Lan, Stash Books, 2016

The Appliqué Book, Casey York, Stash Books, 2016

Quilted Celebrations, Amanda Murphy, Stash Books, 2015

Flip & Fuse Quilts, Marcia Harmening, C&T Publishing, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook, Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo, Stash Books, 2015

Wool Appliqué the Piece O’ Cake Way, Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins, C&T Publishing, 2015

Girls’ Guide to DIY Fashion, Rachel Low, Funstitch Studios, 2015

Sewing to Sell, Virginia Lindsay, Stash Books, 2014

Ribbon Girls, Maryellen Kim, Funstitch Studios, 2014

Modern Appliqué Illusions, Casey York, Stash Books, 2014

Sew in Style – Make Your Own Doll Clothes, Erin Hentzel, Funstitch Studios, 2014

Adding Layers, Kathy Doughty, C&T Publishing, 2014

The Refashion Handbook, Beth Huntington, Stash Books, 2014

Modern Prairie Sewing, Abigail Long, Stash Books, 2014

At Home with Modern June, Kelly McCants, Stash Books, 2014

Boutique Casual for Boys & Girls, Sue Kim, Stash Books, 2014

Visual Guide to Working in a Series, Elizabeth Barton, C&T Publishing, 2013

The Loyal Union Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts, Jennifer Chiaverini, C&T Publishing, 2013

Stitch Zakka, Gailen Runge, Stash Books, 2013

The Best-Ever Appliqué Sampler by Piece O’ Cake Designs, C&T Publishing,

Becky Goldsmith & Linda Jenkins, 2013

The Essential A-line, Jona Giammalva, Stash Books, 2013

Liberty Love, Alexia Abegg, Stash Books, 2013

Color Essentials, Amanda Murphy, Stash Books, 2013

Inspired to Design, Elizabeth Barton, C&T Publishing, 2013

Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Lissa Alexander, Stash Books, 2012

Hat Shop, Susanne Woods, Stash Books, 2012

Fresh Perspectives, Carol Gilham Jones and Bobbi Finley, C&T Publishing, 2012

2011 – earlier:

Captain America, film, Key Background Costumer

Big Love, TV series, season 3, Key Costumer

Lily, TV pilot, Key Costumer

Nurses, TV pilot, Key Costumer

3 Lbs., TV pilot, Key Costumer

Franklin & Bash, TV series, season 1, Set Costumer

The Whole Truth, TV pilot, Set Costumer

Three Rivers, TV series, season 1, Set Costumer

The Riches, TV series, season 2, Set Costumer

Numbers, TV series, season 1, Set Costumer

Sunshine Cleaning, film, Costumer

Spring Breakdown, film, Costumer

Catwoman, film, Costumer

Happy Endings, film, Costumer

The Tenants, film, Costume Supervisor

Bruce Almighty, film, Assistant Costume Designer

I Witness, film, Assistant Costume Designer

Sleeper Cell, TV pilot, Assistant Costume Designer

Hollywood Division, TV pilot, Assistant Costume Designer

Bounty, TV pilot, Assistant Costume Designer


Sew Modern, fabric shop, Los Angeles, CA, sales/sewing class teacher/quilt math for shoppers

Borders Books, Bridgewater, NJ, sales/visual merchandising




Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
B.F.A in Costume Design with University Honors, 1997



Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); Google Docs and Sheets; Social media: Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Flickr

C/Plot Pro & MTPro (costume department breakdown & budgeting software)


Costume Designers Guild, IATSE Local 892, Assistant Costume Designer

Motion Picture Costumers, IATSE Local 705, Key Costumer

IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical & Stage Employees) International Conference 2010, Delegate

Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild, member since 2009 founding

 References available upon request