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​​Anna Timm
Sewist, Beginning-Intermediate Level Instructor

​Anna began sewing as a small child, making tiny quilts under her mother’s quilting frame. Her passion for textiles grew on her aunt’s farm where she watched raw wool being processed into garments. The process of turning fiber to something beautiful and wearable sparked an insatiable curiosity for all things fabric.

In Illinois, Anna studied painting and taught art classes as a graduate assistant, fueling her love for material and passing on knowledge. She began sewing costumes for her friends, and in the theater department, then began making her own clothes for the beautiful details and custom fit that only personalized sewing can offer. 

Instructors and Staff

Erin Retelle        
Owner, Custom Sewing, Bridal Specialist, Intermediate-Advanced Level Instructor


Erin has been sewing more or less all her life. She began designing and sewing clothing for her dolls as a child, and then moved on to full-sized fashions after learning to use a sewing machine. She’s been her friends’ go-to gal for custom costumes and outfits, mending and alterations for almost two decades. 

After moving to Boise in 2004, she picked up some more advanced design and construction techniques from local instructors and fell into helping design and build costumes for the ballroom dance community she is a part of. She and partner Frank launched Oversway Originals, a custom ballroom dance costume company, a precursor to sewBoise.

Erin comes from a family of educators, and is no exception, many have described her as an exceptional teacher.
She thoroughly enjoys teaching, learning and sharing sewing tricks with others.

Zuzana was born and raised in Slovakia. When she was 13, she knew what she wanted, but couldn't afford it, so she had a great idea, "I'll make it myself!" Zuzy pulled out her grandma's sewing machine, and her mom's old clothes, and started creating. 


The beggining was bumpy, but as stubborn as Zuzy was, she didn't give up. By the age of 15, all Zuzana's spare time was spent drawing, painting, and sewing. She was sewing all her clothes, and sewed clothes for friends and family too. Even at that age, she knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. 

Zuzana Brower
Custom Sewing & Alterations 

Jeanah Alder
Alterations, Custom Sewing, & Beginning-Intermediate Level Instructor

Private Lessons Available! Click the button to see the schedule and reserve a time 

​​Olivia Terry
Bridal Specialist 

Zuzana went to the School of Fashion and Clothes Production, where she received her Bachelor's degree. Afterward, wanting to take her success abroad and explore the world, Zuzy left Slovakia and moved to Switzerland for a few years, where she studied French at the University of Geneva, and where she met her husband, who is from the United States. 


The couple moved to the US and married, and Zuzana is now a wife and mother of two. She is still creating and still believes what she believed at 13, "I'll make it myself!" Zuzy has been adding to sewBoise's success since 2015.

group classes,

private lessons,

weekend workshops

and open labs

Sewing/designing has been a part of Jeanah's life since her earliest memories, coming from a tradition of resourceful, stylish, women and men. She enjoys practicing and expanding her technique regularly and being able to share that knowledge with others. Jeanah specializes in hemp and organic fabrics, hand dying, up-cycled projects, and small batch production. 


Jeanah has been adding to sewBoise's success since 2017.​  Learn from Jeanah.

​​​Clare Nelson
Shop Assistant

Clare is a lifelong artist and crafter. She always has to be in the midst of some sort of creative project, whether that's drawing, writing, making music, or sewing. One of Clare's favorite activities is thrifting for old clothes and turning them into something new and one-of-a-kind.


Clare is currently a student a Boise State University pursuing a degree in illustration and hopes to one day write and illustration children's books. From her experience as both an art student and a team member of sewBoise, Clare has come to realize the importance of surrounding herself with creativity in all of its many forms.

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Anna’s specialties are in project planning, fabrics, and detail work. She loves sharing her passion for textiles and finding just the right fabric for a successful project. Anna joined the team at sewBoise in 2019, where she gets to use and expand her textile knowledge every day. When not sewing, spinning yarn, dying, or knitting, Anna can usually be found exploring the vast wilderness outside of Boise. Learn from Anna.

sewBoise is accepting in-person appointments for alterations. Click to schedule! If you have items to pick up, or items to drop off that do not require a fitting, please call or text 208-685-9410 for curbside service, or use our sewConvenient Dropbox.

​Group classes are paused for the summer. Private lessons are available in person, or on Zoom.

If you would like to see the custom face mask styles we are making, click here

Stay happy and stay healthy!

Olivia first became interested in sewing when her best friend’s mother was planning her wedding, and she caught a glimpse of her bridal magazines. Immediately interested, Olivia began making Frankenstein style dresses out of sheets, until her mother had had enough, and signed Olivia up for classes with Erin at the age of twelve. Ever fearless in her pursuit of fashion and sewing, she attempted to make a wedding gown and a tulle formal as her first 2 projects. Erin and her other teachers managed to rein her in enough to help build basic skills. Since then, Olivia has made dozens of garments of varying complexity, including her Rococo era styled prom dress for her senior year of high school in 2016. The dress used 14 yards of silk dupioni and took several months for Olivia to complete after she designed it and drafted the pattern. Olivia, an avid thrift store shopper and vintage clothing enthusiast, has also altered and repaired scores of her finds.   

Since its opening in 2012, Olivia has been working at sewBoise; first as shop assistant, then as an instructor for Jump Start Beginning Swing and the summer youth sewing camps, and now as a bridal alterations specialist. Olivia is pursuing a degree in historical fashion at the university of Brighton in England, graduating in 2021. ​ 


In 2010, Erin joined the Association of Design and Sewing Professionals and began participating in the organization's annual educational conference where she continues to expand her sewing and design skill set, improve her teaching techniques and share her work. 


Being an engaged business owner and asset to her community is central to Erin's plans. She graduated from the Executive MBA program at BSU in May of 2018, and was one of the Idaho Business Review's honorees for the Accomplished Under 40 Award in 2016 (see page 31).

Erin teaches intermediate and beyond students, including teens and pre-teens. Although she only speaks English herself, she is comfortable teaching those whose primary language it isn't. Erin is one of sewBoise's knit and serger expert. She works extensively with the Moulage as well as with commercial patterns, and is always up for a rework of a pattern or existing garment.

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Read more about Erin in the press, schedule a private lesson with her, or send her an e-mail.