Megan Illgner


Technical Seamstress / Bespoke Clothing Designer

Work Experience

Technical Seamstress / Bespoke Clothing Designer Santa Barbara Seamstress

April 2015 – Present, Santa Barbara, California

Owner. Expansion of private commissions. Research and development of bespoke clothing. Specialize in apparel design while taking on a variety of sewing projects including prototypes for items to be manufactured.

Tailor Ace Rivington

January 2018 – Present, Santa Barbara, california

Tailor denim jeans to perfectly fit customers at a Mens and Womens Fashion Boutique.

Bridal Alterations The Dress

April 2017 – November 2018, Santa Barbara, California

High-end alterations. Take wedding dresses apart and reconstruct them to custom fit the bride-to-be. Precision sewing and symmetrical adjustments. Knowledge of fine fabrics and and complex garment construction.

Occasionally help with dress sales. Narrow the selection of potential dresses based on wedding atmosphere and which style best suits individual body type. Gently guide brides through the decision-making process by highlighting a number of factors and pointing them towards their best match.

Editorial Designer Santa Barbara Independent

March 2016 – May 2017, Santa Barbara, California

Graphic Design. Create double pages spreads with Adobe InDesign for a weekly newspaper.

Manager, Graphic DesignerSOhO Restaurant & Music Club

October 2012 – June 2016, Santa Barbara, California

Manage a team of 20 employees. Ensure that the night club is operating safely and profitably. Oversee security, control cash, supervise operations. Cover any front of house position as needed.

Responsible for graphic design output. Design flyers for upcoming shows. Design monthly calendars. Use Photoshop and InDesign to create promotional material.

Freelance Website Development & Graphic Design

March 2012 – June 2015, Santa Barbara, California

WordPress Customization: Consultation and implementation of design, layout and navigation.

Freelance Design: Print and Digital Design including: logos, brochures, flyers, menus, and websites

Graphic Design Portfolio:

Sign ArtistTrader Joe’s

October 2012 – September 2014, Santa Barbara, CA

Responsible for daily design, illustration, maintenance of handmade shelf tags, informational chalkboards, and special projects with rapid turnaround.

Alternate Language TeacherInterac

March 2013 – March 2014, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan

Language instructor and cultural ambassador in Japan. Created lesson plans and taught 20-25 lessons each week. Taught at 6 elementary schools and 1 junior high school. Participated in extracurricular activities with students.


Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

Spring 2016, Santa Barbara, California

Self-Employment Training – 14-week course providing week-by-week training in the most important aspects of organizing, financing, marketing and managing a small business. Participants leave the course with a complete business plan to manage the business and/or apply for funding.

The University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Visual Communication, emphasis in Graphic Design

Visual Communication Designers shape the information that everybody sees, uses and experiences. The Visual Communication Design (Graphic Design) program at KU prepares students for current professional demands and provides students with the fundamental design thinking, making and process skills required to build a rewarding career and facilitate life-long learning.

Volunteer Work

Face Mask Prototype & DevelopmentSanta Barbara Bucket Brigade

April – July 2020, Santa Barbara, California

Develop and refine face mask designs for COVID-19 safety. Laser cut templates for other volunteers to use.

Concession SalesSanta Barbara Bowl

April 2014 – October 2018 (5 seasons), Santa Barbara, California

Volunteer for non-profit music venue. Provide hospitality to attendees in concessions or the beer garden. And then we get to see the last 30 minutes of the show!

SeamstressMemorial Blankets

November 2011 – Present, Santa Barbara, California

Transform clothing from the deceased by creating memorial blankets for the surviving loved ones. Hand sewn custom blankets which memorialize and celebrate the lost life. A gift offered to support those experiencing grief.


Fishbon Arts Collaborative

2015 – Present, Santa Barbara, California

Non-profit arts incubator. Board Member / Advisory Board depending on the year. Artists, engineers, designers, and creators collaborate on projects that explore the imagination and expand the creative repertoire.