About Teresa Sigmon and Sew Like A Pro™.
After two decades I am excited to take Seams Sensational in a new direction!
Instead of creating one-of-a-kind dresses for only a handful of women, I get to teach thousands of women around the world how to make the same high-quality, superior-fitting dresses I make. I get a chance to help many women around the world have an amazing dress – and to help them feel beautiful as they should.
I could not be more excited or inspired by this concept and the quality of the teaching programs I created for Sew Like A Pro™.
I look forward to serving and inspiring YOU to create exquisite gowns for yourself or others.
Teresa founded Seams Sensational in 1993 while she was still competing in the Theater Arts/Cabaret division as well as teaching. Within a year, she had four employees and had become one of the top designers in the American ballroom scene. As a result of working with hundreds of women across the U.S. and Canada, she finely honed her craft of creating stunning dresses that fit women of all ages, shapes and sizes – bringing out the best in each figure.
“I have had the privilege of working with some amazing women! I still remember the dress style, colors and fabrics used for almost every single dress. Crazy what the brain remembers.
There were a few years, at the height of my success when Seams averaged two dresses in the top six of each professional category, the judges would say, ‘Oh, there’s a Teresa dress.’ I realize now what an honor that was! Back then, I was too worn down from sewing, teaching, and competing to give myself – and my employees – a high-five for a job well done.“
Teresa began dancing at the age of five. Ten years of strict ballet left her hungry for more fun and less painful pointe work. She changed instructors and fell in love with Jazz and Modern. At age sixteen, she had the honor of attending Governor’s School of N.C. in the area of Modern dance. Teresa also received a N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship for dance.
While attending N.C. State University School of Design, she missed dancing and called a local ballroom studio to see about taking lessons. As luck would have it, at age eighteen Teresa became an instructor instead of a student (which was her true calling giving that she had been “teaching” aerobics and dance routines since high school.)
After only one year of ballroom training, Teresa was chosen to partner a nationally renowned dancer. In a classic case of “the road not taken”, she left behind her college days and fun times Dirty Dancing with her fellow dance instructors and began training competitively in Phoenix, AZ.
Teresa’s competitive accomplishments include:
- U.S. Professional Rhythm Champion and U.S. National Top Six Finalist, 1989-1991
- Chosen to participate in a goodwill dance tour in Russia. Traveled and performed for two weeks in Moscow and St. Petersburg, October, 1991
- U.S. Professional Rising Star Theater Arts Champion, 1994, and Open Top Six Finalist, 1993-1995
- Performed in the American Pavilion at Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, 1994
“Working with students of all ages – from twenty-one to eighty-one – is the true joy of being a dance instructor. I value what I learned from them along the way. Rewards from coaching were especially endearing during the years of maintaining an exhausting competitive schedule and working two jobs.
My students made my day: the way they squeezed my hand when they were nervous before a performance, the way their faces lit up when they finally ‘got’ a step or a concept they had been struggling with, or the sounds of their laughter at crazy mistakes or jokes. Many have long since left this dancing world, but I still cherish and admire them all.”