Eileen Colleran

Eileen’s love for sewing and crafting started when she was a school girl in Massachusetts. Guided by her mother, Eileen continued her love for the stitch in college when she started sewing with a machine while studying to become a civil engineer. After years of designing highways and railroads, her lovely Nana gave Eileen her vintage Elna sewing machine.  Hours of fun working on various projects and many new friends at M. Avery Designs ensued!  In her spare time Eileen enjoys traveling, volunteering and enjoying the sights and sounds of the region.

Alisha Forler

Alisha Forler is a recent graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and is currently working as a Fashion Designer with a specialization in Women’s wear.

She has spent the last three and a half years studying specialized techniques such as draping, pattern making, fashion art, tailoring and painting on silks.

Alisha grew up in the suburb of Wheaton, right outside of Chicago, IL and moved to New York in 2007 when she was accepted to FIT after having sewn since she was eight years old.

In 2009 she was honored to work with Designers Heike Jarick and Daniel Vosovic as she completed her associates degree in Fashion Design

Recently she spent a year abroad in Milan, Italy studying under extremely skilled Italian professors, learning Italian techniques to Sewing and Design.  Upon her return to New York, she moved to Hoboken, NJ and is now completing her final year at FIT.
After being a student for so long, I have become very interested in sharing my education and helping others in the imagination and creation of their own designs.