Contact Megan at 805-244-5800 or Megan@SBseamstress.com


Megan Illgner is a seamstress in Santa Barbara known as “Santa Barbara Seamstress.” Hailing from the wholesome and hardworking Midwest, she transplanted to the west coast after earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas.

She is currently incubating a sewing business at SBCAST and exploring the seemingly endless avenues of textiles. Her recent projects include everything from clothing alterations to costumes to quilts to bridal dresses to large scale shade structures and everything in between.

She does quite enjoy working with sequins and faux fur for music festival fashion and gets a real kick out of watching people transform. The majority of her costume and clothing design has been centered on fashion for these events. She is looking to expand into technical sewing for athletic specialty garments.

While sewing at a hundred miles an hour in the studio she enjoys listening to random documentaries, TED talks, and audio books. Her goal as a seamstress is to become an expert at all things related to textiles. She studies fabrics, stitches, sewing machines, garment construction, patterns, color relationships, and how to actually turn a passionate lifelong hobby into a business. She is currently working on "The Autobiography of Megan Illgner," the book she was born to write.


Megan at the Garment District in Los Angeles


Mending is better than ending.

Words to Associate with Megan

Seamstress, Santa Barbara, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Photoshop, Costumes, Music Festivals, Quilts, Mending, Color Theory, Fonts, Typography, Visual Communication


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Hours of Operation

Currently available by appointment only.




Megan's SBCAST bio!

Graphic Design Portfolio

Megan's Graphic Design Link!

Santa Barbara Independent Article

Sew Cool

Santa Barbara Sentinel Article

Creative Characters by Zach Rosen (skip to page 16)


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