Megan Illgner

Seamstress & Graphic Designer

Work Experience

Costume Designer & Seamstress

April 2015 – Present
Santa Barbara, California


Owner. Expansion of private commissions. Research and development of festival fashion clothing line. Specialize in faux fur garments and apparel design while taking on a variety of general sewing projects.

Bridal Alterations The Dress

April 2017 – November 2017 (Seasonal, as needed)
Santa Barbara, California

High end alterations. Take wedding dresses apart and reconstruct them to perfectly fit the bride-to-be. There’s a lot going on in those dresses. Requires precision sewing and symmetrical adjustments. Knowledge of fine fabrics and materials, various stitches, and garment construction. Make sure everything looks perfect OR ELSE!

Occasionally help with dress sales. Narrow the selection of potential dresses based on wedding atmosphere and which style best suits their body type. Help brides-to-be in and out of dresses. Gently guide them 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

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

According to LinkedIn: “Since 1986, The Independent has been required reading for the South Coast’s active & sophisticated population. The Independent reaches more than 135,000 readers in Santa Barbara County each Thursday with in-depth news reporting, the most extensive calendar of local events, and the best arts and entertainment coverage in the region.”

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. Responsible for graphic design output. Design flyers for upcoming shows. Design monthly calendars. Use of Photoshop and InDesign for graphic design projects. Cover any front of house position as needed.

Freelance Website Development & Graphic Design

March 2012 – June 2015
Santa Barbara, California

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

Customized WordPress examples: (maintenance to already established site)

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
Degree – Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Major – 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.

Visual Communication Design students learn to combine communication and technology with design and business to create powerful visual solutions. Students become adept in analyzing communication problems and inventing beautiful and appropriate solutions that respond to human needs and improve the quality of business, government and everyday life. Course content deals with a variety of visual communication design problems related to the community, society, industry, commerce, and advertising. Attention is given to the development of a well-rounded, representative, and quality portfolio.

Career options for visual communication designers include a wide range of areas such as traditional print media, magazine and book design, corporate marketing communications, branding, packaging design, exhibition and environmental design, motion graphic design, website design, interface design and more.

Volunteer Work

Concession SalesSanta Barbara Bowl

April 2014 – Present
Santa Barbara, California

Volunteer for non-profit music venue. Provide hospitality to attendees either 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 and create memorial blankets for the surviving loved ones. Survivors provide the clothing and I provide the batting and additional fabric. I hand sew custom blankets which memorialize and celebrate the lost life. This is independent volunteer work. To complete each blanket I volunteer about 30 hours in labor and $50 in materials.


Fishbon Arts Collaborative

2017 – Advisory Board
2016 – Board Member
2015 – Advisory Board
Santa Barbara, California

Non-profit art thingy