The Story Behind Sirena Patterns
More than 30 years ago I fell in love with the art of sewing. What inspired me the most was the magic of transforming a piece of fabric into “wearable art”. I started drawing and sewing using commercial patterns when I was just eight years old. My trip to the fabrics stores was my Disneyland. It was as if I discovered a whole new world. I would go to sleep reading over and over the pattern instructions, fascinated by the illustrations and the whole deal of cutting the tissue pattern pieces, laying them over the fabric and finally making that "puzzle" into a garment that I could wear. That and many other fashion experiences inspired me to create Sirena Patterns.
My first trip to New York in 1982, right after taking my first sewing lessons, changed my life forever. I proudly wore a wardrobe made by yours truly, and yes, I was only eight!, and after a few hours in the Big Apple I decided I would live there someday... and I did it. Fifteen years later I made it to F.I.T. and studied fashion design in Manhattan. I worked and studied under fabulous people that inspired me to open my own business.
My swimwear line is available exclusively at the Ritz Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico and my online store. My t-shirts and clothing line can be purchased in boutiques nationwide and of course www.tommiehernandez.com .
Sirena Patterns is my dream come true. Technology has given me the power to help people all over the wold and teach them about sewing and fashion. My pattern shop will soon be up and running and you can come to my page to get awesome free content.
A few things about me:
As a fashion designer, I have presented collections locally and internationally in:
Chicago Latino Fashion Week, Panamá Fashion Week, The Big Casting Show, Orlando Florida; Fashion Show for the Soldiers, Fort Campbell, Tennessee; Punta Cana Fashion Week in the Dominican Republic, and San Juan Moda, among others.
I designed the official swimwear of:
Nuestra Belleza Latina 2012, Miss Universe PR (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009) and Miss World PR (2005-2010), Miss PR Teen (2008-2012), among many others I have been a guest host as fashion advisor on numerous TV shows
Celebrities like Vanessa Minillo, America’s Next Top Model winner Caridee English, actress Cynthia Olavarría, TV hosts Rashel Díaz, and Miss Universe Denise Quiñones have worn my clothing and swimwear.
Local and international press has featured my designs: California Apparel News, Waterwear Magazine, The Swim Journal, Ocean Drive, Imagen, and Ego, among others.
I enjoy learning as well as creating wearable art, so I recently finished an MBA, in my spare time I teach pattern making, sewing, design and marketing at several universities.
1. My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing... I can watch it 1,000 times and still cry… “Nobody puts Baby on a corner!”
2. I am a terrible dancer; worse than Elaine from Seinfeld!
3. I practiced martial arts and volleyball for five years; I even won the best female athlete in my senior year!
4. I love coffee, I’ve tried to manage without but I like myself better when I am caffeinated.
5. Pizza is my favorite “cheat/reward” day food