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Sewing. Teaching. Traveling.

Those three words describe the dreams of Designer/Sewing Educator, Carla Robertson. She had no idea that God would use these childhood dreams as a life purpose. Carla A. Robertson has been designing and sewing for over 40 years. With the encouragement and the backing of her parents she started her business at 16 with one customer who wanted to encourage Carla's sewing skills.That business grew into designing wedding gowns, women's suits and costumes. In 1999 she was inspired by a sermon from her pastor, Dr. Tony Evans, to use her gifts to teach the next generation and Carla's Sewing School was born. Her passion is to see "the light come on" in the mind of her students when they see their dreams come to life. The program was renamed the Sewing For Life program to express her gift to reach anyone of any age to begin sewing. She has seen "the light come on" in the lives of many children and adults in the DFW area. Carla has also seen "the Light come on" in the lives of people in Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Haiti and South Africa in her travels to teach where needed. The light extends to another one of her interests...

Dallas Designing Dreams

Passion + Collaboration = Transformation

Arthur Porter and Carla Robertson met in 1999 when he became one of the first students in her sewing classes. After the class was over Arthur went on to master his leather crafting skills and started teaching members of the community. Arthur became a two time State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Winner. Meanwhile, Carla was inspired to take her sewing classes to another level through programs in Kenya and becoming the Director of Costumes for Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Carla is also the Co-Costume Designer for an Award Winning program through Harry Stone Montessori Drama Department. In 2006, Arthur started Dallas Designing Dreams and that is when the true meaning of their creative connection came to life. Together they realized that they were on the same mission to help the community develop creative talents, skills and business know-how. Between the two of them they have transformed many lives in the US and abroad.

Since 2006, with the help of many volunteers, Executive board members Arthur Porter, Carla Robertson and Lance Peeler have collaborated to develop Dallas Designing Dreams into a viable community networking facility. They offer creative skills development with marketing and entrepreneurial opportunities to children, youth, breast cancer survivors , and young people with autism/learning differences, High school/College interns, Veterans, and seniors.

Why Us?​

"Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can do"...Arthur Ashe


"We believe that everyone has been given creativity as a gift. 

That gift must be nurtured by "starting" with what you have 

and doing your best. Perfection is not the goal."


Our niche is conducting small classes to have 

close interaction between the instructors students 

for great learning opportunities.


BS - Texas Woman's University - Costume and Textile Design 1985

AA - El Centro College - Apparel Design 1982

Currently serves as

Co - Founder of Dallas Designing Dreams - Programs, Giving Saturday, and 

Handbag Patternmaker

Co-Designer of costumes for Irma Rangel theater dept.

Design Your Dream class instructor

Currently Carla teaches Sewing classes at

Dallas Designing Dreams - Adult, teens, children

SALT Homeschool Educational Co-op

On Mission trips- already traveled to Kenya, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Haiti and Nigeria

Gathering of the Girls- Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas, Tx

Carla's Experience includes

Teaching at several local sewing related businesses

Co-Costume Designer for the award winning Harry Stone Montessori School Drama Dept.

Ministry Leader of the Costume/Sewing Ministry at 

Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church

Sewing Machines Sales for Bernina/Babylock

Alterations for Davids Bridal​