Melissa Mora is an author, designer, and teacher. Her first book,Sundressing, was published in 2016 and showcases 21 dresses for women and girls. She designs for Riley Blake Designs, and sewing patterns from her brand Blank Slate Patterns are carried in Joann stores nationwide. Melissa blogs at Melly Sews, where she combines her love of sewing, teaching and writing in one creative place. She spent 12 years in the classroom as an award-winning high school theatre teacher before leaving to become a full time designer and writer, and now claims the entire internet as her classroom. She has also written for Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery, and Sew It All Magazine.
A native Texan, Melissa lives in Austin with her husband and two boys.