03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sophie Theallet Stitches Michelle Obama Dresses At NY Kitchen Table

At the heart of the operation is a simple kitchen-style table, which she complains is "not quite at the right height." It was made for sitting at and eating, rather than the meticulous business of sewing and drawing.

Yet this is the nerve center of an operation that stretches around the world.

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