Many people can say that their mother taught them how to sew. I can not. Her mother never taught her. Many people can say their passion came from their father’s mother. I can not. She couldn’t sew either. However I can say they taught me in their own special way. When I expressed interest in sewing the two of them put their heads together and came up with a plan. They asked my cousin’s stepmother who had a custom sewing business. She accepted the task and taught me the basics.
After high school, like most, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I went to college just because I thought it was what I was supposed to do. I majored in art, but the classes, while interesting, gave me no za za za zow. I had one class that I looked forward to… costuming. I thought ‘this is the path for me,’ but I didn’t care for all the theatrics. I took a year off and by the end of that year I knew what I wanted to do. I was going to be a fashion designer. Yes, I had found it. I spent all my free time building a portfolio of sketches. I went to college again, this time to study apparel design.
I finished my degree, but a funny thing happened while I was going to school. I discovered that within the fashion industry there are many different jobs and sub-industries. During an advanced patternmaking class we had to do a mens shirt. Who knew that menswear could be so amazing. I liken menswear to a haiku: you get to be incredibly creative, but have very tight parameters to work within. Just my style. I also realized that, more than the fancy sketches, I enjoyed the technical side of design. I love figuring out how to put things together, trying it, and going back to the drawing board. So now, that is what I do: technical design and patternmaking, aka making all the sketches into a reality. So if you are looking for someone to help with tech flats, tech packs, pattern drafting, grading, markers, or sourcing (either freelance or a full time employee) look no further because after your long journey, here I am.