I have been sewing since I was old enough to ask my mom to use her needle and thread and then her sewing machine. She told me I should wait until I was 12, but I couldnâ€™t! I taught myself the sewing basics from reading the patterns in her collection and watching her and my aunt and grandmother sew. In high school I made most of my clothes and honed my craft by trying to copy the ready made clothes of my peers, imagine me putting buttonholes on collars to make the button down shirts popular at the time!
Being self employed is inherently eco friendly with no commute! I re-purpose as much as possible, I recently used the curtains from my college dorm as some bag linings. (Thatâ€™s going to be our little secret….OK?)
Where do you get your ideas/inspiration?
As my family likes to say, fabric has always been my drug of choice. And it is true, fabric is my drug and my inspiration. I let the fabric lead, I just follow, it usually takes me to a good place.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a set of bags incorporating some bowling patches I purchased from an Etsy vintage vendor. I just love the colors and the retro vibe, and Iâ€™ve always loved the wacky look of bowling shoes, so Iâ€™m working on some designs to hopefully pull all that together.
Is your art/craft your full time job? If not what do you do to pay the bills?
I quit my day job as of January 1 2011! I have been a seamstress and sample maker for a designer in Atlanta for the past 17 years and doing my accessories business during nights and weekends. It feels great to head to my sewing room every day now and work on my own ideas and not someone else’s . I havenâ€™t paid many bills yet……….but I know I will!
My husband and I own a sailboat that we enjoy spending time on during the weekends. Oh, and the (very) occasional bit of yard work.
What is the most eco-friendly purchase you have made?
We owned a Honda Insight which we loved. Imagine, 66 mpg!