Stitches in Time
A Sewing Journey
You could say that sewing is in my blood. My family history is filled with women who worked as sewing machine operators in the Pennsylvania garment industry. When I sew, I feel the threads of time stitch our lives together across the fabric of existence.
I started sewing when I was a young girl. I would use scrap fabric and ribbon to hand-sew accessories for my beloved toy horses. It wasn't until college that I bought my first sewing machine and learned how to use it. I remember it being a long, frustrating road teaching myself how to thread and sew with it.
My first project was a t-shirt quilt that I never finished (though I still have all the pieces). It helped me to figure out how to operate the machine and sew straight lines. But what I really wanted to do was sew my own clothes, a journey that I wouldn't start until over a decade later because I was too nervous about wasting fabric. I had to realize that nothing is wasted on learning.
Frustration with the fashion industry fueled my leap into self-taught clothing alterations and pattern drafting. I was tired of mass produced clothes that weren't made to fit anyone. Even the best fitting off the rack clothes can't compare to the fit of something made to all your unique measurements. Some of these ready made clothes might fit well enough, but I've never been one to leave well enough alone. Which brings me to now.
I sew unique, high quality clothing that is made to perfectly fit my body. I feel in my bones that I deserve it, my body deserves it. My body deserves to be wrapped in clothing that feels soft against my skin, and beautifully flows in motion with me.
Your body deserves this too - and if you ever find yourself broken hearted in front of the dressing room mirror, I want you to know - your body isn't broken, the fashion industry is.
My Favorite Sewing Gadgets
A fire burned in my heart the first time I wore a piece of clothing I had designed and sewn myself. I never knew clothing could fit like this. I felt amazing. As I looked at my gleaming smile in the mirror, my righteous anger flared - I wanted a refund. I wanted to take all the years spent in tears, furiously hating my body and return them to the fashion industry where they were purchased. Clothing should be made to fit the body, never the other way around.
It is time for a change. Time to shift away from fast fashion and back to bespoke clothing. I believe it is better for our planet, our wallets, and our self-esteem. I hope to empower more people to walk this body-affirming journey with me, by inspiring those who want to sew to begin and grow their skills, as I share what I have learned and the clothes I create. It is time for us to stitch together a new paradigm, one project at a time.