I remember sewing in our dining room as a teen. One evening my grandfather walked through the room, stopped, watched me for a few minutes and said, “You really ought to do something with that someday.”
Fast forward about 25 years – Driving home from vacation, I was staring out the window. My husband asked what I was in such deep thought about. I complained about work and said, “I want to start my own business.” I told him my ideas for Sew In Style and his response, “Then do it!”..…….I love that man.
I’ve been captivated by sewing in one form or another since I was about 10. Since then, I’ve learned as much about sewing as I could. I love sharing my passion with the next generation and Today I own a sewing school for kids. I started with one student and a lot of tenacity. After 11 years, I’ve had over 3000 kids & teens take lessons from me. I teach adults too, but my devotion is to kids …and they’re so much more fun to sew with.
A lot has changed since I first opened my doors. Sewing is no longer taught in any of the middle or high schools. The really terrific fabric stores have all but vanished, taking with them the quality wools, silks, and linens. The kids have changed, too. In many of them I don’t see the desire to be creative. Playing sports has become so important. Down time, if there is any, is spent glued to a device. I have students who have never built a snowman or sand castle. In fact, playing – just playing outside – isn’t done.
At the end of the day my job is to inspire. Opening that creative door for a new student is incredible. I love what I do! To have a nine year old sit down in front of a sewing machine and after one class create something of her very own that she can be proud of, is such a delight! I guide them and encourage them. But they’ve made a treasure on their own. It’s amazing to see how thrilled they are with that first project. And what a wonderful skill they’re now learning. I’ve had students of mine go on to study fashion, costume design, and fashion illustration I also have students who want to be doctors, accountants or engineers and are happy just having a creative outlet. I introduce them to various aspects of sewing: clothing construction, design, quilting, home decor etc. And even at a young age, kids know what they like It really doesn’t matter what they create – it’s just important that they do! They learn essential life skills while elevating their confidence! confidence is elevated! We all need a positive way to express ourselves and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to help kids find a unique form of self-expression through sewing.