I decided to start this project as a way to reach out to people who, for what ever reason, can’t find clothes they like, can’t find clothes that fit or can’t buy off the rack. This turns out to be almost everyone. While I can do business clothes and day to day wear, I prefer to create costumes, festive wear and special occassion clothing. Honestly, it’s more fun for me.
A little about me: I have been making my own clothing since I was 12, I am a size that doesn’t buy off the rack well and my grandmother was a very good designer and seamstress. She worked in theater and ballet and taught me to drape and fit my own clothes. She was also a milliner and loved whipping up a hat to go with an outfit for an evening out. She taught me to make hats, and knit, crochet, tat, embroider, etc. If a craft involves fiber I’ve probably learned it at some point. She was also a recreational/vocational thrift store shopper, and instilled in me the love of the hunt. And the thrill of remaking handmedowns into new garments.
I went on from there to designing for theater. I have been doing about 2 shows a year for the last 20 years. most recently for Ohio Valley Summer theater and The Ohio University opera. Working in community theater and opera has made me very comfortable with designing fantasy, historical and appropriate costumes for many shapes and sizes of people. I have also work with reinactor groups from several eras, medieval, renaissance, regency, victorian and steampunk, colonial, pioneer and civil war.
I have enter the Dragon Con, costume contest as a professional. Twice. Recently i won a local upscaling competition, with a dress that used 90% recycled materials.
every summer for the past 6 years, I have run and shown in the Wisteria Summer solstice festival fashion show. This is a fun event that showcases the creative work of 4 or five designers, It’s a chance to pull out the stops and not set limits on ideas. It’s a lot of fun.
Welcome to my world. Collaboration is my joy. Together we can make something unique and wonderful.