I was born in Hastings, Michigan. My Grandma was a factory worker by day and a seamstress by night. She made all of my formal dresses, pins pinched tightly in her mouth. Sadly, she passed before I could be bothered to sit down and learn a thing or two from her. But I like to think that when I sit down at my sewing machine she's there along side me.
Fourteen years ago I found this sweet dress in a thrift store that seemed to be made for my exact body. A feat for certain, as I had spent much of my life tearfully searching for clothes that fit my, obvously very odd, body. And here was a dress that was made for me, only it wasn't. It was made for some other lovely lady who was walking around with body just like mine!
This dress sparked an interest that became an inferno. To sew my own clothes and step away from the mainstream. A natural student, I dove deeply into the mechanics of making clothes, the how's and why's of how fabric is made and the nuances of both fitting clothes to your body and pattern drafting.
I had no idea this journey would spark even more, not only clothing that I loved and so much more love for the perfect body I have, but connection with folks from around the country as we take the necessity of cothing ourselves into our own loving hands.
I now live in Petoskey, Michigan where I am raising a 5-year-old, self-proclaimed inventor and renovating a wee home with reclaimed materials.