My design philosophy is all about practicality. I believe in using the very best materials and construction in every garment. Life is best spent in clothes that fit well and function well. To that end, I believe every garment should have pockets - from athletic wear to ball gowns. Nothing is more chic than a ball gown with a pocket.
I was interested in garment construction from a young age. I learned to knit when I was 11 and feigned illness more than once so I could stay home to knit! When I was 12, I took a couple of sewing lessons and was hooked - such instant gratification after learning to knit.
I dreamed of becoming a costume designer for the opera but instead attended the University of California, Davis, graduating with a degree in Political Science and Economics. I went on to work on the speechwriting staff of the Governor of California and later became a NASDAQ trader.
Then, in 1998 when my first son was born, I decided to make his christening gown. I had my mother's old Viking sewing machine which was broken so bought a new one and quickly taught myself to make window treatments to pay for it. I left my job and so began my real journey in sewing.
In 2002, my daughter was born. She inspired me to join the Smocking Arts Guild of America through which I attended conventions and took numerous classes, honing my skills in smocking, hand work and clothing construction. All these skills came together in the stunning First Communion Dress I made for her in 2010.
That Fall, I entered the School of Fashion Design, Boston. I was finally where I belonged. I loved every minute of pattern making, construction and draping. I survived the sketching classes thanks to an incredibly kind and capable instructor. Finally I had all the skills I needed to make anything I could think of to make.
I spent a year working for a Brooks Brothers owned factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Then I refocused on launching my three children into the world. With that job nearly finished, I am revisiting my interest in fashion and hoping to finally embark on a career in the apparel industry.