My mother sewed up a storm while her children were young. She would make beautiful dresses and coats that would be passed down from daughter to daughter. She gave me the inspiration and then led me to the capable hands of 4-H leaders where I learned the basics. I sewed school clothes, prom dresses, and such until I headed off to college, leaving the sewing machine behind. There was no time for sewing amid studying to be a chemical engineer.
Later, after graduating and establishing my own household, I had time to begin more creative sewing pursuits. I became interested in heirloom sewing, making numerous Christening gowns and baby clothes for nieces and nephews. I found working with Swiss and French laces and the details associated with heirloom sewing to be both refreshing and challenging.
As I began developing my own designs, I used my engineering background to consider both form and function, adding creativity and color to my ideas. My style aesthetic is creative comfort, including a mix of natural and new fibers. I enjoy using my sewing machines, fabrics, and threads in new ways, always with the goal of creating something unique that is a joy to wear.