My Story

I started sewing when I was about seven. My grandmother lived with us and was an accomplished seamstress and quilter. She would often make clothes for my dolls from remnants one of her latest projects. Since I was too young (and short) to master her treadle sewing machine, she taught me various hand-sewing techniques. It was my job to sew on the snap, buttons, hem, or whatever needed to be done with needle and thread.

Our local 4-H required you to be nine before enrolling in any of their various programs. As soon as I was old enough, my parents wasted no time in getting me involved in the next 4-H season. My first entry was a jumper and only earned me a red ribbon (2nd place). Even though I was discouraged, they encouraged me to continue. I was determined to master this craft, and did — all of my future entries won blue ribbons and some were even given honorable mentions. I had truly fallen in love with the art of sewing.

Looking back, my father was a very clever man. When I started babysitting in our neighborhood, he made a deal with me.  If I bought my clothes, I would have to pay for them out of my babysitting money. However, if I made them, he would buy the fabric and everything needed to make the garment. Well, I was no dummy… Dad’s money certainly spent better than mine. On occasion, he even went to the fabric store with me and picked out various pieces that caught his eye. It was a wonderful experience and the memories will be with me forever.

As my desire to learn all that I possibly can about my profession, I have had the pleasure of taking lessons from some very talented professionals across the U.S. They have worked with me, shared ideas and techniques, and nurtured me along the way to become the best I and be. I am a Certified Alterations and Re-design Specialist (including bridal and formal wear ), as well as Certificates of Completion in Chanel & Tailoring techniques. I have a diploma in Sewing & Dressmaking and am a Certified Pants Fitter with Joyce Murphy.

I am a member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly PACC) and the American Sewing Guild (ASG). The members of both of these organizations have a vast variety of talent, knowledge, and willingness to share. My abilities have greatly benefited from both organizations.

My custom business consists of dressmaking, evening wear, career wear and more. I also teach, do alterations, and re-design existing garments.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband at our wonderful home outside of Nashville. We have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren. My hobbies, in addition to sewing for myself and our granddaughters, include running, baking, reading and flower gardening. We also enjoy entertaining friends and family, especially in the summer when we can get outside. John (my husband) loves to grill and cook, while I prefer to bake and make candy — between the two of us, we have the bases covered.

Enjoying the 4th of July in our pool with the grandkids and their dad.

Enjoying the 4th of July in our pool with the grandkids and their dad.