When I was a little girl I dreamed of making clothes for superstars.
I can remember the day my uncle Hubert stood over me as he observed me stitching something by hand and he declared
“you are going to be a seamstress.” At that time I had no clue of what a seamstress was,
but I did know that I wanted to sew. My uncle on that day set in motion a force in my life that has brought
me to where I am today. I believe in the power of words; they will not come back void. I
had no mentor or financier to see to it that I went on to a school of fashion or such. I was, however,
able to convince my parents to purchase a sewing machine for me, after begging for one, year after year at Christmas. You
see we had a family of eight children so it wasn’t easy to get such a highend gift like a sewing machine during that
time. Finally, when I was in about the seventh or eighth grade, I got it, a “Genie” by Singer.
Oh what a day! My first customer was a classmate of mine named Doris Dorsey. I
made her a two piecesuit and the rest is history. My parents gave me the tools I needed to pursue my dreams.
Just before Christmas 2007, I was contacted by
a couple who has a niece by the name of Helen.
Helen at the age of five has a desire to
be a fashion designer. She drew pictures of her designs and apparently gave them to her Uncle Jim. He, like my uncle, sees the potential in her at that tender age. He
got involved, endeavoring to show her that if she can conceive a design it can be achieved. He employed me to make her designs for her for Christmas. I accepted the challenge.
I made the outfits with accessories, hats
and bows, etc. I ordered labels with her name on them to put in the garments. The
smile on her face on Christmas Day was priceless. Her uncle told me he could hear her in the background on the phone saying
“I’m a REAL clothes designer!” It is most rewarding for me as a seamstress to be a part of making dreams
come true. So I encourage you to get involved in a child’s life. You’ll not be disappointed!