Hello! I’m Andrea, a Kentuckian who currently lives in Philadelphia, PA. By day, I work as a grant writer for a local non-profit that delivers nutritious meals to individuals with life-threatening illnesses. Though a career in the social services may be my professional calling, in my personal time I am an obsessive and mostly selfish seamster who is usually holed up in my sewing room hunched over some garment I absolutely must. wear. tomorrow. I began taking private sewing lessons at the age of 10, though I don’t remember if it was me who prompted that or if it was something my mom suggested I do. I always enjoyed the technical process of creating, and particularly liked sewing clothing because it reminded me of piecing together a jigsaw puzzle in the 3D. I didn’t own my own sewing machine until late into college, though, so the hobby didn’t “catch” until I had my own apartment where I could unapologetically track threads everywhere and scatter dangerous cutting tools on the floor.
I never used to think or care about where my clothes came from or the process that goes into the mass overseas production of clothing. As a more socially and environmentally conscious person now, I am working toward removing myself as much as I can from the fast fashion industry. I haven’t purchased a new item of clothing “off the rack” in over eight months at this point, and I love that I have more control of the production process and can be truly proud of what I’m wearing on a daily basis. Because hey, I actually know the creator personally and I think she’s pretty darn cool.