Thursday, April 2, 2009

Izzy and Ivy

Once upon a time,
about 20 years ago in LBF (life before family),
I was a Theater - Costume Design Major in college.
I wanted to grow up to be a cutter/draper (the person who makes all of the patterns).
I spent a few summers working here, at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, as a stitcher/dresser.

Sitting in front of one of these for 13 hours a day.

Making beautiful costumes that look like this, out of the most amazing fabrics.
Surrounded by the most amazingly talented people in the field.

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I left the Theater world when I got married. I knew that I wanted to have a family, and I knew that I wanted to be a full time Mom. I couldn't see being able to blend my love for both.

Designing, patterning, sewing had been a huge part of my life. They still are. Since "settling down" I haven't had to give up the things I love doing..... I have just done them in different ways.

I make the most awesome costumes for my kids school plays. I sew them clothes. I craft!

Now, I am going to be able to put those skills to a more professional use. My Shasta and I are working hard on our new business, a line of girls clothing patterns called...


I am excited............. and scared!

Hopefully soon I will be showing some of the fruits of our labors!


Tracy said...

ooh exciting! Will they be down loadable? I love down loadable patterns saves me the postage :)

Lindsey said...

Congrats on this huge adventure! What courage. I really hope it goes great!

Rachel said...

WOW! Good luck with your venture! I love the name, mainly because my daughter's name is Ivy. I had a professor at UNLV that designed costumes for U Shake, that was one of my dreams while living out west.

momof2gr8kidz! said...

this sounds wonderful.. exciting and just FUN. you go girl! you go!

It's A Wonderful said...

Wow! Good for you! I'm soooo excited for you...can't wait to see some "tease-peeks" at your creativity.

Tonya said...

I am so excited for you, I can't wait to see the patterns!

Kathi D said...

That is very exciting! I wish you all the best in your new endeavor. You are a wonderful teacher and designer, and if there is any justice in the world you will be a huuuuuuuge success.

Stacey said...

For real? That is such a wonderful idea! I can't wait to see what you make. Very cool.

Need any girl models? :)

i am very mary said...

oooooh! how thrilling!

Pretty Things said...

How awesome for you!

I know how to sew in theory but hate to do it and just donated my sewing machine. Easier for me to pay another designer to make things for me!

Scrappinfor3 said...

LOVE the name. I see big things for you with this venture. Best wishes:)

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited! Professional costume designer goes little girls designer.. I can only imagine how awesome they'll be. Good for you!

Pinktulip said...

Wow! What an amazing past you have! I would love to see some of the costumes you make for your kids. You are such an amazing woman and so right - as long as you can do what you love, it does not matter how you do it. And you can do BOTH - be a mother and sew.