I began sewing at school in Trinidad and Tobago.

The first garment that I ever made was a little girl’s dress, my home economics class assignment. When I finished the dress, I was impressed with my work, and I knew that it was going to be a lifelong hobby, but I didn’t know that it would become my passion… my job.

I studied sewing for five years after high school and made it my profession.

Back then I would alter my clothes, but eventually I ended up making my own clothes including my graduation dress, and later, after attending technical school for sewing for five years, the bridesmaids’ dresses for my wedding. I didn’t make my own wedding dress. We ordered it from America, and it was gorgeous, but it was too big, and I didn’t have time to work on it. Although my wedding day was a joyous occasion filled with love and family, the planning was stressful.

I didn't make my own wedding dress...

I made my dress work, and my bridesmaids looked and felt amazing in the dresses that I had created for them. When I create dresses for brides, I have my own wedding day in mind, and I want to make sure that one thing they are not worried about is how their wedding dress will fit.

...I did, however, make all of the dresses for my bridal party.

I keep these three things in my mind as I work on dresses for a wedding party:

1. The Right Fit – Everybody wants to feel beautiful on their wedding day, bride, mother of the bride, even the flower girls.My clients don’t want to spend time pulling on their dresses, and want to dance at the reception. We discuss comfortable fabrics, weather considerations, the type of reception, and just about everything that could be impacted by the style and fit of the dresses.

2. Perfection – Not every wedding day will be perfect. Things happen with catering, deejays, table assignments – but I make every effort to make sure that the dresses that I make are perfection. For local brides, I offer on-site service at the venue for minor alterations on the day of the wedding, just in case there is a change in the undergarment, or a change in weight in the final days leading up to the big event.

3. Happiness – A wedding is one of the happiest occasions there is and I want all of my clients to be pleased with my work on their special day. When I complete a project and I know it looks amazing, I am happy, but when a bride tells me she “feels like a princess” or that a dress “made her feel confident,” I know that my client is happy, and that is what really matters most – to them, and to me.

Close up of a wedding dress that I am currently working on.

I started sewing as a hobby. It was something that relaxed me, and gave me an outlet to express myself. Thirty years after I first felt rush of gripping the needle between my fingers, and watching the thread slip through the fibers of the fabric, I am still excited when a bride approaches me with her ideas for her dress. I want my brides to know that I am invested in their success, and will do everything I can to make sure they look as good as they feel.

 

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