“I didn’t know quite yet that I wanted to design and sew my own gowns”
I’ve always loved clothing and fashion. When I was young and would play with dolls, my favorite part was dressing them or designing their outfits. And the absolute best day of the year in dance class was the day we got our dance costumes.
I remember in middle school during class I would doodle fashion sketches. Specifically bridal and evening wear. When I got introduced to the TV show, Say Yes to the Dress, it was like love at first sight. I knew I wanted to work in the wedding industry with beautiful gowns! I didn’t know quite yet that I wanted to design and sew my own gowns, but I knew I loved the bridal industry.
In high school I didn’t make the dance team and that meant I had to take a sewing class as it was my other available elective. I was not very excited about this because I wasn’t very fond of sewing. However, I ultimately decided to stay in the class because I had a couple friends with me. As the year went on I realized I enjoyed sewing more once I was able to create clothing that I would imagine in my mind. I continued to to take sewing classes the rest of my high school experience. I was even able to design a couple of my own dresses for school dances.
I wanted to study fashion design in college, but I got discouraged when multiple people told me that I couldn’t make a living by designing and sewing. So, I decided to go to go to college to study elementary education. I got most of my generals done in my first semester. Towards the end of the semester I realized it didn’t matter how much money I made… I wanted to design. It was what I loved. It was my dream. I immediately looked into fashion design majors in Utah, and I decided to go to SLCC to study fashion design. It was one of the best decisions I have made. I loved every single class I took—even the challenging ones! Three years later, I graduated with an Associates degree in fashion design. After I graduated I began an internship with a bridal designer who also did alterations on the side. Throughout the internship I was able to realize that I wanted to continue in the direction of designing bridal dresses.
“Towards the end of the semester I realized it didn’t matter how much money I made…I wanted to design. It was what I loved. It was my dream.”
After I finished my internship, I started doing bridal dress alterations. I continued doing alterations and designing my own dresses on the side until I decided to open up my own bridal business in early 2018. It has been such an exciting ride! I now have four of my original designs that I am selling to brides. My goals for the upcoming year will be to get my dresses into bridal shops and to design another line of dresses for release in 2019.
Sometimes people might tell you that you can’t do something, but it always feels good to prove them wrong and to follow your dreams anyway! 💖