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By Jessica Lynn Harris

Alexandra showing her quick and easy skirt she made during one of our project challenge contests. Students had to design and simple chic skirt and show how to make it on a video.

Alexandra, age sixteen, has been sewing with Love to Sew since age ten. At an early age she knew she liked designing clothes. Her lined, red silk-linen A-line coat won best of show at Love to Sewís Fashion Show in 2009. She participated in several charity events including a quilting marathon and pillow-making for children with cancer. Alexandra has garnered many first place prizes throughout her years at Project Runway Camps, including: the Africa Challenge (2009), the Future Challenge (2009), as well as the Barbie Challenge (2006). 

What project are you most proud of? Was this the most difficult garment that youíve made?
I really like my red coat. It took a long time to make and was fully lined with pockets. Iím also proud of a strapless black Victorian gown that I made about two years ago at the historical costume design camp. 

Youíve been sewing for many years now. What advice do you have for beginners?
Just keep trying, even if your stitches arenít that great at first. Your projects will become neater and more advance eventually. 

If you could design for any major label or store, what would that be?
I would love to create looks for stores like Charlotte Rouse or H&M. Theyíre my favorite places to shop. Theyíre kind of vintage, slightly-formal. I also like that you can purchase two completely different looks. I care more for dresses, skirts, and embellishments than trousers. 

What do you like best and least about sewing?
I like figuring out how to put everything together. I love when a garment fits perfectly, because that type of tailoring just canít be bought in store. Iím not really found of pining or cutting, the prep-work, basically. 

Ideally, what play would you like to costume?
My Fair Lady. I love that play. Iíd make any of the costumes from the black and white party. 

What is your least favorite fashion faux pas?
Leggings as pants. Just donít do it. Theyíre not pants. If you really want tight pants, go for skinny jeans. 


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