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|Melissa showing a
cute summer sun dress she made during fashion design sewing camp.
Melissa modeling this dress was also featured on Love to Sew's
2010 Fashion Show Poster!
By Jessica Lynn
Melissa an upcoming designer who studies at Love to Sew Studio. She is
thirteen years old and in eighth grade. Currently, she enjoys modern
dance and acting. This year she played the lead role of Jasmine in her
schoolís version of the play Aladdin.
Melissa showed a four piece collection, a looked inspired the film Grease (poodle
skirt and all!), and a Lady Gaga costume last year at the annual
fashion show. In the future, she hopes to either become a successful
fashion designer or actress.
When did you start
sewing and why?
I was around nine
years old and one of my good friendís mom sewed, and I wanted to, too.
I first made projects at Joanneís and AC Moore. I made a pillow case
and pajama pants.
Who are your
favorite designers and why?
I like Lily Pulitzer
because her patterns are all so bright. Sheís a fabric and fashion
designer. Sometimes her style influences my work, especially in the
Which fashion icon
is the most influential to your work?
I like Selena Gomez.
I like how she puts different pieces together. I would describe her
style as fun, funky, and bright. She influences both what I make and
what I wear.
What is the theme
of your collection for the Fashion Show this coming October? Are you
entering in any of the competitions?
I keep on changing my
mind, but my latest idea is each look to be inspired by a different
Vera Bradley accessory. For the competitions, Iím entering a Glinda
costume from the play Wicked for
the Inspired by a Musical category. Itís white silk with lace down the
bodice and across gathered, puffy sleeves. It has a back zipper
What are some of
your more difficult projects?
The Lady Gaga jacket
I made for last yearís fashion show. It was the first piece that I
used silky fabric for, which was difficult to work with. I really
liked how it turned out, and it is probably the project I am most
proud of. As far as technique, Iíve sewn princess seams, which is
If you could
costume anything, what would it be?
because I love Arabian costumes, with shiny fabric, puffy pants and
sleeves, sequins and ribbons...very ornate.
creative art do enjoy besides sewing?
My mom has a jewelry
company, so I like to make jewelry, too. Iíve made necklaces,
earrings, and bracelets. I use glass beads, stones, and crystals. When
my mom has jewelry shows and I sell some of my work there. Itís a lot
of fun to do.
Who did you want
to win this last season of Project
I was hoping Mondo
would win. I liked how his looks were bright and unique. It was like
nothing Iíve seen before. My favorite piece of his was one he designed
with Jacqueline Kennedy as his muse.
Words of advice
To people who are
sewing, never give up and keep on trying.
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Article 27 November 8, 2010
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