Rachel, age fourteen, has been sewing at Love to Sew for four years.
In addition to fashion design, Rachel is a student of various art
forms and likes to work with graphite, oil pastels, as well as silk
painting. She has participated in the Project Runway camps since the
first summer she began sewing and has won the International Challenge
(2010), and the Rags to Riches Challenge (2007), among others.
What inspires your designs?
own personal style, which I would describe as an understated, fun, and
What do you like best and least
Best is the finished product, as well as creating something of my own,
original, changing things as I go. I find sewing pretty fun and
relaxing, but I guess if there’s a lot of tedious, repetitive work
that feels less creative, I would say I like that aspect least.
How do you incorporate your talent
in other art forms into your designs?
start out with sketching. Drawing is a hobby of mine and I guess that
informs my work. I’ve also used fabric paint in my designs.
One of your favorite novels has just
been turned into a screen play. You have been asked to costume
design for the film. What production is this? Describe one outfit
for the film.
don’t have a specific book, but something like The Chronicles of
Narnia, where there’s fantasy and mythical creatures, but also
includes modern wear. I like the variety. The White Witch’s costume
would be amazing to work on.
What is your least favorite fashion
The boyfriend jeans. Super, super big, baggy pants, they’re not my
favorite on girls or guys. The fit doesn’t work.