By Montgomery Harris
|Zoe carrying a bag
she made from a Project RUNWAY camp challenge in the senior
division. She's also wearing her 2nd place wining black T-shirt
which she had one hour to re-design and re-construct.
thirteen, is a four year sewing student at Love to Sew. Sheís been a
member of the Project Runway Summer Camps since she began, last year
participating with the Seniors. She won the T-shirt Dress and Inspired
by Candy challenges and showed a line this past autumn at the Unionville
Community Fair. Her eclectic taste in both music and literature
influences her work.
age did you begin sewing and what aspect of the craft first interested
I think I
was in third grade, so eight, nine years old. I missed my Girl Scout
meeting, so I came to make it up to get my patch. I made a backpack
taking private lessons. I was originally interested in crafts, then I
started making dresses for dolls, which led to fashion. I started at
Love to Sew in fourth grade.
describe your latest project and its influences?
Iím making a
baby doll dress for my 2010 collection. The inspiration is Geek Chic,
what inspires your work?
interested in. I let the seasons guide my work.
your peers react to your fashion sense? How do they react when they
learn youíve made your own clothes?
are excited, like, ďAre you serious?Ē Iím critical: I point out the
crooked stitching but they think itís wonderful. At school I dress up
everyday in sweaters and itís sort of a joke if Iím dressing down.
could be the head costume designer for one television show, what would
Dr Who. They
have cool alien costumes, a lot of intergalactic fashion; time travel
episodes have Victorian and Colonial clothing. Itís a wide variety of
ever started something you couldnít finish?
I have a
vest Iíve worn many times. The inside seem is still unfinished. I keep
saying Iíll finish it later and wear it anyway.
you like best and least about sewing?
finishing things. Even with the flaws you think, ďOh, I made this,Ē and
itís great. I donít like cutting; straight lines are difficult.
have any advice for beginners?
Key. Donít get frustrated. If you have problems see what is wrong and
think how to fix it.
else youíd like to say?
I know this
has been said before, but fashion is a great way to express yourself.
What someone is wearing says a lot about presentation and even her or