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Article 02 - March 15, 2010

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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.

Zoe, age 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.  

At what age did you begin sewing and what aspect of the craft first interested you?

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.


Could you describe your latest project and its influences?

Iím making a baby doll dress for my 2010 collection. The inspiration is Geek Chic, preppy, back-to-school.


Who and what inspires your work?

Whatever Iím interested in. I let the seasons guide my work.


How do your peers react to your fashion sense? How do they react when they learn youíve made your own clothes?

My friends 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.


If you could be the head costume designer for one television show, what would it be?

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 looks.


Have you 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.


What do you like best and least about sewing?

I like finishing things. Even with the flaws you think, ďOh, I made this,Ē and itís great. I donít like cutting; straight lines are difficult.


Do you have any advice for beginners?

Patience is Key. Donít get frustrated. If you have problems see what is wrong and think how to fix it.


Anything 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 his opinions.



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