snick: 1) to perform a light cutting action
2) a small cut : NICK
Everyone usually asks "How did you learn how to sew? Did you learn sewing in Home-Ec or your Grandmother? To there surprise, I always say the same thing... "No, I hated Home-Ec, I liked Shop class more!" But, thinking back, it did prepare me for the path that was chosen for me.
I started as a simple shop girl at Fringe & Tassel Costumes(1996) in Lincoln, NE. I began learning how to sew from Phyllis Spahn and Dorothy Eikmeyer. These two patient women took me under their wings and taught me everything they knew. Seven fun years went by, not to mention numerous costume parties and hiliraous appearances by funny characters! I had decided to take a position as a professional seamstress at Von Maur 2001.
There I got my first taste of tailoring. I enjoyed fitting the men in the suit department, they were less picky and easier to fit than women. I stayed 2 years learning what I could.
Men's Wearhouse(2002) was hiring for tailors, so I applied and got the job the next day. But this was a whole different ballpark of sewing, just fitting men and just tailoring suits. This just wasn't a job, but a rewarding career as a tailor. My tailoring teacher was Arealize Campos. She spent long days and nights teaching me all about men's clothing. I owe her a lot for taking on such a spunky and outspoken student! She was a blessing to my life as a friend and a mentor.
After 2 years apprenticing with her, I moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 2004 to become head tailor. There was only two of us, and the other tailor couldn't speak English. But, we communicated through food and watching Jeopardy together. So, I think I got the job because no one else wanted to move to Sioux Falls. Their winters are pretty burial. It was a great promotion with a good company! I stayed there for 1 year, until moving on.
They decided to transfered me to Springfield, MO to help out their tailor shop. I lived there a little over a year and decided I didn't want to settle down so far away from home.
Then, I finally rested my roots in Kansas City. All together, 5 years in 4 states with the Men's Wearhouse, I began to feel like a gypsy tailor.
I decided to be a tailor at Nordstroms, I was the youngest tailor there. Most of my fellow tailors had been sewing as long as I've been alive! I enjoyed working there for 2 years before the Lord blessed us with our son Cole. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom and start my own sewing business after that.
In September 2012, I went back to work part-time for Rick's Suit's and Tailoring in Overland Park. I couldn't have landed a better job, weekends off with my family, superb clothing to work on and Jeff Covitz couldn't be a nicer boss.
I have been sewing for 20 years and have a lot of people to thank along the way!! I always tell my mom "Until naked is the new fashion, I think I will always have a job!"
Let's hope, right!