We have a new designer on our team, Megan Sabourin, and I am so excited to have her talent on board. Megan studied at Pratt in New York City and she has deep experience in designing look books for the fashion world. But that’s not all.
New Stitch graphic designer
Megan Sabourin in her
gorgeous restyled dress.
It’s been so busy at Stitch, with travel, putting out lots of magazines, and getting ready for Abby to go on leave, that Megan and I had not yet had a chance to sit down and chat.
I came into the office on Tuesday to attend our weekly show and tell and share pictures of my new nephew. Megan was standing next to me and she had on the MOST DARLING dress. The bodice was sleeveless with a draped neckline, and the skirt flared out to a hi-low hemline, very Marilyn-meets-Dior. She had paired the dress with some adorable light aqua wedge espadrilles. Clearly she has a great sense of style.
Later, Megan stopped by my office and we got to know each other a little better. We had both lived in Brooklyn in adjacent neighborhoods, and we had lots to talk about. We started to discuss my studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the fact that most fashion design students can’t sew. As we chatted, my ears perked up. I was hearing the language of the fellow crafter. So I asked, “Do you sew?,” expecting to hear that she did not, but would love to learn.
And she said those magic words: “Yes! I sewed this dress that I’m wearing.”
I nearly fell out of my chair. It was just too much good fortune in one day: a graphic designer on the staff of Stitch who sews and has a great fashion sense and lives just a few miles from our office? It was almost unbelievable. I couldn’t have scripted it better.
Then she hedged, “I didn’t make the dress from scratch. I bought it for 50 cents at a tag sale and redid the hemline, sleeves and neckline.”
Well, as you know, no one likes a good upcycling project better than me! I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. And I started to dream how I could refashion clothes with a good vintage find.
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