was born in Connecticut, but went to college in South Carolina where I earned
a BS in Home Economics. I got a job in a Piece Goods fabric store where
I worked for about 2 years. I got a better job in an Alteration shop where
the owner taught me anything I wanted to learn. She was a great mentor and
I developed the desire to be like her. When I moved to North Carolina I
got a job doing alterations for a new bridal salon opened by a lady who
did floral arranging in her kitchen and thought if she could do that why
not have a full service salon for all the bride's needs. I had only worked
on one bridal gown in my previous job, but the confidence I got from the
way my boss treated me and the techniques she taught me enabled me to become
a skilled bridal seamstress in no time. For the next 3 years we built
a great bridal salon that really did it right for the customer.
After the first year I rented a space upstairs from the bridal salon where I continued to fulfill the needs of the bridal salon and began to take in street customers. During very busy times, like wedding/prom season I've had as many as 4 employees. About 2 years later a friend of mine opened an upscale fabric store and offered me the back room to relocate my shop. I and the 2 employees I had at the time moved the shop and we started sewing for the fabric store along with the street customers. At a time when my 2 remaining employees had to move out of state, I decided to move to Ohio, get married, and set up my business in my home.
One kid and 4 moves later, I was still working out of my Home Sewing Studio in the basement of my home. I do mostly clothing alterations for the Talbots stores in town and private clients who come to my home. I have also made faux fur coats, costume cloaks and capes, and dabbled in historical costuming. I've made custom designed outfits for dancers - including myself. (I needed a new hobby so I started taking belly dancing lessons) I like the many facets to my business because I get bored easily. About the only thing I don't want to do is windows!
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To any one out there facing back surgery please accept a virtual hug from me!
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2011 update - Not much new to report. I've noticed that wedding gown styles are starting to return to the grand ballroom type gowns I learned on. The past few years have slimmed down gown styles with the popularity of destination weddings and the economy being slumpy. Folks still want to get married but they are more conscious about budgeting the wedding spending. Brides still want a gown but they are willing to scale down their look to fit the needs of the budget.
2012 update - I have decided to retire and will not be accepting any new clients. I will keep this site up as long as I can as a resourse to the folks who come here looking for advice about bridal alterations. Thank you to the many brides who trusted me to help them look beautiful for their special day!
Thanks for visiting my site,
Leanna Bavara Farashee
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