By Emma Engel
What inspired you to start your clothing line?
When I was eight I was getting bullied. I was so sad that I didn’t want to go to school or even leave my house. One day I was talking to my parents in the car and I said, “I wish everyone would just be kind.” My parents told me I should do something with that phrase. So, I decided to make shirts and that was the first shirt I designed. “Be kind “
How has your line developed since it first launched?
I’ve sold it in stores and I have had so many new costumers. I even traveled to Dominican Republic as a young designer by invitation, designer expenses paid.
Do you have any big thing coming up in the future?
Yes, I have Inspiring Teens Fashion Week coming up in September where I’ll get to show and sell my shirts. It’s my third fashion show! I am also in pre-planning for a Wounded Warriors project. Once my Autism Awareness donation gets delivered, WWP is next.
Beside your clothing line do you have any other hobbies?
I also like acting, dancing, & modeling. I’m also a varsity cheer flyer, and I surf.
What is your favorite part about having your clothing line?
Helping kids, seeing how happy they get when they open their packages, and the support I get from friends and family are among my favorites. I also love planning outreach events that go with my messages.
Were there any challenges while making your clothing line? If so did you overcome them?
I have had a few challenges like spreading the word and getting people more interested. I think that I have overcome some of the challenges because so many people are loving this message. I am growing and learning more, and I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!
Emma first put an outfit on the runway in our fall 2016 Fashion Show. In our Fall 2017 Fashion Show, Emma had SIX outfits! We can’t wait to see what she has in store for our 2018 Fashion Show!! No pressure or anything, Emma!
By Simme Salguero
I love sewing and I love fashion! I have always loved fashion starting from age 7. I started loving fashion and sewing when I began watching the show Project Runway. As I watched the show I would say, “I want to be on that T.V. show one day!” I’ve been obsessed with the show ever since!
How I got started with sewing is that my mom signed me up for sewing classes with her friend Leia, who was running small group sewing classes for kids at her house. Throughout my years with Leia we made bags, skirts, headbands, shorts, tunic tops, eye masks, pillowcases, and a ton more things for myself and to give away as gifts. It was always so much fun and a time where I could focus on what I love to do. I usually get my fabrics and supplies at Joann Fabric Craft Store. My favorite fabrics to get are polka dots, chevron, and plane colored fabrics. I usually get some extra things too like zippers, cool colors of thread, beading, and buttons. Also, I always love looking at more expensive fabrics, pretending to be a fashion designer looking for that “perfect” fabric although I haven’t bought that kind of expensive fabric yet.
My top 3 favorite things I’ve sewn have been a summer dress, a fox clutch and a chap- stick holder. I chose the summer dress as a favorite piece because it has the right amount of cuteness and edge. It also has cute little bow ties you tie on your shoulders which I love! The fox clutch is a simple clutch purse with a little fox felt appliqué on it witch makes it super adorable. Lastly, the chap- stick holder is in my top 3 because it is so handy. You can take it anywhere you go because it’s a key-chain style and you can clip on almost anything. You can take it on your purse, backpack, or suitcase, etc.
Have you ever sewn things like this before? Sewing is so much fun and a creative way to express yourself! If you love fashion and love to work with your hands, you should start sewing today!
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