Seamstress as artist—one woman makes up to $5k per month

Music and writing may occupy space here more than most genres, but other art forms deserve attention too. Those who can sew expertly are true artists. I happened across mention of a woman who began her business as a hobby. She sewed tablecloths for her friends and went on to establish a business she said can make her up to $5,000 during the busy holiday season. 

I’ve long admired women who can sew. My own mother made many of my clothes when I was young, and she may have enjoyed a career in design had she had the resources to pursue her passion. Mom would see a dress and then take out newspapers and make herself a pattern. She did this when Jackie Kennedy made the shift a popular dress. Mom would take liberties with the general design, adding her own touches.

I still have a dress Mom made me for a fifth grade play I was in. It’s a pioneer dress. I forgot to tell her I needed a costume. I told her as she was going out the door to go to work in a shirt factory. She worked her full shift, came home, made supper, and sewed my costume. I got an earful for forgetting to tell her ahead of time. That dress was worn by me in that long ago play and by both my daughters in their school plays. It still looks superb. Such is the quality of a handmade garment.

Jill Phillips South Carolina seamstress
Jill Phillips, who hails from South Carolina, is an excellent craftswoman with needle and thread. (Photo Jill Phillips)

My sister-in-law Jill Phillips is also an expert seamstress. She’s made all sorts of beautiful things for us, and my favorite is an apron she made for me. It’s perfect for my personality and it has two handy pockets. Jill has the same artistic ability as my mom. Jill’s mom, my mother-in-law, also was gifted at sewing. My granddaughter enjoyed wearing a dress my mother-in-law made for my own daughter when she was a toddler. It’s still in excellent condition decades after it was made.

Jill has made dresses for children and bandannas for pets, among other creations.

apron by Jill Phillips
My sister-in-law Jill Phillips sewed me an apron that has become my favorite. (Photo IAS)

I have quilts and doll clothes my grandmother made, and they’ve held up better than any garments or bed covers I’ve bought as an adult.

Erika Rychik, the entrepreneur who began her business making tablecloths for friends, founded a company named She told Woman’s World magazine (print edition) she “can earn up to $5,000 a month.” She does rely on a local factory now to help her produce her creations.

Sewing is very much an art. I wish I had a better hand at it, but I never did. I do admire those who can wield scissors and thread to create beautiful things the rest of us enjoy. Hat tip to my mom, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, and Erika Rychik for making our world lovelier by virtue of their talents.

(Kay B. Day/Jan. 3, 2019)

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