I’m thrilled to announce that Dorcas, of Lonestar Couture fame is the new Brand Ambassador for Sew Much Fabric. Dorcas has been a long time client and supporter with fab-u-lous style. Be on the lookout each month for gorgeous makes by Dorcas with fabrics from Sew Much Fabric. Thank you Dorcas and continue reading to meet the Brand Ambassador!!
|Read about this stunning jacket!|
Where are you from?
Although born in Fort Worth, I have lived in Houston since the 1st grade so I have certainly watched it grow into the world class city that it is today.
Who taught you to sew?
My mom taught me to sew. She was a beautiful couture seamstress although, sadly, I didn’t appreciate those techniques during her lifetime nor learn any of them from her. I have 3 sisters and growing up she sewed some of our school and play clothes and most of our special occasion outfits. Many a night I can remember waking up and hearing her Singer just humming away. Even in my adult years I could take any sewing debacle to my mom and she could sort it out and get things back on track for me. Patience, patience, patience which I was always short on.
How long have you been sewing?
Honestly, it’s hard to remember not knowing how to sew but I’m going to guess from age 11 or 12 I really started taking a strong interest in it. I’ve always thought it interesting that all of my sisters learned to sew and I’m the only one who has had a continued passion for it.
What kind of sewing machine do you have and how many?
In my “studio” I have a Bernina 560, Bernina 930 Record, and Bernina Serger. My eldest sister presently has my old Bernina 830. And this is embarrassing to admit, but I’m crushing on the new B590. I need it like a hole in the head but if I found a buyer for my 560 system I’d be really tempted to take the plunge!
What do you do when you’re not sewing?
I’m in real estate and I am the broker/owner of Ross & Company, Realtors here in Houston. I’m coming up on 20 years in the business and just when I think I’ve seen it all, here comes another crazy situation that you can’t make up. No two deals are ever the same and I enjoy helping people navigate through the business of buying or selling a home. I’m good at what I do and am truly blessed that virtually all of my business is repeat and referral. I even get a bit of business from my sewing social media prompting me to make the hashtag #realestatemeetscouture.
What would you call your style?
I would define my style as “Edgy Classic”. I like putting a new twist or updated look to the classic lines of basic pieces that stand the test of time. I’m not a trend follower and believe that fashion can still be remarkably relevant by thinking a little bit out of the box using color and design detail while still maintaining the classic lines and silhouette.
What is your favorite Sew Much Fabric outfit you made?
Gosh, there are so many but I think the winner would have to be the French jacket and dress (see the 1st picture) I made back in 2014 . There are many reasons for this choice but first and foremost, I was smitten with the fabric the moment I saw it because, well, it’s orange! I thought it might also be perfect for this new project I wanted to try called a French Jacket. With little more than what written material we could find and an online Craftsy class, my friend Julie Starr and I embarked on an odyssey that has now become an annual tradition making our January Jackets. Roz’s boucle had just the right texture and loft allowing the quilting lines to nestle right into it thus becoming invisible. It also frayed beautifully creating the perfect fringe for my trim. It’s one of my favorite makes and I don’t see it retiring from my wardrobe any time soon!
How do you feel about being the new Brand Ambassador?
I was very excited and flattered when Roz asked me to consider being the Sew Much Fabric Brand Ambassador. I have always loved and admired her personal style, especially knowing that her gorgeous wardrobe is made from her very own fabrics. I think that her shop offers some of the most beautiful, quality fabrics available online. That she admires my style and sewing ability enough to ask me to represent her brand made me very happy. And proud!
Any final thoughts?
Roz and I hope to present some really exciting things together and are excited about the collaboration. We hope you’ll enjoy the ride with us!
This is wonderful news. You're getting me inspired to find the time to sew more again. Just started a new French jacket. BTW, you look fabulous!!!
Congratulations!!!! There couldn't be a better person to represent and showcase the wonderful fabrics and values of Sew Much Fabric!!!
Thank you Cheryl and Andrea! And of course Roz! I really am excited about this journey and hope that I might provide some inspiration to others in our fabulous sewing community. Cheryl, you should join us for a January Jacket. It's not a sew along, we're just posting our progress on Instagram. Thanks again!