Today’s featured shop is La Loma Studios. You can find her shop at http://LaLoma.etsy.com
When did you learn how to sew and who taught you?
I went into sewing reluctantly. My parents bought me a sewing machine for my 13th birthday because they wanted me to sew my own clothes. They even made me go to sewing classes. I was so mad because what Jr. High Schooler wants to make her own clothes? I didn’t really make any clothes for myself until after I graduated from college and had to pay for everything myself. (Then I became my mother and thought that I could make everything cheaper than what was on the store racks). The funny thing is that I still have that machine nearly 30 years later. And I still use it (along with an industrial machine I bought a couple of years ago and a serger that’s probably 20 years old).
What was the first thing you remember making?
I think I made an apron in a home economics class. Again, not because I wanted to, but because I had to.
Your profile page is blank, tell us a little about yourself?
I am a native Southern Californian (one of the few). I did go up to Oregon for college (which may explain why more than a few of the shops who have “heart”ed me are from that state).
Do you have a “day job”? If so, what is it?
If not, what other jobs have you had? I have several “day jobs.” I take care of my family and extended family members as well as manage family property. I am also involved in my son’s school and volunteer for a couple of local organizations.Before my son, I was a journalist then a publicist (working in fashion and entertainment). What I am doing now is more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?
I love fabrics! I live only about 15 minutes away from LA’s garment district, which includes a lot of fabrics shops. It’s hard to go down there and not buy fabric just because I like it. I keep telling myself, “just buy what you need.” I also have a hard time throwing away scraps of fabric — who knows, I may need it in the future (do you sense a bit of a disorder here?).The other thing to know about me is that I change my shop announcement everyday. I include my thoughts on what I read in the newspaper or what crazy thing my son did. I don’t really know if people read my musings. I ask them to convo me with their thoughts, haven’t had a response yet.