My name is Leila. I’m originally from Colombia (South America) and I’ve been in the United States since 1992. I’m still not over the culture shock.
I’m a self-taught dresssmaker, though my mom did get me started. Interestingly, I come from a line of dressmakers and tailors, none of which I met, but they did teach my dad to sew when he was in his 20s. In my 20s, I was doing theater and post-modern dance. I worked professionally in local theaters in San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Chicago. It wasn’t until I had my first child that my interest in sewing began to grow. Soon, it became all I was interested in. I learned a lot from youtube videos, books, and some incredibly talented online sewing friends.
Date-wise, I started sewing in 2007. I started making and altering bridal and evening gowns in 2014 and began freelancing full time in 2016. I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I believe we should all have three garments, or dresses, as it were, in our closet, that fit, flatter, and make us feel amazing. Last minute soirees should be a breeze with these three garments in your life. We aren’t the clothes we wear but they are the first impression we make. Make one as stunning as you are!