07 Apr Fabulous Women of Sewing – RAE Winter ’17 Winner: Brandon S.
Announcing the 2017 Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing Competition: Winter Session Winner:
Congratulations Brandon! You did absolutely amazing.
A special thank you to McCall’s Pattern Company!
I have been around sewing all of my life here in Birmingham, Al. I can’t remember a time where there weren’t several sewing machines present. I started by sitting on the opposite side of the sewing machine removing pins from sewn clothes. I decided to sew because it was taking my mom far too long to make a dress that I wanted, so I made it myself. From that point on, I was always assisting her with making clothes until I completely rebelled and said “I’m not sewing any more”!
Several years later I pulled out my sewing machine to make a friend a tutu for a party and the sewing fever hit me. I fell in love with sewing all over again.
Find Brandon on Instagram: @bsharpetoo
Were you surprised when you won?
YES, I really didn’t expect it at all.
Do you listen to music when you sew? If so, what is on your playlist?
Yes, I listen to all kinds of music from gospel like Richard Smallwood to Rock like Bon Jovi.
Have you had formal training?
I haven’t had formal training, I learned from my mom and she taught me without making it like a classroom assignment.
What inspires you?
Anything and everything the world is so colorful that you can get inspired just by walking outside.
What drew you to join Pretty Girls Sew?
The first RAE competition drew me to PGS, I enjoyed it so much that I said “I’m going to do that one day” and I did.
What is your favorite garment/item made thus far?
My favorite was the McCall 7540 two piece dress, it came out so well.
Do you sketch designs?
Yes, but I always lose them because I sketch on any sheet of paper I can find.
What’s your passion?
I love the arts, I’ve played several instruments, I draw and took art class in college, I love dancing, singing and creating things.
Can you describe the moment when you realized your talent?
I didn’t have a moment, because for the longest time I thought everyone knew how to sew because my mom and aunt sewed, so it wasn’t anything special to me, it was just something I knew how to do.
What was your favorite challenge during the competition?
The spring brocade challenge.
What was the hardest part of the competition?
The hardest part was coming up with that one unique thing that would make my garment stand out among the rest.
Any advice for future participants?
Yes, don’t wait until the last minute to start on your project and have a good time, because it goes by quickly.
And without further ado, enjoy the talent of Brandon S. below!
Brandon we thank you for your time and talent. It has been a pleasure!