13 Jun Fabulous Women of Sewing: RAE ’16 Winner – Kim Charlery
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Announcing the 2016 Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Sewing Competition Winner:
A huge thank you to our sponsors Fashionary and Boo in Stitches, go check them out today! We also have to give a huge thanks to Nikki Billie Jean of All things Ankara! Congratulations Kim! You did absolutely amazing.
I am a young aspiring designer from the Caribbean. I have a passion for creating fashion and living on a small island and taught me to work with what I have. A hard lesson but a very valuable one because it trained my mind to think differently about the process. I’ve been sewing for just a few years now I started learning about 6 years ago. I only started looking seriously into it over the last year or so. I really enjoy playing with textiles and color and can’t wait to see what I come up with next.
Were you surprised when you won?
I was actually. I knew I stood a good chance but I’ve come second enough times to know better lol.
Do you listen to music when you sew? If so, what is on your playlist?
I listen to music when I do everything. It’s my first love. I listen to anything I can sing along to. From gospel to soca I never get bored of Pink, so I go there a lot.
Have you had formal training?
No formal training but I try to get into online classes as much as I can.
What inspires you?
I’m mostly inspired but colors, textures and techniques. But they can come from anywhere.
What drew you to join Pretty Girls Sew?
I liked the name. Lol. I didn’t even realize what it was at the time I just really liked the idea of it and wanted to be a part it. Something about #prettygirlssew is so me.
What is your favorite garment/item made thus far?
That red carpet dress. I really do think I found a love for gowns. Or something like that.
Do you sketch designs?
No I don’t most times. I don’t draw quickly enough so I lose patience to sketch an idea so I usually just write the details down. I find it more productive.
What’s your passion?
My passion is art. A mixture of music and fashion. Art in any form, to me, is an expression of self. So I love the freedom of it.
Can you describe the moment when you realized your talent?
Not really. It was more of a journey than a moment. I’ve always had several things that I was good at so I was always up to something. I was going to be lawyer believe it or not. Then a singer (ha) now here I am.
What was your favorite challenge during the competition?
The unconventional challenge was my favorite. It just really made me thing and it was the most challenging for me and I like that.
What was the hardest part of the competition?
The hardest part was the lace challenge when I was so exhausted I almost didn’t submit anything.
Any advice for future participants?
Push yourself and have fun. This was more than anything a learning process for me I learn so much about so many things I would have never ventured into aside from this.
And without further ado, enjoy the talent of Kim C. below!