My passion for sewing and design was born from a young age. My mother was my first sewing teacher, and my first collections were gowns for my dolls made from my mother's fabric scraps. I grew up sewing everything from quilts, to costumes, to my own clothing. I went on to University to study fashion design and garment construction for four years, and then dove head first into the bridal industry.
Out of school I started work in an alterations room at a local bridal shop, absorbing even more knowledge of gown design and proper fit techniques. Combining two years of alterations experience with my pattern work and design schooling, I opened my own small business providing alterations and custom gowns in 2016.
I specialize in redesigning vintage/heirloom gowns. I pride myself on retaining the soul and original beauty of the gown while updating it to a modern aesthetic. I do this on my own as well as for clients!
What does Stellula mean?
Stellula comes from the scientific name for a particular hummingbird (Stellula Calliope). Hummingbirds were my mother's favorite animal and she fed them from our porch growing up. They would even land on her. It is a fond memory of her as she is no longer with me. She taught me how to sew, and her memory is what drove me to continue sewing and honing my art.
Where is your work shown?
I have shown my design work in local photo shoots, magazines, and several fashion events. So far being:
- A 4 piece formal collection in a fashion runway show in Chicago in March of 2013
- Art of Fashion Show at the Boise Art Museum
- Genes 2017 (Top 5)
- Materials 2018 (3rd Runner Up)
- Indulge 2019 (Winner Best in Show)
- RAW Fixate Showcase: Boise 2017
- Cruisin Calander 2019
- Rocky Mountain Bridal Blog March 2019
- Gothesque Magazine Issue #91 Vol. 2 - Daywalker 2021
Keep up with upcoming shows and events I'll be included in via my facebook page!