Hi all! I am Sarah - I am the creator and sewist behind SarahJean Sews and am so excited to share this process (and outcomes!) with you all.
My favorite thing to do is to take thrifted items (I am a thrifting queen! For real.) and turn them into beautiful creations. I have been thrifting for as long as I can remember, and sewing for about 8 years. I combined the two a couple years ago, and now cannot be stopped :) It's possible the repurposed materials are taking over my place :)
I began with aprons because it was a simple thing to learn how to sew. I quickly realized that I could sass them up and make them my own with a few tweaks. I made sassier versions, shorter skirts, really sexy aprons, unisex, and hopefully more styles in the future!
Though aprons may have traditionally been worn by a housewife, or someone making dinner, I really like the idea of "taking back" the image of the apron. They can be worn by anyone, for any reason; and I like to think they can play a part in empowering people.
I usually use repurposed materials that I find in my favorite local thrift shops - I love that these fabrics have a history & a story, and I get to contribute to new stories and memories. I have recently made a lot of aprons with additional meaning. I have made aprons from customers' grandma's tablecloths and great-aunt's napkins. The only thing better than using repurposed materials is using repurposed materials that hold meaning. :) These projects are extra special to me! Visit my Custom Orders page for more details!
I have also really enjoyed creating strong partnerships with various organizations and businesses in the Lansing area (e.g., Firecracker Foundation, Women's Center of Greater Lansing). SarahJean Sews is certainly more than just sewing. Check out my Home page for more details on upcoming events and partnerships.
When I'm not sewing, I work full-time as a community social worker in Lansing, Michigan. I also love to dance in my free time (salsa and hustle are my favs!), as well as spend time with nieces and nephews (squad pictured above). I live downtown Lansing, Michigan - and love this town.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for visiting!