Seamstress / Owner, Karen Erickson:
I grew up with a great love of sewing, and all the possibilities it provided for creativity. With a mother who would sew doll clothes for Barbie and Midge for me and my sister, to an aunt who taught home economics, I showed both interest and talent, and was greatly encouraged by family. Long hours and hours during summers at the lake were spent creating next year's wardrobe. By the same token, Christmas and special events were made so special, making all sewn gifts for family. I could hardly wait for others to open! One was a full flared jeans jacket, pants, and cap for my younger brother. Or learning machine quilting to sew family quilts for wedding gifts. My Mom was so much my best cheerleader, rounding up other family and friends to provide my services, for a little pocket money for school.
Of course, throughout these early years, no sewing course was left untaken. I visualized a career as a fashion buyer. Well, a post college retail management experience was short-lived, returning to get an education degree. I did substitute teaching for a year, then headed on to a career in business.
With a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising (Clothing and Textiles from WSU, and a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education from EWU, I really spent a career in sales/marketing, administration, and technology. . but this experience has ultimately brought it all together for me. I had three other sewing businesses (Sew Many Dreams - costuming in Spokane, Kea Decor - Home Dec in Portland, and Sew Mobility - General) always alongside full time work. My passion for the art has always been there.
Sewinjeanius, the core service business, started on a whim, collecting jeans back in Spokane in 2013. It has transformed from doing at-home design work, to a jeans alterations shop at the back of a small strip mall in Spokane Valley. We now provide sewing services from a small second floor studio / workshop in downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
So here we are - a new addition to the business. Making and Marketing Pet Products - what an exciting market to be in! Since Spring 2014, time has been spent in local craft fairs, street fairs, a bit online, direct marketing, print advertising, you name it, ....an enormous amount of work to make it happen full circle...but I've loved it too! People love to talk about their pets, show pictures, relate to others that way. It may not be the most "designable" product to produce, but it has brought others (and myself) such joy....
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