Fifty-two years ago, at the age of 8, Laura began her sewing journey, starting with a child’s sewing machine. Back in 1968, compared to today’s beginner sewing machines, the child’s beginner models actually worked allowing a child to learn some basic skills, while enjoying their creativity.
By the time Laura was 12, she began using her mother’s Singer sewing machine to make her school clothing of dresses, blouses and pants. Even at that young age, before she started any home economics courses in school, she was matching plaids, putting in zippers, and lining things up so that the clothing looked just as nice as the ready-to-wear clothing one would find at the local clothing stores. Of course, back in the late 60’s – 70’s, fabric was also quite a bit less expensive than what we find in todays market, and the quality far superior. Yet, Laura’s goal, when creating items to sell, is to make sure the fabric is of quality as well as the construction. This means that Laura’s items will never be able to compete with the OTR (Off the rack) ready made items, but instead be made with a great attention to detail, love and prayer.
While working as an Accountant, she and her husband began their family, and were blessed with little girls. Of course, as one would imagine, there were many little girl dresses and outfits, bedding, and doll clothing that was created for them as they grew. During lunches at work, she would sometimes work on the little creations, which sparked an interest in others wanting to purchase items from her.
With 16 years working in the accounting field, specializing in cost, financial planning and office management, this experience assisted her in making a decision in which she knew how to absorb her costs and allow her to run a business vs. a hobby. In 2000, Laura officially established her sewing business, creating custom items for infants, children, along with specialized, custom doll clothing for doll collectors. As word got out of her skills, people began requesting alterations and mending from everyday wear to formal and wedding attire, as well as military patchwork and alterations.
As in life, there can be challenges that enrich or challenge our path. In 2014, Laura had to retire from her sewing, except for the occasional request, due to Lyme disease and its co-infections, along with a few other health concerns. Despite her exhaustion and pain, she learned how to crochet, as it allowed her to feel productive.
During the past 6-year time span (2014-2020), Laura has learned a great deal about Lyme disease itself as well as holistic means to healing such as with essential oils and herbs, which has enabled her to write again while regaining her strength to sew. Although she nor her LLMD might not consider Laura in remission, as it is possible she will never reach that goal, as the diagnosis was made so late; although the efforts made in using nutrition and herbs has allowed her to function and feel a bit closer to her new normal.
In addition, she works with herbs creating her own tinctures and supplements, she has also returned to some photography as well as reading aloud to young children, mostly designed for her grandson, on a youtube channel called “Story Time with Grammy Field”.
The goal for Davina Dawn Sewing Specialties, is to focus on heirloom custom work, New Life Textile products of interest for her family and others as well as items for sale, while making room in her schedule to provide limited alterations and mending.
For those looking to have Laura provide sewing services, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org the details of your project along with pictures, or via Facebook through the messaging portal provided there.
I look forward to allowing my creativity to create and inspire.
~ Putting Thread to Fabric ~