VACHERIE — As an alternative of buying a promenade costume, Amaya Johnson of Vacherie determined to create one herself.
The outcome was a blinding blue mermaid-style robe with a rhinestone neckline and a sublime practice.
Johnson picked up a stitching machine for the primary time originally of the COVID-19 shutdown. With stitching courses closed in the course of the pandemic, she relied on YouTube tutorials and lots of trial and error to be taught a ability that may information her by way of the remainder of her life.
Johnson began her enterprise, Unique Kreationz, at 16 years previous in July 2020. Now 18 years previous and graduating from St. James Excessive Faculty, Johnson is embarking on a brand new journey at Southern College, the place she plans to check enterprise administration and style design.
“I completely liked stitching from the start. When my stitching machine got here in, I began studying about completely different strategies and completely different materials. It wasn’t at all times straightforward, however I like the training course of and having full inventive management of what I’m doing,” Johnson mentioned.
Johnson began out making reversible satin hair bonnets, hair scrunchies and ruffled socks. From there, she expanded her horizons to alterations similar to stitching fringes onto pants, turning common denims into skinny denims, hemming garments, and taking in attire on the waist. When Mardi Gras rolled round, she created jumpsuits for a few the native krewes.
Johnson’s promenade costume was her first handmade, full-length robe. She wished to design a costume that might make a press release whereas additionally being attainable for a newbie to stitch. Cinderella’s glowing robe was her inspiration as she took on a brand new stitching problem.
Johnson created her costume over the course of three months throughout her free time between faculty, band observe and work. There have been a few damaged needles concerned, and at occasions it appeared like the material and the machine have been combating towards one another. It was all value it in the long run, and he or she even realized at hand sew whereas engaged on the rhinestone piece that hangs within the entrance of the robe.
“I knew I wished to make my very own promenade costume. Whilst a child, after I would go into shops and search for attire for balls, I might by no means discover something that I appreciated,” Johnson mentioned. “This was the start to see if I might do it. I’ve a enterprise already, however I need to begin an even bigger one. I need to make promenade attire, formal robes and wedding ceremony attire. I additionally need to make different issues like informal put on, denims, homecoming model attire, attire for little women, jumpsuits. I would like an entire model.”
Johnson’s mom, Sakina Alexander, is happy with her creativity.
“She’s completely different from the common scholar,” Alexander mentioned. “She is a pacesetter in nearly every part she does. She desires to begin the development as a substitute of following the development. I like that independence about her.”
Increasing her style design enterprise isn’t the one factor Johnson has to sit up for at Southern College.
Band has been one other ardour for Johnson over the previous six years. Serving as drum main throughout her junior and senior years, she has led the St. James marching band to quite a few awards, together with three superior rankings this previous weekend at Six Flags over Georgia.
After acquiring quite a few tutorial and band scholarship gives from 20 schools, Johnson has determined to affix Southern College’s world-famous Human Jukebox Marching Band.
Johnson has received drum main, management and most improved scholar awards at St. James Excessive Faculty. She’s an honor roll scholar at present incomes faculty credit in twin enrollment programs, and he or she was among the many nominees for 12th grade scholar of the 12 months.
For extra details about Johnson’s style enterprise, e mail [email protected], go to exclusivekreationz.bigcartel.com, or seek for unique.kreationz on Instagram.