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Donna is a human dynamo and one half of Sew and so, an alterations, custom dressmaking, monogramming and embroidery business in Steubenville, Ohio. She has been sewing since she was 4 which means at 44, she has FOUR decades of sewing experience, half of that professionally. She can pretty well sew anything, including shoes for men with bunions!

Sewing is what puts bread on the table but she also enjoys jewelry making. Her uncommon set of skills means she is able to deliver a unique combination service to her clients. Take Tiffany for example. She was a Florida based bride who sent Donna pictures of the style of gown she wanted AND a five tiered pearl choker. But Tiffany wanted just three tiers. So Donna not only designed and sewed the gown, she also created the jewelry, veil, and pearl decorated comb as shown on this page. Now how many of us can do all that?

The pearl choker was made using memory wire. Donna has generously written out the instructions on how to make it on her website, alongside her other jewelry designs. In her tutorial, she explains how to place the connectors and calculate the number of pearls needed between.

Like a lot of creative people, she has other outlets including basketry, cooking and rug making. She also enjoys selling on eBay. Given her dressmaking skills where measurement and calculations are key and her creative flair, I was not surprised to learn she is also a logic puzzle fanatic and is addicted to Conceptis Puzzles. She has even written puzzles for Penny Press. Donna's day must consist of 48 hours or more for she has also managed to find time to start a blog - an instructional site for seamstresses!

Photos with kind permission from Donna.
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