“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris, ‘The Beauty of Life’, 1880
Hi, I’m Rebecca! Artist, stay at home wife + mother, seamstress & beginning natural dye artisan living in beautiful Plantation, FL. I first started sewing when my kids were born to help express myself creatively in the midst of motherhood.
I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember. Drawing and painting were my first loves. I studied Printmaking in college, receiving my BFA from Hartford Art School. The combination of bookmaking, typography, drawing and chemistry was irresistible. Some of the same reasons I now love working with dyes and learning to draft patterns.
I dabbled in intricate embroidery and hand sewn costumes over the years but never touched a sewing machine until I was in my 30’s.
After kids everything changed for me. As I slowly became a “crunchy” momma I grew concerned with all the chemicals I was using and I slowly switched our family to a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle.
I originally started sewing to make crafts, items for my home and baby gear. I think my first makes were some baby slings. After my daughter was born and I finally had a little girl to dress I started making kid’s clothes. I figured if I could teach myself to make those surely I could make my own wardrobe too.
The Sew Pomona blog was born of my desire to share what I was making and motivate me to learn all I could.
My goals for this year are to keep learning. To use organic and sustainable/recycled materials whenever possible. To continue to explore natural dyeing. To learn how to spin and weave my own textiles. To draft and grade my own patterns.
I hope to own my own slow fashion business using natural plant-based dyes and clothing/patterns I design within the next year or two. I’m slowly moving toward that goal as my kids get older and more independent and I gain more time to focus on my art.
Thanks for joining me on this journey! Enjoy!
family photos courtesy © Megan DiPiero Photography