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Ajaire has been an avid sewist and crafter for over 25 years. When her daughter was born in 2011 she found an outlet for all her creative ideas and the focus of Call Ajaire shifted to sewing and fashion inspiration for young girls. Though most known for Call Ajaire’s Monthly MashUp series, in 2015 she finally launched her children’s clothing patterns under Designs by Call Ajaire (DbCA). Ajaire has contributed the Crossover flounce dress to Issue 11.
Tell me a little about your business and how you got into designing/sewing.
I’ve always loved making. I started cross stitching at an early age and hand sewing quickly came next. I taught myself how to use my mother’s sewing machine in my teens and I never turned back. In college I learned to knit and crochet, but there’s something about sewing that keeps calling to me. When my daughter was born I was filled with inspiration which prompted my foray into design. I spent her early baby years (she just turned five) learning everything I could about fashion design and pattern development. My blog Call Ajaire has been around since the beginning, but I finally released my first pattern with Designs by Call Ajaire (DbCA) a year ago. Being a stay at home mother to my girl there isn’t an abundance of time for design so things have trudged along slowly with my first few patterns. With her going to kindergarten in September I’ll be able to concentrate on DbCA and look forward to seeing the direction it takes.
What/where/who inspires you?
As I mentioned above, my girl is my biggest inspiration. I make all of her clothes, even down to the boring bits like underwear and socks, and somedays is feels like a blank slate just waiting to be filled in. Now that she’s getting a little older, it’s so cool to have her feedback and see parts of her style come together in the things I make for her. I look ahead to what’s available to tweens and teens in the stores these days and I’m thankful to be able to sew for her. She’ll be able to have modest pieces that are in style, yet age appropriate. I can see myself concentrating on the pre-teen scene these next few years.
What’s something people might not know about you?
How to pronounce Ajaire, haha. You can check out this somewhat old (painful for me to watch!) video in which I pronounce my name in the first few seconds.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Be kind to yourself. Sewing is a skill that can be honed just like anything else. You can produce something beautiful the first time, but if you don’t make sure you keep trying. If you picked up the guitar and couldn’t play it perfectly the first time would you be surprised? Everything takes practice in order to improve. People often say that they can’t sew or that they wish they could sew as quickly or well as I do when they see my girl’s clothes. But sewing is something I do almost every single morning. Imagine what you could do if you practiced something at least an hour each day.
What’s your favorite pattern/thing you have sewn? What are you working on now?
My favorite thing is probably this dress I made with fabric I created myself for Project Run & Play season 9. Look out for an article in OT Issue 12 on how to create fabric like this with scraps.
Right now I’m working on a swimsuit pattern which should be available the first week of July. I love swimsuit sewing and can’t wait to for you guys to get your hands on it. Join the Designs by Call Ajaire facebook group for more sneak peeks and info when it’s release.