Feature Friday: Chelsea Twichell Owner of Sew TWICH
Feature Fridays will be dedicated to highlighting local businesses, boutiques, and resources for new and expecting Mommas in the community. I have been meeting with business owners, doulas, and local Mom's to create these posts and I will eventually be creating an online and printable guide. If you know someone that should be included email me with their information.
This weeks Feature Friday highlights a talented local Mom. She is raising 3 beautiful kids and running a business. If you haven't heard of Sew TWICH you are SO missing out! My kiddos have been wearing handmade goods from this Momma for the past couple of years and I adore everything she makes.
Here is a quick Q & A with the very talented Chelsea Twichell of Sew TWICH. I had the pleasure of taking a few photos of her and her beautiful kiddos Keegan (8), Kylee (6), and Brynlee (3) at Lavender Ridge in Reno. And in case you are wondering... yes she did make those darling dresses her daughters are wearing! She even makes tiny newborn sized items for you new mommas out there!
When did you learn to sew and who taught you?
My mom has sewn as long as I can remember - I actually had stitches on my forehead from tripping over her machine as a 2 or 3 year old! My parents bought me my first machine for Christmas about 5 years ago and it sat in the closet for a good year. When I had my 3rd baby, I was drawn to some adorable handmade burp cloths on Etsy, which inspired me to finally get it out and try to make my own. My mom gave me a quick tutorial & it’s been a learning experience since then.
Have you been teaching your own children to sew as well?
My middle child, Kylee, has an interest in sewing since the beginning (she’s almost 7 now). I bought her a cheap kids machine to play on but I need to invest in just a regular machine for her. She loves creating things with my scrap pieces of fabric.
What made you decide to start your own business?
I graduated from UNR with my bachelors in business administration with a focus on marketing...I immediately went to work at the Nevada Opera as their marketing associate and stayed there for a year. I then landed a job at Bank of America and worked my way up the ladder for 5 years - I ended up having my first two babies while working there and had a terrible time leaving them for work everyday. I needed to find a way to stay at home with them - so I opened up my own licensed in home daycare for a year. My husband got a promotion which allowed me to just stay at home and be mom. :) Like I said, after my third baby was born, I felt the need for a creative outlet and boy, did I find it! I just sold those burp cloths to friends and family for the first month but, after a push from those lovely friends, I decided to try and sell to a broader audience & sew TWICH was born!
What do you find most rewarding?
I love being able to financially help my family while being at home - I love that they see mommy working too & paying for our activities, vacations, etc.
How do you find inspiration for your work? Choosing what materials you will use what products you will offer etc?
I wish I had a better answer for my rhyme & reason about the fabrics I choose & patterns of pieces I make but it’s just what I run across and feel like my customers would like! I feel like some businesses are very capsule oriented but I love lots of pattern mixing, colors - not just different shades of white/black and solids.
Is there anything that your customers may be surprised to learn about you?
My husband and I are both born & raised Nevadans and even went to the same high school (2 years apart) but didn’t meet until we went to UNR. I took a semester off school at UNR to travel around the world (literally) on Semester at Sea with my best friend since 5th grade - it was the trip of of a lifetime!
How much time a week do you think you spend sewing ?
It depend on the season (coming up on my busiest time) so I’m trying not to overwhelm myself at the moment. Generally speaking, I sew during the week 10-2 (with lots of breaks) and sometimes an hour or 2 in the evening. I cut out everything for the next day after my kids are in bed (1-2 hours). I try to not sew much on the weekends but if we don’t have plans or are stuck inside, I’ll find my way to my sewing machine.
How can people stay in the loop on what you are up to?
I primarily sell on Etsy & my FB group “sew TWICH VIP”. I have an Instagram @sewtwich though I’m not great at updating it continuously. www.etsy.com/shop/sewtwich
(My Etsy store will probably be closed for the year when this publishes due to fall/Halloween/Christmas madness in the FB group) ;)