A self-taught seamstress, Meredith Kramer '06 first started sewing in high school when she found her grandmother’s supplies in the attic.
A decade later, Kramer had honed her skills to specialize in dresses for herself and others. On a whim she entered Simplicity’s Inspired by Project Runway Pattern Design Contest and captured the grand prize using an artistically classical design with a pop – a surprise element.
"Simple, that’s what I like," said Kramer, former Culture & Heritage Museum’s membership coordinator now living in Virginia Beach, Va.
Simplicity flew Kramer to New York City to meet with the company’s design and production staff. Her pattern will be produced for the Simplicity Spring 2011 catalog and distributed worldwide. Her entry contained a halter dress core pattern with five variations so other seamstresses can add a ruffle collar or belt and make it long or short.
The company videotaped her visiting the Park Avenue offices and then the garment and fabric districts to pick out materials. "I didn’t really like the limelight," said Kramer. "I would much rather be sewing."
The art history major from Chapin, S.C., loves to piece together dresses from various patterns. She is making six bridesmaid dresses for a friend and may one day return to school to learn the technical skills of dress making. "This has been a huge encouragement," Kramer said. "I would love to own my own business or online business making dresses for people."
Last updated: 03/28/2011