Susan Bendall's Profile

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Above all else, I am a fabric lover and passionate sewer. You could say I taught myself to sew when I was a kid and would take my mother’s fabric scraps, a needle and some thread and hand sew new clothes for my Barbies. In Junior High School, I finally learned to sew on a machine in my Home Economics class – how I didn’t bother to do this at home I’ll never know. From there, I decided to take Fashion Studies in High School, fell in love with sewing and decided I would become a fashion designer. I applied to Ryerson University, and in the final hour of being accepted, chickened out and went to my local University to study Human Ecology instead – thinking then, that this would lead me down the same path anyway. Well, things didn’t really work out as I had hoped. After studying for 4 years, and only taking 2 sewing classes, I realized this was probably not my quickest path to fame and fortune as a designer. Despite this, I did do a work…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 29
  • Joined November 7, 2011

Favorite materials

Flannel, Cotton, Minky, Vibrant Prints, Rylie Blake Fabrics, Michael Miller Fabrics

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About

Above all else, I am a fabric lover and passionate sewer. You could say I taught myself to sew when I was a kid and would take my mother’s fabric scraps, a needle and some thread and hand sew new clothes for my Barbies. In Junior High School, I finally learned to sew on a machine in my Home Economics class – how I didn’t bother to do this at home I’ll never know. From there, I decided to take Fashion Studies in High School, fell in love with sewing and decided I would become a fashion designer. I applied to Ryerson University, and in the final hour of being accepted, chickened out and went to my local University to study Human Ecology instead – thinking then, that this would lead me down the same path anyway. Well, things didn’t really work out as I had hoped. After studying for 4 years, and only taking 2 sewing classes, I realized this was probably not my quickest path to fame and fortune as a designer. Despite this, I did do a work placement with a local gown designer, but again did not learn much about sewing or designing. Upon graduation I’d lost my desire to design clothing and didn’t know what do to instead.

Here is where I fell into my career in retail. I had worked part-time in clothing stores while going to school, and it’s all I really knew when it came to finding a job. A year or so after I finished university I was presented with an opportunity to go dress mannequins at GapKids. This sounded incredibly fun so I took the job. And it was fun! Over the course of nearly 4 years, I worked my way up in the company until I was merchandising manager, a position I held for almost 2 years before falling out of love with it. I missed being able to work creatively everyday, and I missed having a consistent schedule where I wasn’t working evenings and weekends. So, in June of this year I took a huge leap of faith and quit my job!

After a few months of self discovery and relaxation, I realized that maybe I should try making a living out of what I love to do - sew! I took some fabric I had around my house and started sewing. The items in my shop are the result of this adventure. I hope you find something you love as much as I love making them for you.

If you want to see more of what I do, visit my blog: susansalukcreates.com

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