This Woman Will Make You Want to Brush Up on Your Sewing Skills

You’re never too young to make a fashion statement — at least, this is the style philosophy of Brooklyn-based fashion designer and author Lesley Ware. Lesley, who recently released her first book, Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas ($19), believes that “fashion is fun” and can be empowering as well. We’re huge proponents of brushing up on our sewing skills, so we chatted with Lesley to learn more about her style philosophy, her inspiration and more.


Lesley sees fashion as a great unifier and a source of confidence. “Fashion should not revolve around materialism or divide girls into the ‘haves and the have nots,’” she says. “If girls can speak up with their fashion, they can find the confidence to speak up in other ways too.” Lesley’s love affair with fashion began when she was four years old, helping her mother sew. Although she never formally studied design, her passion for fashion was always there. This drive eventually propelled Lesley to leave her full-time nonprofit job behind and start her own business, The Creative Cookie – a boutique sewing studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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