Today we’d like to introduce you to Sofiya Borovytska.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I was born in Izmail, Ukraine a year before our family moved to The States. Ever since we moved to Kansas City, I’ve seen the city grow and began to fall in love with it. I’ve always had an interest in clothing and sewing. I have a vision of going to a university and graduating as a fashion designer.
Once after high school, I took a break and my plan turned 180. It all started off in my mom’s tailor shop. I have always seen her busy with clothing, working hard. I never envisioned myself as a tailor or a seamstress.
There is a big difference between tailor and fashion designer… People tend to mix those up. A fashion designer only creates clothing, either for fashion shows or to sell it themselves. Everything depends on where you want to brand your name.
Currently, I am a tailor myself. I create, alter, and repair clothing. Anything you can think of with clothing I can do. Slowly, I began to love the seamstress career much more.
Being able to alter a garment into a completely new piece is mesmerizing. It’s a true talent for both industries.
I’m very glad I chose the profession that I did. It wasn’t easy getting started with something new.
I am very proud that I decided to slowly show my progress on Instagram. Kansas City is very supportive. All I’ve gotten was support since I opened up my Instagram for the world to see. It hasn’t been a year and I’ve already gained so much support from everyone around.
When I was looking for a brand name, I had no ideas come to mind. I always wanted something to pop out, but keep its simplicity. I did my research through the KC community of other seamstresses. I was surprised to not find a single person. I wish to see more young creators. It’s definitely a lost talent and something that is necessary everywhere!
For the time being, I’m happy to help as the KC SEAMSTRESS.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
In this past year when I started to show my work. It was definitely a process to get used to everything new I started to show.
At first, I didn’t want to show my work. I was scared. Failure got the best of me. After a while, I got more confident in my content I was showing. Ever since I get very happy to upload something new.
My clients really made this all happen. The amount of support I get is incredible.
I love to see the smile I can bring someone, through clothing. Giving them the confidence to rock that garment again.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Working with clothing can be tricky, finding that perfect fit. It’s not always simple and easy…
I’m an alterations specialist. I am known for flipping garments. Getting into more detail; I work with wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, all sorts of suits.
Not only big event garments, but the simple ones as well. Including jeans, blouses, casual dresses, skirts, kids’ clothing, and coats, etc…
My most popular service is hemming, that is shortening the garment to your liking.
Taking in a garment is another issue most people run into. Not fitting your body. We all want it to suppress the waist. With today’s fashion, the more the better!
Being a tailor, a lot comes into your hands. Being efficient with the quality of your work. Something that sets me apart from others is my knowledge in altering. I have always had a different “outside the box” thinking. I am always on the lookout for a new, more effective technique.
I specialize very well in my hemming in jeans, dresses, gowns, and including other garments. I analyze the garment, looking for the best hem before I start.
Using several machines is something very important, not that everyone can use.
A professional tailor cannot only use one machine, I use several for each unique hem.
A cover stitch machine can be very tricky to use at first because you are using a twin needle technique to create the hem. Making sure the understitch is straight and aligned.
Including the blind stitch machine, it holds a lot of power. Giving you a blind stitch with no thread shown on the clothing.
I am a growing tailor and appreciate everyone’s support. This career definitely includes a lot of knowledge and skill.
I have learned so many important skills in this short time. Every day is a new day to learn more!
- Email: Sofiyaborovytska@gmail.com
- Instagram: Kc.seamstress