When I heard about a young Grand Rapids woman who liked to make her own clothing, I never imagined the level of creativity or craftsmanship I would find presented in this wunderkind’s prolific collection. I had to learn more.
LE: So, tell me about yourself.
HV: My name is Hannah Vierheilig, I’m 19 years old and I love to sew.
LE: What’s your creative process?
HV: I think my creative process starts with an inspiration or idea and then an inescapable urge to make whatever I have envisioned. Once I have thought out the actual process of making a project, I start with a vision board– usually, sketching, measuring, remeasuring, and creating pattern pieces.
LE: Do you make your own patterns/design the clothes yourself?
HV: A big part and pride of my work is the fact that I create and design all of the patterns myself. This is also a big step factor in my growth of sewing and clothing design because of the intricacies and challenges that come with pattern making.
LE: At what age did you start sewing/making clothing?
HV: When I first started sewing I was about eight years old and I had taken a sewing elective class where I fell in love with the craft.
LE: How did you learn? Did you have any mentors?
HV: My teacher and mentor Mrs. Jo McGavin taught me how to work a sewing machine and the many techniques that go with it. But I am self taught in clothing construction and design. I have watched countless YouTube tutorials and learned even more from my coworkers at my job.
LE: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
HV: I draw inspiration from mainly my emotions when I create my pieces. For example, the tic tac toe jacket came from a place of nostalgia around the holidays when my family was all together and it reminded me of the games I used to play with my siblings and cousins when we were younger.
LE: Who are your favorite fashion icons, designers or influencers?
HV: Another big inspiration and influence on my designs are my favorite fashion designers- Vivienne Westwood has always been a huge one and Betsy Johnson as well.
Both of these designers really create unique combinations of feminine and masculine elements that I hope to reflect in my work as well.
LE: Do you have a website, pop-up shop or place that people can view or purchase your clothing? Or an Instagram?
HV: More of my work and sewing progression can be viewed on my instagram @hv.stitches.