We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorinda Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lorinda, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My grandmother was a master seamstress and taught me how to sew at a young age. I have always loved clothes and costumes, which started my curiosity in learning more techniques behind how they were made. My daughter had a passion for ballet at an early age and at her first Nutcracker performance, I volunteered to help with costume repairs and alterations. I became fascinated at how tutus were constructed. While preparing for the 2017 Nutcracker performance with the routine changes and adjustments, I had a conversation with the director of the ballet company regarding my desire to learn the process of creating tutus. She gave me the inspirational push by stating that if I learned the technique, I would be given the position of primary costumer for the company. That was all I needed to hear to begin my journey. As I delved into my research, I quickly learned there were not many true costumers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and it was at that pivotal moment that I decided to turn my passion into a business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am reminded of a quote from a former networking business that still resonates today: “Love what you do and do what you love.” It is truly the passion of creativeness that is the driving force of my ambition. Tutus and costumes are the reflections of every client’s imagination. An ice skater’s ensemble can be flowy, shimmering, or both. A dancer has a vision of being on stage and wants a tutu to reflect her personality as well as tell her story. Everyone is unique as is my collaboration with them. My goal is always to bring to fruition their dreams and surpass their expectations. I also have a passion for creating designs that showcase a unique sense of style within a fashion era such as the 1940’s or 1950’s. I strive to find the best resources for my designs. Quality is the utmost importance as it reflects in the finished product. The drape of a sleeve, the stiffness of a tutu, the boning in a bodice, and more all rely on my diligence to acquire the finest materials for each project. My belief is that to create, you must first understand your tools.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Stockyards in Fort Worth are always great to visit. Southlake Town square is perfect for shopping. My family are foodies, so we love to find fun and unique eateries such as the Patriotic Pig. It is one of our favorite bar-b-que locations in Tarrant County. In Dallas, restaurants on Greenville/Lower Greenville are always entertaining. One of my favorites at this location is Snuffer’s. A little-known historic, Jack Ruby’s club, is just next door to it. Another unique area is the Founders Memorial Cemetery near the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where you can learn about the assassination of President Kennedy and get a glimpse of the infamous route. I tend to find the extraordinary, rare, and exclusive locales so that a visit with me will create invaluable memories.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are several people who have been alongside me and I am grateful for the roles they’ve played in my journey. First and foremost is Nicolina Lawson of Ballet North Texas for the inspiration to move forward with my dreams and entrusting me with their production designs. Next is Judy Jameson-Goff and Tamara for both being a constant source of encouragement and referrals. Of course, my family and friends for their patience and understanding for my dedication during the hectic performance seasons. Lastly, a former mentor who recognized my dedication to her ultimate success as a personal seamstress, which gave me the epiphany of needing to live my passion.
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