What is your full name and name of the business?
Alicia Zylstra, Raise Organics Co.
What is your favorite item(s) to sew?
I’m a sucker for anything teeny-tiny. I love sewing little newborn sets.
At what age did you start sewing?
I got my first sewing machine as a gift from my grandma when I was six. I sewed little projects on and off through high school – headbands, hemming jeans – nothing fancy. I really became passionate about sewing once I had my first son at 26. I began with burp cloths and cloth wipes and was hooked once I started sewing clothes.
Where do you sell your sewing?
What else would you like to share with our readers?
After having three kids, a couple of things became very clear to me. ONE we were producing SO much clothing waste. Bags of clothing donations that were barely worn either because they grew too fast or because it just didn’t coordinate with anything. (I’m looking at you, yellow and purple polka dot puppy dog shirt with eyelid flaps). TWO my kids thrived on (and even insisted on) their independence. Over the years, we have implemented Montessori practices into our lifestyle. Picking out their clothes and dressing independently brought so much joy and confidence to my oldest boys.
Of course, their outfits hardly ever matched, but it was an expression of their personalities and they were proud of their work. I came up with a solution to both these issues. I began creating capsule clothing collections for my youngest. And it.was.great.
That is what we’re bringing you with Raise Organics. ONE Gender neutral Baby Essentials that can be worn and passed down across genders and seasons. TWO Capsule Collections that coordinate with past and future collections and can be worn in multiple ways to create a variety of outfits. Most importantly, our ethically made capsule collections will empower your littles by giving them the independence they desire.
Our mission is to get children involved in the clothing process so we can raise the standard in the fashion industry while raising good stewards of our earth and its people.
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