Choosing a career of her own design

Activity: Sophomore Zoe Weinmann spends her free time designing her own clothes

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Choosing a career of her own design

Sophomore Zoe Weinmann poses next to a shirt she designed and created.

Sophomore Zoe Weinmann poses next to a shirt she designed and created.

Used with permission from Zoe Weinmann

Sophomore Zoe Weinmann poses next to a shirt she designed and created.

Used with permission from Zoe Weinmann

Used with permission from Zoe Weinmann

Sophomore Zoe Weinmann poses next to a shirt she designed and created.

Ndunzi Kunsunga

Where did you learn to do this?

Pretty much at home. The first time I learned how to sew, I was nine and there was a rip on something I was wearing and I tried to see if I could do it, and I actually managed to fix the hole. When I was in sixth grade, I got a sewing machine for Christmas, and that’s where I learned how to use a machine. I started out by making doll clothes. Then later, I took lessons in the summer before eighth grade.

Does your hobby influenced any of your class choices?

I did take French because of fashion because I knew quite a bit about that and thought it was interesting. Also, I really want to go out to Paris someday and I’m hoping to go there after high school. So I wanted to know the language first and be able to connect with the culture.

What type of clothing do you make?

Mostly just casual straight style for the time being. I plan on going to college for fashion design where I might learn how to make a slightly different design aesthetic. I know I’m thinking about designing wedding dresses maybe later in the future, too.

When did you first start designing and making clothes?

I guess third grade because that was when I just started drawing out designs and seeing if I could redraw what was in my closet. And then, later, I figured out how to make things that were different and do something creative. After about a year of that I started to think of it as a career, when I started taking design classes.

What type of clothes do you enjoy making the most?

Somewhat simpler clothes that I can put my heart into.

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