Junior creates Instagram for business

@sick_threadz sells thrifted, revamped clothing


Neb Bekele

Junior Evie Gutzke designs her own clothing and shoes to wear. She also sells her designs to people who are interested on her Instagram @sick_threadz.

Sofie Geretz

@sick_threadz sells clothing bought from thrift stores or take people’s clothing and adds detailing, according to Junior Evie Gutzke.

“I take thrifted clothing and revamp it so it’s more modern and I can resell it. I add my own detailing to it and make it my own,” Gutzke said. “You can also bring your own clothes in and I will (for example) paint your jeans for you, or add a patch to your shirt, or embroider them.”

According to senior Patrick Djerf, he first learned of Gutzke’s business through Instagram and was impressed with her work.

“I heard about it when I was talking to Evie in my Echowan class. She requested to follow me and I saw Evie’s work and thought it was really cool looking, so I followed back,” Djerf said.

Gutzke said she has been running the business herself since it was started at the beginning of the year.

“I started with my sister, but she doesn’t really do anything with it, which is fine. It’s kind of just me. Oct. 1 was the first time I posted anything,” Gutzke said.

Gutzke said she started her clothing business because of her love of embroidering and the positive feedback she’s received on her work.

“I’ve always loved embroidering. I have made my own clothes and added detailing and done my own things with them,” Gutzke said. “People compliment me and ask me where I got stuff and it’s literally just me thrifting it and making it so much cheaper.”

Djerf said he admires Gutzke for taking what she loves and turning it into a business.

“It’s really cool that a young person at our school is taking something that she’s really passionate about, which is fashion and art, and making a business out of it,” Djerf said.

Gutzke said a main reason for starting her business is because she wants to give people an economical alternative to more popular, mainstream clothing brands.

“(My clothes) look like stuff from Urban Outfitters or Brandy Melville. I wanted to give people the opportunity to buy (clothes that are) cheaper than what they would pay for at a name brand store,” Gutzke said. 

According to Djerf, his favorite work of Gutzke’s is her embroidered socks.

“I like the embroidered Nike socks. I like them with the Air Force 1s (shown) on the account,” Djerf said.

According to Gutzke, she embroiders and paints clothing, always improving her work through practice.

“I embroider, I add patches and I paint. I use a textile medium to paint on jeans,” Gutzke said. “I’ve done that a few times, but I don’t really follow the directions and all the paint ends up falling off, so I’m trying to get better at it.”

According to Gutzke, to buy clothing or request for an item of your clothing to be altered, text or direct message her business on Instagram @sick_threadz.