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Rising Stars: Meet Carla Woodson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Woodson.

Hi Carla, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I learned to sew when I was 12 years old, and I re-learned at 16 years old after I got an Asian Ball Joint Doll for which I made clothes for. I cosplay, make vintage reproduction clothes from vintage patterns, do historical costuming, and I YouTube about it. It’s quite fun, and it makes the sewing process very interesting.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been a bit bumpy. Having depression takes a toll on my creativity, and I often get discouraged with my work. But when I have a good day, it’s a wonderful road full of straights seams and perfect buttonholes.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a vintage and historical seamstress who utilizes YouTube to show off her projects. I’ve sewn vintage reproduction clothing for myself for a number of years and I’m not stopping anytime soon. At first, I didn’t see many Black people making their own vintage clothes, so it was kind of lonely in that regard. But, I’ve powered through and have found some fellow Black people who do create their own vintage clothing.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Keeping my head up and having a very supportive family.

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