Many students here at Northwest have special talents that set them apart from other students. Junior Sarah Strempke is no exception. She designs and produces party dresses.
Strempke was inspired to make her dresses from her grandma, who taught her how to sew but when Strempke started high school last year, she started making them for the dances here at Northwest. She usually makes party dresses, but she is looking forward to making other types of dresses and clothing.
“I’m excited to make a long formal dress for Prom.” Strempke said, “ I also have material for some shirts I want to make, but I haven’t made any yet.”
Strempke usually always wears the dresses she makes to our dances, including this year’s Sadie Hawkins last Saturday. She loves designing the dresses for the dances because she knows she can have fun with it while making it what she wants, and students here, including Ashley Faulkner, asked Strempke to remake part of a vintage dress for her last Saturday for the Sadie Hawkins dance.
“She just told me to do whatever,” Strempke said. “Which was awesome.”
Strempke almost always makes the dresses on a mannequin, which, she says helps out the process a lot.
“I can just pin fabric to it to see if it will look how I want to. Then I sew it all together.” Strempke said.
She can make her everyday clothing the same way, but it’s just a lot simpler.
Because Strempke has made dresses for every dance here at Northwest, she is really looking into a career and college major in fashion.
“I was planning to study graphic design in college, but now a fashion major is looking fun too,” Strempke said.