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Life & Work with Karen Kaiser

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Kaiser.

Hi Karen, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
As soon as the pandemic began, I noticed a need for cloth masks as they were not readily available in stores or online. I pulled my sewing machine out of the attic and went to work making reusable masks to donate to people in the community. I ended up making over 400 masks and donating them to doctors, nurses, grocery workers, delivery drivers, teachers, and pastors, all while quarantining at home with two small children. Once the need for masks disappeared, I realized that I didn’t want to stop creating. I began sewing dresses and skirts and shorts and other types of custom clothing for my daughter and her friends.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The main challenge has just been finding time to sew. Our son was born in October 2019 so while he isn’t officially a “pandemic baby”, he has rarely been in the care of anyone else and has always been home with me. We also chose to keep our daughter out of PreK in the fall of 2020 in order to keep some high-risk relatives safe until they could get vaccinated. So I became a homeschool PreK teacher in addition to a full-time caregiver to an infant, which left me little time to work on my sewing projects.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I like to create one-of-a-kind whimsical pieces that children love to wear. As my daughter would say, I make “twirly dresses”. I enjoy mixing fabrics and patterns in unique ways to create a custom garment that parents and children will cherish.

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